Comment 7 for bug 484677

Oernie (arne-henningsen) wrote :

I had the same (or at least similar) problem. On my computer (Dell laptop D630, intel graphic) this error occurs at every boot. I get a black screen with a white (non-flashing) underscore in the top-left so that I cannot log in any more -- also the text/console login does not work and even the "failsafe" mode fails. If I add the kernel option "i915.modeset=0" in GRUB to the "failsafe" mode, I still cannot log in after boot but I can see the start-up messages, where the last line is "init: ureadahead-other main process (762) terminated with status 4". Hence, I was really locked out from my own computer :-( So, I had to re-install Kubuntu 9.10 and everything runs fine now. Since this issue and a few other problems occurred after upgrading from 9.04 (Jaunty) to 9.10 (Karmic), I think that it is caused by a bug in the (dist-)upgrade procedure.

BTW: I originally installed Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) on this computer, then changed to Kubuntu and then upgraded to 9.04 (Jaunty). All this worked fine but I mention it here, because the upgrade to 9.10 (Karmic) might be affected by the previous upgrade. I have the non-working system still installed on another partition. So please let me know if you have any questions.

I reported this problem also as comments to bug #483359 and bug #483429.