This is the second time it's crashed in two weeks. This time it was because I added some text to xorg.conf, trying to get the stupid touchpad to work. Trying to use gsynaptics, instead of synaptics - Intrepid on Dell Inspiron - I haven't been able to get the touchpad to work right with Intrepid. (It worked with Dapper, Edgy, and Feisty.)
It crashed when I restarted the laptop.
When it crashed, it displayed text only. These are the last few lines:
No resume image, doing normal boot...
Ubuntu 8.10 rich-laptop tty1
Then I enter login and password, and it gives me the terminal prompt. I tried several things, but could not get the system back.
How can I get the system back if it does this again? This is the second time it's done it in the past 2 weeks. I've lost data and had to rebuild from iso disk each time.
(The first time it crashed the same way, because a Launchpad helper sent a command to install a different driver, and that driver had a bug.)