So I installed Ubuntu 13.10 as the primary OS on my laptop. I installed Windows 8 in another partition and set up GRUB to be the boot loader. Eventually I updated Windows and it became a black screen so I reinstalled Windows in that partition. Somehow doing this removed Windows from GRUB's menu and so I tried to reinstall GRUB which I had a little trouble doing. I tried it a few different ways, one of them was booting from a LiveCD and involved mounting and unmounting things (did this pretty much blindly as I don't have a lot of the know how). That didn't work but I came across the standard boot-repair program and it worked fine.
The big problem I have no is that Ubuntu does not load after selecting it from GRUB. It just hangs at a black screen. When I select recovery mode, it goes to the menu. When I resume the normal boot, it reads out:
"Ubuntu 13.10 Denjay-Laptop tty1
With a flashing underscore. After a few seconds it then adds to that line "initct1: Event failed"
I also checked all the file systems with the recovery mode and with a LiveCD and nothing was anomalous on that end. I've also gone through updating GRUB so I think something wrong post-GRUB if that makes sense.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.