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I installed Ubuntu on a HP Mini 210, and everything was fine. However, after using the laptop for a while I got the error:

panic occurred switching back to text console

What could be the reason and what can I do about it?

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possible duplicate of Panic occurred switching to text console in netbook –  Jorge Castro Jan 18 '12 at 21:47
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It seems it's a bug in kernel 3.0 and it happens in many netbooks. I've read that if you upgrade your kernel version up to the 3.1 branch it won't happen again.

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Parece que es un bug en la versión 3.0 del kernel y que les pasa a muchos netbooks. He leído que si actualizas el kernel hasta una versión 3.1 deja de pasar.

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+1. First time I've seen multilang answer on stackexchange. –  Michał Šrajer Jan 2 '12 at 14:35
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It sounds as if there might be an issue with your graphics driver or Xorg. I seem to recall having experienced something similar. If you press alt+ctrl+f1 you should be able to log in. There, run sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart. That should close all your apps and the window system should restart. If it doesn't, I'm afraid you'll need to reboot.

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Just experienced a similar sounding error (for the first time in my personal computer history), using a flaky wifi connection on my Thinkpad x41 (with SSD); nothing worked, had to pull the plug! –  nutty about natty May 9 '13 at 11:18
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Try to boot in recovery mode to diagnose the problem.

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