I installed Ubuntu on a HP Mini 210, and everything was fine. However, after using the laptop for a while I got the error:

panic occurred switching back to text console

What could be the reason and what can I do about it?


It seems it's a bug in kernel 3.0 and it happens in many netbooks. I've read that if you upgrade your kernel version up to the 3.1 branch it won't happen again.


Parece que es un bug en la versión 3.0 del kernel y que les pasa a muchos netbooks. He leído que si actualizas el kernel hasta una versión 3.1 deja de pasar.

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    +1. First time I've seen multilang answer on stackexchange. – Michał Šrajer Jan 2 '12 at 14:35

It sounds as if there might be an issue with your graphics driver or Xorg. I seem to recall having experienced something similar. If you press alt+ctrl+f1 you should be able to log in. There, run sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart. That should close all your apps and the window system should restart. If it doesn't, I'm afraid you'll need to reboot.

  • Just experienced a similar sounding error (for the first time in my personal computer history), using a flaky wifi connection on my Thinkpad x41 (with SSD); nothing worked, had to pull the plug! – nutty about natty May 9 '13 at 11:18

Try to boot in recovery mode to diagnose the problem.

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