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I tried to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu version 'Saucy Salamander' and someone in my household logged me out at some point during the process. Now I cant' boot up. The computer goes to a GNU GRUB screen offering a list of verions of Linux. I would be grateful for any help. The message I can't get past is : 'Filesystem check of mount failed A maintenance check will now start Control D will terminate this shell and continue booting after re - trying filesystems. Any further errors will be ignored root@matthew ...'

That is it. I can't do anything beyond that point and have to force a shutdown.

My computer is an emachines netbook, small with just USB ports so I was thinking to get a bootable USB as a recovery? Is this a good idea?

Just to update what I am doing. The GNU GRUB gives me 4 options, the first two are to boot with Ubuntu and the 2nd two are memory tests, so now I'm trying those memory tests.

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At the GRUB boot menu you can edit the corresponding entry for your Ubuntu installation and add a kernel parameter fastboot that makes the boot process skip the file checking and possibly avoiding the early stop you are experiencing. Here are the steps:

  1. Select your Ubuntu boot entry and press e to edit it
  2. Select the kernel entry and press e to edit that one too
  3. Add the word fastboot to end of the line and hit Enter
  4. Hit b to boot using the new kernel parameter

Now you should probably gain access to your system again and maybe perform a fsck on your file system causing the trouble. If this is not the problem, try performing the system upgrade again, this time gracefully.


Alternatively, try the solution to this question:

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