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I'm running Ubuntu on a dual boot with Windows Vista, I've just gone to boot up as usual in to Ubuntu and I have this error

No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.

Busybox v1.15.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.15.3-1ubuntu5) built-in shell
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.


This happens after I select Ubuntu from the Grub menu,

any help would be great. :)

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- Have you got another kernel installed or just this one? - Did you make any upgrades before rebooting? - Have you got a Live CD in order to do a chrooted update? – Pavlos G. Dec 7 '10 at 19:11
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Boot into the live CD and try repairing it with the following command:

sudo fsck /dev/sda1

The sda1 might be vary for you sometimes.If you are not sure on the name of your drive then run gparted.It should list the name of the drive.Just replace the sda1 with the name of your drive. Let me know if this helps you. :)

You can boot into a rescue console by starting your computer from a live cd and selecting "Rescue a broken system" from the menu.

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ok ill try that in a bit, thanks – Zabadda Dec 7 '10 at 18:58
ok I'm running live right now and this is the output from that command "fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2 e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010) fsck.ext2: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while trying to open /dev/sda2 Could this be a zero-length partition?" – Zabadda Dec 7 '10 at 19:24
Can you post the output's of sudo fdisk -l – karthick87 Dec 7 '10 at 19:27
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x2964f869 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 20615 165581789+ 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda2 20615 38914 146988033 5 Extended /dev/sda5 20615 38166 140978176 83 Linux /dev/sda6 38166 38914 6008832 82 Linux swap / Solaris – Zabadda Dec 7 '10 at 19:29
Its not 1 its small L. sudo fdisk -l – karthick87 Dec 7 '10 at 19:33

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