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I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a Toshiba Satellite C655. No windows and no windows disk. Ubuntu worked great for about a month. About a week ago after updating it started freezing, and on boot I would get an error /tmp not ready or not present. Two days ago update manager listed 19 new updates, I let it install and now it will not boot. When I press the power button it goes straight to grub. In grub Ubuntu, with Linux 3.8.0-31-generic is highlighted, I press enter and I get

 Error Target file system doesn't have requested /sbin/init.
No init found. Try passing init= bootarg

. I entered init= bootarg and I get Error,

/bin/sh: bootarg: not found.

Now what do I do?

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There should be a recovery entry in the GRUB menu. Did you try it? – ph0t0nix Oct 7 '13 at 21:44
yes "errors were found while checking the disk drive for /." – james dezendorf Oct 7 '13 at 22:03
Then I would reboot from a rescue USB stick (or CD) with e.g. Ubuntu or SysRescCD ( on it and run a filesystem check on the hard disk. Assuming the hard drive was formatted with ext4 the tool to run would be e2fsck. Make sure the hard disk is not mounted. – ph0t0nix Oct 7 '13 at 22:07
I made a disk with 13.04 and tried to run it, but it wont auto load and I cant find a way to make it boot from the disk. – james dezendorf Oct 7 '13 at 22:12
I will try sysresccd and let you know. Thanks! – james dezendorf Oct 7 '13 at 22:15

This is a wild one but I have experienced a similar situation with a 13.04 recovering 12.04. Took me ages going round in circles eventually I formatted the Live USB and installed 12.04 - problem disappeared.

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