I have a relatively new Ubuntu 13.04 installation (couple of months old) on an Intel desktop, which I've been running along with 4 other operating systems with major and minor problems, most of which I've been able to solve one way or another.
The most recent things I've done were:
- Auto-mounting my Ubuntu partition on OpenSUSE
- Attempting to do vice versa on Ubuntu but failing each attempt and finally reversing my Ubuntu fstab file to the original after all the failed attempts
- Installing a couple of plymouth splash screens with Super Boot Manager (I had absolutely no splash screen prior to doing so)
Please note that, I've been able to successfully boot into my Ubuntu installation multiple times after doing everything listed above. But today, all of a sudden I get an error message when I attempt to boot into my Ubuntu, and it doesn't let me do anything, I can't go into the system at all. The last "extraordinary" thing I did before this happened was to change the system time on my BIOS, though I don't see how that may be related to my issue.
Here is the error message:
run-init: /sbin/init: No such file or directory Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! exitcode-0000100
There is also a long number there, possibly related to the Kernel, but I don't remember it. I'll find out if it's going to help solve the issue.
I've been surfing the forums and the web in general to see how other people with the same problem have solved theirs, but nothing I've found helped me at all. I've tried:
- Booting from a different, earlier Kernel (duh!)
- Recovery Mode (gives me the exact same error and doesn't go any further)
- Editing my burg.cfg
- Unmounting my Ubuntu partition from my OpenSUSE, even though that seemed irrelevant
- Booting from a Live CD and running the fsck command
Another thing is, I had my data storage drive fail on me, and I repaired it to keep working as a temporary solution. In the meantime, all my Linux and Windows installations had trouble booting, but I have successfully booted into all of them after the temporary fix I've applied to my broken HDD. Yes, including Ubuntu. But now I'm stuck in this pickle all of a sudden. I'm wondering if it could have to do with the HDD problem at all? Seems unlikely but still...
Other useful information:
- The Kernel I'm currently on is 3.8.0-26-generic
- I seem to have all my Ubuntu system files intact (that I know of, any input on what to check exactly would be welcome)
- All other OS's boot up without any issues whatsoever
- The plymouth splash screen still loads, but the loading dots don't run and my caps lock and scroll lock start blinking once the splash screen shows up
- I had to install the proprieratary driver compatibility mode for the splash screens to work correctly, and started to boot into the most recent Kernel after that. It had worked without problems until today. Speaking of proprietary driver, my video card is an AMD Radeon HD 7850
Please help! I don't want to reinstall from scratch once again, I have a lot to lose this time