Originally Posted by Spearhead40
dpkg: unable to access dpkg status area: read-only file system.
When you were having troubles booting you eventually got to a command line where you were running in recovery mode. The recovery mode mounts all of your filesystems as read only which means that you cannot update files.
What I would try next is to boot your Ubuntu install CD into rescue mode, mount your Ubuntu / partition as read/write if rescue mode has not already done so, and chroot to your Ubuntu / partition.
At that point you will be running as root and you can try:
dpkg -- configure -a
If that doesn't work then you will probably have to reinstall.