[Techtalk] Kubuntu starts only in recovery mode

Wim De Smet kromagg at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 05:11:26 EST 2006

On 2/2/06, Wafa Hakim <wafa1024 at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> Hi all,
> My first post...sadly it had to happen when I'm having trouble. I
> already sent this to the newchix list, but there was no response, so I
> thought this might be a better place.
> So up until yesterday my Kubuntu install on a Dell desktop was working
> fine & had been for the last couple of months. Yesterday, a script
> caused Firefox to hang, my entire system froze, & in frustration I
> restarted by turning the power off & power back on. I rebooted in
> Windows, installed an update to my ATI display driver, & tried to
> reboot into Kubuntu.
> Have been trying repeatedly, but no luck -- it goes through the boot
> process, reaches the stage where it says "configuring modules", loops
> back & begins the boot process again, & then finally reaches a root
> recovery prompt, saying it was unable to exit this runlevel & continue
> booting. The boot stage immediately preceding this is "setting up disk
> parameters".
> >From this root prompt, if I type startx, KDE loads fine & with no
> problem --
> except I am in recovery mode. Selecting recovery mode at boot time also
> leads to a smooth startup. I simply can't load the main user, i.e. me.
> (I have no other users set up on this machine).
> I tried adding the "norestore" command to the "boot" command in Grub's
> menu.lst file; same thing. Am sending this from my notebook, on which
> Kubuntu seems to be doing fine (fingers crossed). Any & all
> suggestions/help will be greatly appreciated...
> Thanks a ton,
> Wafa.

The fact that this happens during configuring of modules makes me
think something might be up there. Try reinstalling your kernel, and
see if that solves it.


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