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I have an old netbook I was trying to upgrade from 10.04 to 10.10.

Ubuntu was in the process of upgrading when everything completely froze. I left it sit for an hour but it would not respond to anything.

So I powered down the machine and it didn't have the necessary files to run Ubuntu. I went to the terminal and it told me to put in some command that I can not remember to 'rebuild' something.

That takes me to now, when I turn on the laptop it comes up with a screen GNU GRUB version 1.98+20100804-5ubuntu3.3 and has a bunch of options such as:

  1. Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-32-generic
  2. Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-32-generic (recover mode)

etc. (there are like 15 of these with different numbers after 2.6.35 and the word 'generic'.

It doesn't seem to matter what I pick, it will go to the "Ubuntu" loading screen with the colored dots but then every time it will freeze and I have to reboot to the same thing. I can't seem to get a terminal prompt anywhere either.

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I think a clean install would be a good idea, 10.10 is not supported anyway. – mikewhatever Nov 22 '12 at 4:15
Do you have data that you need to recover from this install, or do you just need the netbook to work again? – Jim Salter Nov 22 '12 at 17:58

If you are upgrading an old netbook, currently running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, then you should first test with 12.04 LTS from a USB device. If this works, then try a clean install.

If your netbook in now non-responsive, then do try a fresh install of 12.04 LTS.

I have successfully run both 10.04 LTS and 12.04 LTS on an 'old' HP Mini netbook - with Atom processor and 1GB RAM.


  • You should always backup any data, documents, and important settings before attempting an upgrade. You should also be fully updated, on the current version.

  • You could have upgraded, directly from 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS, but I would not personally recommend this.

  • As noted by @mikewhatever, you should not be attempting to use 10.10 (or 11.04) ..

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Your netbook is not bricked. I too have an old netbook. As most people have found out they are very under-powered for windows, but not for Linux.

So I installed Debian 6 (server install) and have turned it into a printer and file server. Does the job without a flinch and I control it through SSH.

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