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I am running Ubuntu 11.10 on an Acer Aspire One D255 netbook dual-booted with Windows 7 Starter using Wubi.

Up until now, everything has worked perfectly. When I started Ubuntu up today, instead of showing the purple loading screen, it showed me a terminal that was printing what appeared to be startup logs. No error showed, and eventually I was presented with a root prompt: "root@ubuntu:~#".

I used the prompt to back up my important files to an external hard drive, but I would prefer not to have to reinstall it.

Does anyone have any ideas why it would do something like this?

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Did you by chance boot to recovery mode ? –  bodhi.zazen Jan 23 '12 at 23:26
    
Not that I know of, could that happen automatically? –  AdamHovorka Jan 23 '12 at 23:51
    
is there a directory called "fakeroot" if so it means your stuck in a place called initramfs, and that sucks, because it means it's hard to diagnose. also try executing lightdm and see if you get error messages. –  vanjoe Jan 24 '12 at 0:36
    
Are you still having problems or did you solve this question? If you did find an answer please consider adding it here, thanks :) –  coversnail Apr 6 '12 at 18:19
    
@coversnail I finally gave up and wiped it because I needed it for school. Whatever it was, it hasn't happened since. –  AdamHovorka Apr 16 '12 at 4:30

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