The story so far...
Several weeks ago 12.04 crashed while i was on the interweb. Now when i boot, it asks me for a password to log in. I can log in as a guest, but of course all my files and documents are inaccessible to the guest. I have followed the instructions on the wiki.ubuntu.com/RecoveryMode, but at step 7 there is no message saying "Drop to root shell prompt". Instead it reads: "root@clayton-desktop:~# [ 29.606190] tda10048_firmware_upload: Upload failed. (file not found?)" And there is a flashing cursor below.
P.S. Even though I have been using ubuntu hassle free for many years, I am quite ICT challenged.