Can't boot Ubuntu 12.04 "Could not write bytes: broken pipe"

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http://askubuntu.com – SYSTEM: 4GB RAM; 500GB DISK I have tried some of the solutions I have seen about this error and none have helped. Here is the history: 1. I have been running 12.04 LTE for about a year now with no problems. Last week I booted and got error "Checking battery state ... [OK]" upon boot. I could do ctrl-alt-f1 and get to a terminal, so i tried some remedies online (e.g. reinstalling nvidia), and none helped. I finally bit the bullet and rebuilt my system from scratch. I was about 80% through restore and boot my system and upon boot got error "Could not write bytes: broken pipe" and could go no (HowTos)