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I try to boot up and get the following text on screen:

The PostgreSQL server failed to start. Please check the log output:

Starting Postfix Mail Transport Angen postfix
speech-dispatcher disabled: edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher
Starting the Winbin daemon winbind
Starting bluetooth
PulseAudio configured for per-user sessions
saved disabled: edit /etc/default/saved
Starting web server apache2
apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using ::1 for Server...

Checking battery state...

Then it just holds there and shuts down. How can I get it to boot up? The last thing I remember doing was changing the computer name...

I can access the console in recovery mode, but it's only got read and write permissions so I can't move any of the data on there - I really need to save some databases and move them to a different machine.

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I would check battery state because that's where boot up sequence stops. If it is laptop then connect it to power source.

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Thanks for the reply - that's what I thought, but it's plugged in and when I boot up with windows it shows that the power is fine (even without power lead attached). – Andy Jessop Apr 6 '13 at 15:52
Can you boot into recovery mode ? – JackLock Apr 6 '13 at 15:56
Yes that's fine. I can access the console in recovery mode. – Andy Jessop Apr 6 '13 at 15:59
Then I would guess your issue has something to do with what ever you did in your last session. I am no expert in Ubuntu (or Linux) but I think you need to rollback your changes from your last session and see if that helps. – JackLock Apr 6 '13 at 16:05
I need to grab some databases off the computer, but it'll only give me read and write permissions in the console. – Andy Jessop Apr 6 '13 at 16:07

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