Ubuntu Updates have stopped all Linux distros installing or working properly! HELP!!
I have an AMD64 powered machine with two hard drives, one is a serial ATA with Windoze XP and Mandrake 10.1 installed and the other is an IDE which is my playing with drive.
A couple of days ago i received Ubuntu v5.04 Hoary for AMD64, i installed this with no problem onto the IDE, set up my desktop and went to bed. The day after i booted into Ubuntu and successfully downloaded and installed all the updates from the update manager.
After rebooting i now find that Ubuntu stops for minutes at the 'initializing hotplugs subsystem' bit and if i leave it it does eventually allow me to log in but presents me with a blank desktop and the error 'cannot initialise HAL', (that error may not be exactly as it says but the HAL bit is right.
I've tried to install ubuntu again and the install hangs everytime, i've also tried to install Mandrake, Fedora Core 3, and Slackware 10.1, all of which hang.
Also, and strangest of all, my Mandrake on my serial ATA takes ages to boot now, stopping for minutes at the 'finding new hardware' (something like that) bit, and when i do get to my desktop nothing system-wise (like harddrake or control centre) will run, although the other stuff like open office e.t.c. Runs fine.
I'm sure the fault was caused by the update and that it somehow affects the usb pick-up or something. Have the updates altered the bios (only way i can see it affecting both drives).
Thanks in advance.