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I started the computer without the CD.
I didn't chose the recovery mode.
The ubuntu logo appeared.
Then some lines I didn't have the time to read (including e2fsck I think but I'm not sure I might have misread, only lasted half a second).
Then it says :
filesystem checks are in progress
press esc to cancel checks
I'm not pressing esc and awaiting.
The filesystem check ended.
I saw a line : terminated with status 5.
Then the computer restarted, I'm back at grub.
Still not choosing recovery mode.
and there we are again with the two underscores in the middle of the screen, on the top.
conclusion : didn't work .
I had already tried it but you were right I had to try it again just to be sure.
So, back to reinstalling everything.
What do I need to do now ?
If you have your documents backed up I believe now is the best time to reinstall your system and take it from there. You'd save yourself a lot of headaches. Since you also have the 'packages.txt' file that gives you some indication of what was installed in order to install it again once your new installation is up and running. Post 64 gives basic steps you need to install Ubuntu again (other posts also, but didn't go further back in time).