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Old 06-02-2008, 02:51 PM   #1
monkeyboy
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Ubuntu upgrade to 8.04 failed -- now login hangs.


Hi all,

I know lots have ppl have had issues with upgrading to 8.04 from 7.10, but I haven't seen any threads relevant to my issues... but this is my first post, so if I didn't look hard enough for the right thread, please don't hurt me.


Some context:

About a month+ ago, my computer crashed while I was ripping a disc to my HD. Long story short, my Windows installation got currupted. Using a friend's live CD, I was able to recover my data and install Ubuntu 7.10 onto an external HD. Installing onto the internal HD didn't work -- the system would just hang while it was scanning the drive prior to partitioning (I let it run overnight and while I was at work and still no progress). Instead of replacing the internal HD, I bought an 8gb usb key and used PartImage to copy my ubuntu partition from the external HD to the usb key. With a slight modification to grub, it worked perfectly (although installing directly to the usb key using several different methods never worked).


The problem:

That's when the trouble came. I tried to upgrade to 8.04. After downloading the new packages etc. for 3 hours, it began the install process. About 15% of the way through, I got an error message:

[Errno 30] Read-only file system.

I didn't write down which package it was installing at the time, but it displayed the msg several times for different packages and then quit.

After restarting and logging in, the system just stops. Gnome doesn't load, and all I have is a mouse and a reddish-brown screen. No key-stroke combos work except ctrl-alt-backspace to log out. Coincidentally, this is the same problem I got when installing directly to the usb key from a VMware virtual pc using the live-cd .iso image. I believe the problem there was that it couldn't detect all of my hardware properly, because VMware masks some things (my finicky bcm43xx wireless card, for instance).

I have seen others post this error msg in help forums, but never with the same consequences. In other posts that I've seen, the users are still able to log in and use their systems... they're just missing certain packages. For me it seems I'm missing everything, not just one or two packages.

Could I have avoided this problem by changing "ro" to "rw" in my kernel command-line in grub? Or is it unrelated to that? I'd be willing to spend another few hours [watching tv while] reinstalling 7.10 on the usb key and trying again, but is that likely to work? Or should I just use 7.10 and be happy for the next month until I get a new laptop and then try a fresh install of 8.04?

Any information would be much appreciated! I have never used linux of any kind until a month ago, so I still have a lot to learn. Thanks to anyone who can help!

Last edited by monkeyboy; 06-02-2008 at 02:56 PM.
 
Old 06-03-2008, 01:21 AM   #2
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Lightbulb Your Answer My Friend....

Hi...
I Know Whats Your Problem Because It Was My Problem before...
if you want to solve it first boot in recovery mode (select it from grub)
then wait for some seconds ...
OK...
Now Recovery mode is Ready...
first you have to be as root user...
for do this enter this command and then enter your password...
Code:
sudo su
now enter this command and accept everything that will asks you
Code:
apt-get install -f
and now this command:
Code:
apt-get autoremove
by this commands you will remove packages are not installed correctly...

ok...
it's done
now you can restart your system by this command and boot your system in normal type.
Code:
reboot
Bye.
 
Old 06-04-2008, 12:01 AM   #3
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I Know Whats Your Problem Because It Was My Problem before...
thanks for your help! i actually restored my drive using partimage and the original image file i had, but i would still like to upgrade to 8.04. would that complete the upgrade to 8.04, set it back to a usable 7.10, or put it somewhere in between?
 
Old 06-04-2008, 01:33 AM   #4
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hi...
it will be somewhere in between...
and will have many problems...
so the best way for you is reinstalling kubuntu gutsy...
and another thing...
Never, Never DONT install kubuntu 8.04...
because it have many bugs and problems and it dont support many of your gutsy packages...
i still using gutsy because it's more stable and better than 8.04...
so if you want to have a good operating system only use gutsy (NOT 8.04)
and never dont upgrade it to 8.04..

i hope it be helpful...
Bye.
 
Old 06-04-2008, 01:46 AM   #5
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I wont say that Hardy is not a good operating system though I had some problems with it even on live CD.
But IMHO, you should wait for some more time before upgrading to Hardy. May a month or so and you will find it more usable than it is now. It has issues with the hardware detection and support.
It is still better to relax with Gutsy and once your Lappy comes try a fresh install of Hardy.
We will have major updates by then as well.
 
Old 06-05-2008, 01:03 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot to both of you for your responses. I really liked what I saw of 8.04 when I used the live CD, but for now I am certainly happy with 7.10. I have really loved my first experience with Linux, and I have no intention of even looking back. For the next month or so I will just have to be patient and learn what I can until 8.04 is ready for me ;p.
 
Old 06-05-2008, 02:30 AM   #7
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Glad I was able to help
 
Old 08-10-2008, 04:17 PM   #8
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The instructions for apt-get were very useful to get me back up. The only glitch I had was when I rebooted with the grub option the root prompt wouldn't let me run the commands. It recognized them however. I had to boot to the password window and chose options from lower left corner and then start a new session of Gnome. Then enter password and start terminal. After that everything worked great. Of course I had to run one extra step 'dpkg --configure -a' before the apt_get commands. I know very little about why it worked and what I was doing but the results is where I wanted to be.
 
  


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