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I've been browsing the web about this problem but nothing worked so far.

I did some updates to my system so I could play mp3s and 4s on the videoplayer and after that videoplayer stoped working and I shut the machine down for a while.

I got board this morning and wanted to surf the web but after I powered on my computer, it stopped loading. I can shut it down with the power button and what not but I let it sit for an hour and it didnt make it pass the splash screen (the word 'ubuntu' and the little dots). So i entered recovery mode and scaned my disk and did the repair thing and cleaned it up but it still isn't doing anything.

I'm running ubuntu 10.11 I guess and no dual boot. I hate window.

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Sometimes, Ubuntu displays error messages in an unreadable fashion, and expects you to hit 's' for skipping a step.

I would try hitting s several times and enter.

If this doesn't work, I would try to switch to a console with CtrlAltF1. If this works, you should see a black login screen, maybe filled with error messages. If so, read and report them.

Login with your username, and use

dmesg | less

to read the (error-)messages from begin. If the graphical login works, you can do this from a gnome-terminal.

Another possibility to find out what is going on during boot is, to interrupt the boot process in Grub, and e to edit the boot options. Then modify the options

splash quiet 


 nosplash noquiet
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i tryed it out the s and enter didnt work so i tryed ctrl+alt+f1 and it isnt doing anythin either. i went into grub and switched linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic root=uuid=e45c5464-0331-4b0b-b331-8bc2d775609b ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7 to noquiet nosplash and some info about things booting and everything went okay but the splash screen came up again try the s and enter again and ctrl+alt+f1 and nothing happened again but i didnt let it sit for very long. im pondering reinstalling it but id lose alot of stuff –  dustin Feb 4 '12 at 6:42
idk if this helps but when i get to the splash screen the dots all trun that orange color and stop moving right away and when i shut it down one of the lines say it cant connect to system dbus or something along that line. it goes too fast for me to read it fully –  dustin Feb 4 '12 at 7:16
If you have live cd and an USB-Stick or such, you should be able to save your data. Another idea is to look with a live distro into the log files, to find out what is going wrong. Meanwhile, I guess, I will delete this answer as not helpful, and maybe your question will get deleted too, as being a bug report. Maybe you should ask for specific, solvable tasks instead: How to save your data to USB, how to investigate the log files, and so on. –  user unknown Feb 4 '12 at 12:48

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