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I recently had my ubuntu installed and I'm still learning the software. Today when I turned my computer on I get the screen this:

  • Ubuntu with linux 3.2.0-38-generic
  • Ubuntu with linux 3.2.0-38-generic (recovery mode)
  • Previous linux versions
  • Memory test (memtest86+)
  • Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)

I've tried every option and no success. I didn't install it so I don't have any disks. What happen and can I fix it?

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What do you mean with 'no success'. What actually happens? – Dennis Kaarsemaker Apr 6 '13 at 14:56
What did you try to do? Did you try 'up' and 'down' keys or 'enter' and it didn't work? – Yekhezkel Yovel Apr 6 '13 at 15:03
The first one I tried was recovery mode. I used arrow to go down and then enter. Can I post a picture ? I think that would be easier for everyone to understand what happens. – BBeckley Apr 7 '13 at 21:42

This grey screen appears if an error occurred during the last shutdown. The first option 'ubuntu with linux 3.2.0-38-generic' should start ubuntu as expected. If ubuntu doesn't start with the first option, you'd have to select recovery mode, but without further info it's not possible to give further instructions.

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