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If you are usintg Fedora then try this out. I am not sure this would work.
At boot up press 'e'.
A boot option would open up. There select the 'kernel' mode by using arrow keys and press 'e' again.
This will ask for a user login. Press 's' for single user mode.
Then press b for a reboot.
This will boot in a command line single user mode.
Then you can set your password using 'passwd' command.
ok guys, i entered my user name and pw, lets just set them as
When I enter that, it now asks me for
so I entered sudo su and now its asking me for
Well that's the thing, I don't login using the graphical screen. My drives are partitions and I have to choose which operating system to boot, and when I choose ubuntu, I'm being asked for the above info.
Ok, if I understand correctly, you do not get graphical login screen after update. Instead you are getting the text login screen. If that is not correct, stop reading here
What you see ("abby@localhost:$" and "root@localhost:/home/abby# ") are just command prompts. I don't know why your X stopped working. May be the upgrade caused kdm or something similar to fail. Try "xinit" after you get "abby@localhost:$". If that does not work, do the "sudo su". Then on getting "root@localhost:/home/abby#" do a "tail -n10 /var/log/Xorg.0.log" and post the o/p here. It might have some useful data that will help others understand your problem
Well, on Fedroa, I would have tried "Xorg -configure" and then tested the new configuration and replaced the /etc/X11/Xorg.conf file. I guess Ubuntu might be providing a simpler way. I just googled for it. Seems like "sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" will mostly fix it in Ubuntu. As I am not much familiar with it, I will encourage you to google for "Ubuntu X server failure" or something similar.