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I installed 12.04 LTS on my mom's pc, it crashed on boot up with a Grub error- ran grub repair and fixed it- then it started crashing with a broken pipe error- now I am getting the black screen with

Kernel panic-not syncing : Attempted to kill init. 

Is this a hardware issue? I have not tried booting off the live CD yet because I do not have it, and it is an AMD so the boot shortcut is kind of finicky. I thought maybe the graphics driver is upset- any ideas?

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