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Using Ubuntu 16.04 on an old (2010) Macbook. Following some auto-applied updates, I can only sign on to my user account, but just the background screen appears with the pointer. The pointer can be moved around (so the system hasn't completely frozen) but I can't do anything more.

I don't seem to be able to get into recovery mode but that may be my incompetence rather than a problem [I'm new to Ubuntu but happy to play on this machine as it's just used for browsing and the occasional presentation]

  • Does ctrl + alt + t bring up the command terminal? If so run the commands sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop && sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity – George Udosen Aug 13 '18 at 8:35
  • @GeorgeUdosen thanks for the comment. I don't seem to be able to get the command terminal up with ctrl + alt + t Any other thoughts? – Patrick Aug 13 '18 at 9:19
  • Try to access the terminal using ctrl + alt f7 and run those commands from there, this will turn the whole screen into a terminal – George Udosen Aug 13 '18 at 9:40
  • Try Ctrl+Alt+F1 through Ctrl+Alt+F6 as well to get a terminal login. If you get a login prompt you can run commands such as sudo apt update, sudo apt install, etc. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Aug 13 '18 at 10:27
  • @GeorgeUdosen thanks again, no joy with any of the suggestions. I've got a Ubuntu 16.04 image on a USB drive and can boot from that and get to a grub screen. Is that any help? – Patrick Aug 13 '18 at 11:59

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