[ubuntu] ubuntu crashed bad and i desperately need the files inside, PLEASE HELP

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http://ubuntuforums.org – i apologize, i am not trying to bypass searching for the answer to my question but i am not the most computer savvy person out there. any help, even just linking to some posts that deal with this problem would be appreciated. basically what happened is that my laptop got shut while a video was playing. later, when restarted for the first time since being closed, all i get is a purple screen if i try to start ubuntu normally. i tried loading in safe mode and tooling around with the command prompt, but i know nothing about the commands. any help would be greatly appreciated. (Hardware)