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  1. #1

    Ubuntu hangs on boot after trying to upgrade for Skype


    Hi,

    I have been running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit on a ThinkPad Edge E525 for a couple of years without any major problems.

    I recently tried to upgrade a few packages to stop Skype crashing, this has resulted in Ubuntu hanging on boot, the screen goes purple, then the ubuntu logo appears, then the following text appears:
    "Checking battery state [ OK ], then it hangs.

    I can enter the shell using ctrl+alt+f1 and get to my .bash_history file. The fatal commands were:

    mv .Skype .Skype.old
    sudo apt-get install libqt4-dbus:i386 libqt4-network:i386 libqt4-xml:i386 libqtcore4:i386 libqtgui:i386 libqttwebkit4:i386 sni-qt:i386
    sudo apt-get install libqt4-dbus:i386 libqt4-network:i386 libqt4-xml:i386 libqtcore4:i386 libqtgui:i386 libqttwebkit4:i386 sni-qt:i386 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0:i386
    sudo apt-get install libqt4-dbus:i386 libqt4-network:i386 libqt4-xml:i386 libqtcore4:i386 libqtgui:i386 libqttwebkit4:i386 sni-qt:i386 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0:i386 libsqlite3-0:i386
    sudo apt-get install skype
    sudo apt-add-repository "deb [????archive.canonical.????/] $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

    I cannot connect to the internet via wireless or cable.
    The output of ifconfig is:

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.01 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

    Also when I connect an external hardrive (I wanted to copy all my files off and just start again) , the output has the form:

    [ 89.1 ??????] sd 3:0:0:0 [sdb] No caching mode page found
    [ 89.1 ??????] sd 3:0:0:0 [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 89.1 ??????] sd 3:0:0:0 [sdb] No caching mode page found
    [ 89.1 ??????] sd 3:0:0:0 [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 89.1 ??????] sd 3:0:0:0 [sdb] No caching mode page found
    [ 89.1 ??????] sd 3:0:0:0 [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through


    I'm up **** creek, any help would be appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Try running:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    sudo apt-get update

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