[Nottingham] Help with Ubuntu 10.10 - Graphical interface crash (I think!)

Christopher Joice christopher at c25.eu
Mon Dec 6 13:40:55 UTC 2010

Always worth logging in to the command line and trying


This should try and start the gui, but you might not get anything useful...

Ubuntu might automatically mount the drive, try looking in /media:
ls /media

if it shows up, try this:
cp -r /home/barry/photos/* /media/backup

This will copy (cp) everything including folders (-r) from
/home/barry/photos (change to where your photos live) to the usb drive

On 6 December 2010 13:34, Barry Allen <barry_a_14 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am a Linux novice and I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 10.4 to 10.10. The
> reason was due to 10.4 refusing me to upgrade an increasing number of
> programs due to authorisation failures. I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10 without
> any problems and used it quite happily for a week but then I started the PC
> as normal and since then Ubuntu 10.10 only boots to the command line.
> The PC did reboot quite a few times since the new installation which I put
> down to a problem with acpi (something that was a problem with 10.4) so I
> added acpi=off to the menu.lst and the number of reboots reduced
> dramatically (still did reboot but not as often).
> However my main problem is with the graphical interface as I know very
> little about using Linux via the command line.
> I would normally re-install the operating system, however my wife reminded
> me we have a number of family photos on the hard disk which I forgot to
> backup to the external drive. I don't know how to do this using the command
> line and the directory where the photos are has spaces in the directory name
> (very foolish of me). My external drive is also connected by a USB port and
> I don't know how to find or mount it.
> Would someone be able to help me. If you are aware of this problem
> (Graphical interface crash) with Ubuntu 10.10 could you provide a solution
> please.
> Thank you
> Barry
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