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Just installed Mint and Ubuntu won't boot. It hangs after "Checking battery"; also, I can drop to shell with Alt+F2 and access the system from the command line. What might be the problem?

  • Still haven't gotten any attention. Uhhhh. – ThisIsNotAnId Apr 9 '13 at 2:08
  • At a guess, when you drop to shell, enter startx – scouser73 Apr 15 '13 at 6:28
  • Tried it, hangs the same way. I was reading around, and found out that if you don't have enough space on the Ubuntu partition, it might prevent the system from booting. I don't know though, I have around 1Gb. I've tried to add more space with GPartition but there's no option for merging partitions. – ThisIsNotAnId Apr 15 '13 at 18:14
  • I would be ok if I could just extract my files from the partition too, but I encrypted my home directory and can't access it from Mint or the Ubuntu shell because I've lost my passphrase. – ThisIsNotAnId Apr 15 '13 at 18:15
  • Did you try removing your battery? I often find that when a problem makes no sense, going back to your basic assumptions of what is wrong often results in a solution. – DrA7 Apr 16 '13 at 21:39
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are both of you operation system have same cpu architecture ? I mean are both of them 32 bit or 64 bit ? if one of them is 64 and the other is 32 you will get problem in loading . and based on my experience ubuntu 64 has a problem in loading page on some laptops it got stuck and won't do anything until you force it to shutdown and start your laptop without battery , try on plugged in mode with out battery . I have had the same problem with ubuntu and windows . let me know if it worked or not .

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According to this source you can try killing X from the command line killall X. It will then restart, and you will have the login screen...

But I don't see what are the real causes of your problem...

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Just enter this in the terminal. I had the same problem.
sudo update-grub

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