Kubuntu boots only in recovery mode

Harry Vorstenbosch harry.vorstenbosch at zonnet.nl
Fri Feb 3 14:55:45 GMT 2006

Dear Reader(s),
Just after an upgrade and or a freezing system, I also have had several
times that the system only boots via the "recovery mode". But after the
startx from the prompt and a complete "graphical start-up,  rebooting
the system, resulted in a "normal" bootup. So hopefully this will work
for you as well.


On Thu, 2006-02-02 at 11:54 -0700, Wafa Hakim wrote:
> 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,
> Wafa.
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