Kubuntu boots only in recovery mode

Wafa Hakim wafa at email.arizona.edu
Thu Feb 2 18:54:36 UTC 2006

Hi all,

My first post...sadly it had to happen when I'm having trouble.

So up until yesterday my Kubuntu install on a Dell desktop was working fine & 
had been for the last couple of months. Yesterday, a script caused Firefox to 
hang, my entire system froze, & in frustration I restarted by turning the 
power off & power back on. I rebooted in Windows, installed an update to my 
ATI display driver, & tried to reboot into Kubuntu.

Have been trying repeatedly, but no luck -- it goes through the boot process, 
reaches the stage where it says "configuring modules", loops back & begins 
the boot process again, & then finally reaches a root recovery prompt, saying 
it was unable to exit this runlevel & continue booting. The boot stage 
immediately preceding this is "setting up disk parameters".

From this root prompt, if I type startx, KDE loads fine & with no problem -- 
except I am in recovery mode. Selecting recovery mode at boot time also leads 
to a smooth startup. I simply can't load the main user, i.e. me. (I have no 
other users set up on this machine).

I tried adding the "norestore" command to the "boot" command in Grub's 
menu.lst file; same thing. Am sending this from my notebook, on which Kubuntu 
seems to be doing fine (fingers crossed). Any & all suggestions/help will be 
greatly appreciated...

Thanks a ton,
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