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Its all gone HORRIBLY wrong 9.10 wont boot

OH NO! my pc was doing an update and requested a restart and it has now gone badly wrong and I fear its all lost. Please can some one with knowledge help me?

On booting up the pc will run a black screen with white writing on. the last few lines say this:-

fsck from util-linux-ng 2.16
[ 4.87452] adding 1389580k swap on / dev/sda5.
priority:-1 extents:1 across: 1389508k
/dev/sdal:clean, 193026/49323392 files, 6734687/19661544
blocks (check after next mount)

and there it stops.

The pc only runs Ubuntu 9.10 there isnt any other system on it. is it all dead and gone? if so is there any way I can retrieve files that were on the hard drive? ( the purpose of switching on tonight was ultimately to do a back up of the hard drive!!!)

Thanks for any help.

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Unhappy Ubuntu reduced to Text Mode HELP!
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hi,

-i am having dell inspiron 1540 laptop installed with ubuntu 10.04 (updated).
-i wanted to install LAMP(Linux,Apache,MySQL,PHP) for software development purpose.

but after restarting the system, following things occured:-
-Message box appears saying "Ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode"
Your screen, graphics card and input device setting could not be detected... OK

-Then i get prompt saying what would you like to do ?
-Run ubuntu in low-graphics mode for just one session.
i get a message starting display in one minute.....nothing happens ... i switch to text mode by pressing
escape. There is a brown color star before: Speech dispacher configured for user sessions.
on battery state there is a infinte loop i.e. no response and system just hangs there...
-startx at text mode makes the screen blank...

need help asap!!!!

I just got this dell laptop from my friend which has this software on it and Im not familiar with it @ all...I have a ton of questions on how to operate this laptop and this software. Im so used to windows..can someone answer my questions for me please!!! Please email me at patrena95(at sign)yahoo.com with ubuntu in the subject..