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system crash



I hate to make a post like this, but I'm totally confused.
 
I've been using FC2T1 since it came out; until now the only real problem I'd run into was X crashing due to psaux.
But, today I downloaded kernel version 2.6.3-1.106 as well as about 500 other updates (I had already downloaded all of the XFree86 updates the day before and had no problems). But now I cannot boot the system with any version of the kernel. The X server starts up, but the screen just turns black with the 'X' cursor. Then I press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to the login screen, and the system is hanging just after the step where the swap space is activated/mounted. So, I can never anywhere near a login prompt to try to diagnose the problem.  One other thing: when I downloaded all of those updates, I did it in two groups; the first group had the kernel updates, all lib* updates, and I think systembase (something like that), and the second group was everything else. When I started up2date for the second group, it couldn't show the little pictures on the 'forward', 'back', and 'cancel' buttons (the blue arrows and red X). Then I restarted gkrellm and it said that it could load some .png files. So I reinstalled libpng (I think version 1.2.5) and logged out of KDE. The X server wouldn't start and give me the blue login screen; so I rebooted, and haven't been able to get into Linux since.
 
If anyone sees any of the symptoms I've mentioned or has any ideas, I would greatly appreciate any help I can get.
 
TIA,
Richard Ayer III

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