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    Oh no something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recover

    Hello
    I upgraded from 20.04 to 20.10 and yes I interrupted the upgrade when base-files took over an hour to install
    not sure if it was stuck or just was taking it's time...
    never the less I was able to login but my dock was not loading
    I had to reboot
    and ... the dam luck while I am continuing to upgrade the system, it froze with colors all screwed. my video card bonked, (it is not the driver) because even on the BIOS screen the letters start flashing all over the place
    and that is the 2nd upgrade interruption...
    I had an almost identical nvidia card so I replaced the video card and the display works fine now

    rebooted and now I get "Oh no something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recover"
    what I did
    I booted in recovery mode, fixed all the packages no more broken packages, my system is updated ... but same error as above

    reinstalled many times , gdm3, ubuntu-desktop, gnome, base-files
    dpkg-reconfigure -a .... nothing worked
    it has been a week. I almost tried everything I found on the internet related to this error

    when I have gdm3 configured my TTY do not work, I do not get the login screen it display the above error after boot
    when I have lightdm I get the login screen but it fails to log me in giving the error as above but it display the button to logout, TTY works fine and I can get to my /home
    not sure if important but lighdm login screen still display 20.04 LTS

    but everywhere else it display 20.10


    OS is Ubuntu
    Gnome DE
    nVidia 8500 gt


    any help is appreciated

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    Re: Oh no something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recov

    I upgraded from 20.04 to 20.10 and yes I interrupted the upgrade when base-files took over an hour to install
    Interruption of an upgrade has undoubtedly caused your problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by t825143 View Post
    it has been a week. I almost tried everything I found on the internet related to this error
    After a week without success, surely a fresh install and restore your backup is the solution.

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    Re: Oh no something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recov

    +1 with tea for one: time for a clean install. And, unless oyu have bleeding edge technology that has to have 20.10, I would stay with 20.04 until 22.04 is released in a little over a year from now.

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    Re: Oh no something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recov

    I agree to stick with 20.04......no cutting edge nothing, just a basic user but I have raids , encrypted volumes , just don't wanna screw it up and end up loosing some data...
    the upgrade was just a spur of the moment.

    but now I just want to salvage what I have without reinstalling
    too many settings...if you believe it this is the first upgrade that I could not solve since warty on same machine.

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    Re: Oh no something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recov

    just don't wanna screw it up and end up loosing some data

    I just want to salvage what I have without reinstalling
    Reading between the lines, I get the impression that you don't have a recent backup?

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