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    Ubuntu 16.04 GUI not working after upgrade

    So I had a 14.04 on a computer I don't really use anymore, today I did the upgrade dist, took a couple hours, everything seemed fine.
    At the end it asked me to reboot, as expected. Upon reboot I get this


    https://i.imgur.com/DGPW4gl.jpg

    I had to reset as nothing seemed to respond. After starting up I get this screen now

    https://i.imgur.com/QPe6orT.jpg
    a CTRL ALT F2 gives me the expected terminal-like thing, which seemed to work fine and made me think it's just the GUI that's the problem.

    But then I tried to do a sudo apt-get update, which didn't work either and gave me
    https://i.imgur.com/RjaCOTC.jpg

    so maybe it's a bigger problem?

    It would be a major inconvenience if I had to wipe the partition and do a clean install, so any and all help is appreciated.
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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04 GUI not working after upgrade

    Hi, welcome to the fora.

    I understand that a clean install of 18.04 or 19.10 might take some time if you have a complicated setup. On the other hand:

    Your post has been sitting for 20 hours without getting an answer. If you get one after X hours of additional waiting the solution may or may not work. If it does you will be running 16.04 and some day in the future you will have to repeat the process in order to get to a more recent release. We don't know wheter that will be smooth sailing or if problems are going to reappear.

    I tend to go for a clean install in these cases.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04 GUI not working after upgrade

    +1 to mrgs.

    Furthermore, you didn't really use that 14.04 system anymore, so it can't be that valuable. You may have some valuable data on it, but that's all backed up, right? I suggest a fresh install of 18.04 or 19.10. Normally I don't recommend to install interim releases, but both of them are just a single upgrade away from the next LTS release.

    Two of the screenshots you provided clearly indicate file system problems. Formatting the partition and making a fresh install should fix that. Unless your hard drive is broken, which isn't unlikely.

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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04 GUI not working after upgrade

    Thanks for the advice. I've backed up all the files.
    Problem is that I have Telegram and Skype on there, with histories that go back to 2014 and I'm not sure those are able to get backed up in any way.
    It won't be the end of the world if I lose them, but it would be worth it to spend a couple extra hours to try and preserve.

    Also, and this is more philosophical than anything, I like the idea of every problem being solvable.

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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04 GUI not working after upgrade

    Even if you manage to upgrade you will need a backup of the two sets of data. Better to do it before attempting.

    At least for Skype it looks easy: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA3...d-chat-history
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04 GUI not working after upgrade

    I just saw this post.
    If you're still watching this.

    Can you get to the graphic login screen?
    Does the error appear after you login or before?

    I'm not sure why you system is trying to load website on reboot. That is pretty odd. Do you know why that happens?
    It is likely something left over from you 14.04 installation.

    Since you can get to a terminal session I'd suggest trying to run
    Code:
    startx
    and see what happens.

    You might also try adding another user and logging into that user to get to a gui.

    I suspect your problem is with the user set up.

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