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When I boot (11.10), I get the message that it's "waiting for network configuration" and then the same, but "60 seconds longer" and then finially it "boots" but to a black screen. No cursor, just black. It doesn't seem to respond to anything.

I am able to boot with the "recovery" kernel and do anything you can normally do there. Except "root prompt with networking" doesn't actually have networking. ifconfig returns nothing. iwconfig says that eth0 and lo are uninitialized. I was going to load the networking kernel module, but I don't know which one to load. I am also able to boot with a live cd (technically a usb drive) and it boots fast with no messages/errors and networking works.

The networking adapter is from a Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 motherboard.

I have read this: "Waiting for network configuration" adding 3 to 5 minutes to boot time

This doesn't seem to help my problem.

My /etc/network/interfaces had

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

So I added

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

This solution here: Network not starting up on boot Gives the error that /etc/init.d/dhcp3-server: file does not exist.

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What does your network environment look like? Is there a computer, firewall or router on your network that's providing DHCP service? Are you connected to it? If you answered "NO" to either, you should read man 5 interfaces, the whole INET ADDRESS FAMILY section. You may need a static address. – waltinator Oct 13 '11 at 5:03
Can you do 'ctrl-alt-f1' and get a text login prompt? Also what edition did you install, stock 11.10 ? – SpamapS Oct 14 '11 at 21:55

you can find a solution here : in the post #24

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Better to just reinstall Ubuntu cleanly. – erjiang Oct 16 '11 at 16:59
i ended up reinstalling ubuntu completely. – gregghz Nov 2 '11 at 20:11
Easy to follow steps can be found here:… – mark4o Nov 23 '11 at 2:59
the link above me doesnt work somehow – Matthew Wilson Jan 9 '12 at 11:59

What fixed it for me was booting into root and deleting the /var/run/dbus directory. Hope this helps!

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