Ubuntu 14.04 is struck at boot screen

This box is running on vmware esxi, following is the boot screen

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I tried interrupting boot using following options

  1. holding shift key
  2. pressing escape key

But none of them worked, How to interrupt boot and get into single user mode?

  • Single user mode requires that at least / gets mounted, which appears to be what is failing here.
    – jordanm
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 15:43

1 Answer 1


As you cannot enter rescue mode from the boot menu, probably due to VMWare, you might want to try using a live cd to fix the problem.

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