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Am running 11.10 64-bit with Gnome-shell. Something happened late Friday whereby my machine never gets to the login screen. I do get to an Ubuntu splash logo, after that I get a text screen that it hangs on.

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The screen is referring to issues with mounting various network resources, including VMWare and also some references to my NAS that are in fstab.

If I hit "esc" I can get to the GRUB menu and into recovery console. If I try to do a file system check, I run into a similar error screen that I see when trying to boot normally.

A possible clue here is that during my last good session I made some mods to the /etc/hosts file to reference another system which I'm connecting to with Synergy.

I don't believe I have hardware issues as I'm able to boot properly with a Live USB and connect to my network/Internet.

A few more tidbits. I have regular Dejadups backups on my NAS. I have a good Clonezilla whole drive image which is 4-6 weeks old.. My home is encrypted.

I thought I'd try blowing away my hosts file via live USB, but when I mounted the hard drive everything was read-only and I couldn't figure out how to replace it.

P.S. I logged in via CLI and modded the host file to remove the entry I'd made, to no avail. System continue to gets stuck on the following:

CIFS VFS: default security mechanism requested. The default security mechanism will be upgraded from ntlm to ntlmv2 in kernel version 3.1s

Would love some sober advice on how to attack this.

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closed as too localized by fossfreedom Jun 20 '12 at 10:39

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Turns out that somehow my 750GB hard drive's root partition had gotten clogged up with files... Once I cleared out space on the drive, I was able to login again.

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