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I've been working on my problem(s) since yesterday morning. I had a bad shut down on my system. Upon reboot Grub seemed fine I was able to mount my encrypted drive, and delivered to lightdm login prompt. After typing my password, screen dropped to verbose for a sec like usual, but instead of taking me to my desktop I was back at my login screen. O.K. I tried various workarounds. First tried ctrl+alt+F1 dropped to console logged in my user, ran startx, output was:

xauth: file /root/.Xauthority does not exist

Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock
and start again.

Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
at http://wiki.x.org
for help.

ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log
Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 keyInvalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 keyxinit: giving up
xinit: unable to connect to X server: Resource temporarily unavailable
xinit: server error

Next, I ran startx -- :1.

After that screen just went black....nothing!

Hmmm....reboot now!

I repeated above process. This time I logged in through tty console, stopped lightdm, remembering

Server is already active for display 0

Ctrl+Alt+F6 confirmed lightdm was stopped. I did delete the specified file at /tmp/.XO-lock.

Yes at that point I was able to still browse file system and make changes. It's at this point that I should have started moving files to my external HDD. But I still was not all too worried.

Still in terminal. I decided to reconfigure X altogether using dpkg. That didn't work. I ran sudo dpkg-reconfigure -a and there were no errors. Good. Maybe I should have ran update-initramfs and update-grub just to cover my bases but I did not!

Reboot now!

GRUB is still working. I'm still able to successfully mount encrypted volume sda5_crypt. (The only light I can still see at the end of this tunnel.)

Now after I successfully mount the encrypted drive, I'm dropped to initramfs prompt. Well this might be good, so I type exit and my output looks like:

/init: line 352:can't open /root/dev/console: no such file
[ 432.790729] Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
[ 432.790790] Pid: 1, comm: init Not tainted 3.2.0-24-generic-pae #37-Ubuntu
[ 432.790851] Call Trace:
[ 432.790884] [<c1592732>] ? printk+0xx2d/0x2f
[ 432.790926] [<c1592600>] panic+0x161
[ 432.790969] [<c105dfe4>] forget_original_parent+0x1e4/0x1f0
[ 432.791024] [<c10eab21>] ? perf_cgroup_attach_task+0x11/0x20
[ 432.791077] [<c10eab30>] ? perf_cgroup_attach_task+0x20/0x20
[ 432.791130] [<c105e004>] exit_notify+0x14/0x140
[ 432.791174] [<c105e7dc>] do_exit+0x1ac/0x390
[ 432.791215] [<c114497d>] ? vfs_write+0xed/0x160
[ 432.791260] [<c105eb18>] do_group_exit+0x38/0xa0
[ 432.791304] [<c105eb98>] sys_exit_group+0x18/0x20
[ 432.791350] [<c15af11f>] sysenter_do_call+0x12/0x28
[ 432.791400] panic occured, switching back to text console

Any help in recovering my broken system would be greatly appreciated.

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closed as too localized by Luis Alvarado Jun 16 '13 at 3:38

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