[clug] Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 problems

jhock at iinet.net.au jhock at iinet.net.au
Tue May 3 01:16:36 UTC 2016

Hi all, 

My Asus EeePC 1015PX has been running slow since upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS so I used UbuntuMate which gave me a better interface but it still was slow. 

On the weekend I made the mistake of trying to upgrade from to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. I thought it worked and the upgrade suggested that I run:

sudo apt-get autoremove

I did that and that's when things started to go wrong. (:--(

Maybe I deleted something??? I get a blank screen when I boot up. I have tried choosing the 

"Advanced options for Ubuntu" and then 

Ubuntu.....  4.4.0-21-generic"

Which gives:

".... [ end Kernal panic - not syncing : VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)"

I then tried the:

"Ubuntu..... 3.13. 0-85-generic (recovery mode ) "

and at least got somewhere. I tried each of the nine options. When I choose :

"failsafeX Run in failsafe graphics mode" 

After some other messages I get the message :

"The system is running in low-graphics mode 
"Your screen, graphics card, and input device settings could not be detected correctly. You will need to configure these yourself. "

I then click on the "OK" button (which I interpret that the mouse pad has been detected) but I get a blank screen. 

However, if I plug in a monitor and do the same I get the following choices in a radio button list :

"Try running with default graphical mode" which gives me a blank screen when I select it,
"Reconfigure graphics " which gives me two options that don't work when I select either, 
"Troubleshoot the error" which provides an enormous amount of information which I hope will help solve the problem and 
"Exit to console login" which gives me a bunch of "[ OK ]" messages and stops at :

"Starting NTP server ntpd"

I am able to connect to the internet so I'm hoping that I can do something like:

sudo apt-get install (some sort of graphics package) 

To solve the problem and get onto the next level of confusion. 

I'm sure there is more information that I need to provide but there is so much that I don't know what to provide. Your help would be greatly appreciated. 


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