Xubuntu 8.10 boot hangs
After installing and using Xubuntu 8.10 for about a month, I noticed the boot process hangs and freezes in the very beginning of the operation. The Xubuntu progress bar swings back and forth then hangs about 10% into the progress when the bar advances from left to right. No key strokes change anything in the boot process. I am forced to turn off the machine by holding down the power button for about 3 secs until the machine powers off.
In recovery menu, "resume normal boot" will boot he machine perfectly every time and it then runs normally. Returning the machine to automatically boot itself results in a freezing of the boot process described above.
How do I fix this? Or can it be fixed?