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While trying to tear down a Drupal dev environment, I ran

sudo apt-get remove php5-curl

It started removing all kinds of packages, like the browser, among other things. I hit Ctrl+C when I saw what it was doing but the damage was done I guess, because now it hangs at boot. I get "the disk drive at [wherever] is not ready or not present" where [wherever] is various drives starting with the crypt swap, but also including / in recovery mode.

It says to press S to skip mounting or M to recover manually, but neither gets a response. If I wait a really long time it progresses to a screen that says only, Checking battery state... OK. Then it hangs there.

What have I done? How do I fix it?

Upon trying to run a bootable 11.10 Ubuntu disk and trying to recover or repair the following errors started streaming from the machine:

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A memtest revealed the following:

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Does this mean the memory was bad all along? Did I somehow damage my RAM by removing packages? Is that even possible?

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Sorry, there are a couple of typos. Thanks for catching then. – beth Jan 12 '13 at 7:27
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You have bad memory. You cannot possibly damage RAM with software.

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Ok, that's what I thought. I'm relieved to know it's not my fault at least :-/ – beth Nov 25 '13 at 18:36

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