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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby sagirfahmid3 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:43 pm

scotthge, that sounds like there's a few firmware packages for your wireless card missing. Do you happen to have a broadcom chip?
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby zerozero on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:13 pm

Scotty,
those broadcom-related errors shouldn't stop you from booting:
1- because afaik you already installed before and booted up that system (and broke with those odd +1000 updates)
2- there's actually an issue with broadcom stopping booting but i never saw any report of it in debian (all the reports are from ubuntu or derivatives)
3- it's natural that you see those warnings about firmware missing while booting (actually it's a very interesting feature) but it's an warning not an error and once more i say, it shouldn't stop you from booting into the desktop.
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby cwwgateway on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:36 pm

My guess is that has to do with a wireless card (I've heard b43 before somewhere... I think it has something to do with broadcom). Anyway, do you really have your heart set on debian? Unless you really want it, you'd be fine with the ubuntu-based xfce edition.
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby scottjge on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:42 pm

Ok zerozero, I finally got to a point where I could answer your question. This is what I get when I typed inxi -Sr.

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jim@shop ~ $  inxi -Sr
System:    Host shop Kernel 2.6.39-2-486 i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint Xfce Edition
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
           deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
           deb-src http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
           deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
           deb-src http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
           deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest testing main contrib non-free
           deb-src http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest testing main contrib non-free
           deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/security testing/updates main contrib non-free
           deb-src http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/security testing/updates main contrib non-free
           deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/multimedia testing main non-free
           deb-src http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/multimedia testing main non-free
           deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
           deb-src http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
jim@shop ~ $
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby zerozero on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:58 pm

Scotty,
that is not the latest iso.
that is not the 201204 respin that you d/l from here >> http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=101 (assuming that you want the 32bit ed)
your iso has the 2.6.39.x kernel and the new one ships with 3.2
see here http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1979

also those repos are all messed up: duplicated entries, deb-src entries in there that most probably are of no use ( i see no real error apart from the duplications but that is not a vanilla sources.list)
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby scottjge on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:27 am

Yes the image that is on the computer right now is the older version or re-spin of LMDE Xfce. It is the only version that will boot and install. The newer image found here, http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=101, will not boot or install. As I said before, it will start to boot up, then is complains about b43/ucode5.fw, then goes to a black screen and freezes. It will not even boot for a live cd , much less install. So I had the older version on cd so last night I tried it and it worked and installed.
The only problem with it is that when you go to update, everything goes smooth until you re-boot, then it is dead in the water. I had a suspicion that it was in the repo's. Do you have any idea how I can get the updates and upgrade to the newest version without it crashing, because the newer image will not even boot so I can install.

Thank you so much for your advise and expertise,

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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby zerozero on Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:53 pm

Scotty,
sorry for the late reply,
if you have to go with the old iso make sure that:
1- the repos are like this
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deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest testing main contrib non-free
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/security testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/multimedia testing main non-free
nothing more in sources.list for now

2- update the system using the terminal with
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apt update && apt dist-upgrade
and post back here the output.

let's see if we can do it :D
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby cwwgateway on Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:59 pm

IIRC there was some gstreamer-plugins-really-bad (or something like that - I remember thinking the name was funny) problem. Copy the error and google it, and you should find the solution in a forum thread.
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby scottjge on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:57 pm

well. I think I got everything fixed. I had to go with the old Xfce cd. Then I had to upgrade the kernel. then the updates worked like a charm. Everything is working but the menu for some strange reason no longer has a "quit", "restart", "logoff" options. The only way that I can shut the system down is to hold the power button. I have been at this all day and the only thing that I can not fix is the shut down problem.

Thank you zerozero for all your expertise. It is much appreciated.
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Re: Give me some suggestions

Postby scottjge on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:32 pm

Ok I think I have found the problem with not being prompted when I use the logout button. In "sessions and startup" menu there is suppose to be an item named "Prompt on logout". I had to add it to my Application Autostart menu. But I do not know what to put in the command box. Could someone tell me what the command would be for this item?
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