Kernel panic - Ubuntu refuses to start - What to do?

Henrik Andersson h.andersson at
Fri Jun 10 06:58:28 UTC 2005

sethmahoney wrote:
> If you hit escape or enter or delete or something (I think it says while
> its loading) while Grub is waiting to load, you can select which kernel
> to use.  Load up using that kernel and then install a different kernel.

Ok, and how do I install a different kernel?

> You should get your system up and running.

I certainly hope I will, but how can I prevent this from happening again?

> Hey, if someone else checks this thread, it might be a good idea to
> have Synaptic or Update Manager pop up a warning that updating the
> kernel can sometimes make your system stop working and list
> instructions in the warning for, if necessary, reverting to a previous
> kernel version.
A good suggestion!

Henrik Andersson
Netherlands Institute of Ecology -
Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology
P.O. Box 140
4400 AC Yerseke
Phone: +31 113 577473
h.andersson at

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