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I recently used the update manager to upgrade my laptop from Ubuntu 8 to 10.04 LTS. When I tried to reboot after the upgrade was complete, I got the message

kernel panic not syncing: vfs: unable to mount root FS on unknown block.

If I try to boot into recovery mode, I get the same problem.

I have browsed the forum and seen many similar problems and some suggested solutions, but before I try any of them I want to be sure that I won't be making things worse.

I can access all of the files on my disc by booting through an ubuntu live cd, but I'm not sure what I should be trying to repair.

Any suggestions?

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can you provide a link to what the forums suggest? –  RolandiXor Apr 4 '11 at 16:15
    
See for example ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1317397&page=4, #38. I'm still looking for others. –  user13585 Apr 4 '11 at 18:12
    
@WinstonRoberts: are you using wubi? from what you describe, and from what is suggested on the forums, chrooting and rebuilding the kernel image might work. –  RolandiXor Apr 5 '11 at 2:26
    
No, I used the update manager available in Ubuntu. I'll see if this will work. –  user13585 Apr 5 '11 at 12:20
    
@WinstonRoberts: when I asked if you are using wubi, I mean if you installed ubuntu within windows secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Wubi_(Ubuntu_installer) –  RolandiXor Apr 5 '11 at 14:16