I have Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit installed as a virtual OS in Virtualbox (the host is windows 7).
The Virtualbox data file is on a usb drive that lost connection to the PC while a session was running. Now when I try to start the Ubuntu virtual OS, I get a terminal login screen, but no GUI. When I try to login I get the message
sh: 1: cannot create /var/run/motd.new: Directory nonexistent
Any suggestions? Can I recover the system?