Ubuntu upgrade to 8.04 failed -- now login hangs.
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.
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).
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 03:56 PM.