I have enjoyed my time with linux and the learning process. So much so, that i setup a profile for my son. Not sure what he did, or if he even did anything.

When starting up, i get to the point where i enter the passphrase, i do so, and it sits. I can press s to skip mounting(which does nothing), and i think m to recover or have further option, neither of which prove fruitful.

It's like it just freezes after the encryption passphrase is entered.

Whats the deal with that? What do i do?

Thanks for your time.

  • Is it the login passphrase, or one for disk encryption, bios etc? Do you know what your son did if anything?
    – Wilf
    May 27, 2015 at 20:15
  • He likes to play a lot of online games, from what i consider shady sites.
    – ufz937
    May 27, 2015 at 22:46
  • He also has a flashdrive that he likes to tote around claiming his "stuff" is saved on it.
    – ufz937
    May 27, 2015 at 22:47
  • I didnt see anything on it. I will try the ctrl+alt+f's and see what happens. After the passphrase is entered, it looks and acts normal, the 4-5 with dots under the ubuntu, turns red one after another and repeats. It just never go's anywhere afterwards.
    – ufz937
    May 27, 2015 at 22:49
  • Sorry, guess i shouldve read everything before posting. Its the encryption passphrase, before you get to the login password.
    – ufz937
    May 27, 2015 at 22:50

1 Answer 1


Can you Ctrl+Alt+F3 to enter a TTY console after it "freezes"? Try going into one and going back with Ctrl+Alt+F1 or Ctrl+Alt+F7

  • This switched to a black screen with a fast blinking cursor, then back.
    – ufz937
    May 28, 2015 at 18:53

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