When I start the computer it seems ubuntu is loading normally, but a few seconds later I get black screen with this message:

BusyBox v1.21.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.21.0 - 1ubuntu1) built-in shel (ash)

Enter 'help' for a list of built in commands


From there I can only 'reboot'. I typed 'help' and i got a list of commands i dont know and tried some of them like exit

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Recovery Mode - Terminal

Have you tried rebooting into recovery mode? When the boot options screen appears:

Advanced options > ***** (recovery mode) Accessing recovery mode

This will allow you to access the terminal as root, and update graphics drivers etc.


Back up first! you may damage your system trying to fix it so use this guide to backup in recovery mode.

Copy files to USB in recovery mode

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    I did it using a live cd instead of recovery mode and it worked - ty
    – Marie Daze
    May 17, 2015 at 10:29

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