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[Closed]Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby SJLPHI on Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:31 pm

Hey,

I tried optimizing my netbook system by purging unnecessary packages.
I must have done something wrong because I can't seem to turn on the netbook anymore. It gets past splash and I can see the mouse cursor but I have a black screen.

I was wondering if there was some sort of live/repair drive for this system. Currently I have failed to move onto SL6 and SLC6 because they do not recognize the keyboard so I didn't even initiate the install on either of them so to my knowledge the files in mint is still safe. I just need to get to them and hopefully fix the LM16.


Any input will be appreciated
-SJL
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Re: Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby Kalyk on Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:29 am

Can you try if you can get to the console using Ctrl-Alt-F1?
If so then you can look at your history and reinstall things.

You might also see this as a good moment to go to Linux Mint 17, because support for Mint 16 ends in a few months.
Put Mint 17 on a USB and boot the live environment.
From there doubleclick the partition with Mint 16 and backup stuff to an external harddisk.
And when everything is saved just reinstall.
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Re: Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby SJLPHI on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:41 pm

Thanks for the reply but I have "solved" the problem by getting access to the terminal using recovery menu and upgrading to LM17 and re-installing cinnamon.

A question I am still unable answer is that why USB live boot didn't work for all Three OS (SL6,SLC6,LM17)

I was able to keep all the installed files which is very nice but once again I hit the performance issues

I'm unsure if LM17 is heavier than LM16 but it slowed down the system A LOT more.

I can't even run a video on VLC without lagging now, before I had no problem whatsoever.

I have been looking around lately to find a replacement netbook.
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Re: Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby Kalyk on Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:01 pm

Usually a newer kernel doesn't perform less then an older, mostly on the contrary.
But perhaps this new version still has some suboptimal settings.
On lower performance hardware I always go for the Mate-version.
It performed quite well on an older desktop with only 512Mb of memory.
Cinnamon relies on 3D and if the processor has to do a lot for that it might be slow.
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Re: Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby SJLPHI on Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:47 pm

Unfortunately during optimization once again the LM17 stopped working properly. I've decided to giv Lubuntu a try after reading its "lightweightedness"
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Re: Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby SJLPHI on Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:32 pm

Unfortunately Lubuntu was not the best fix. It was very fast OS but not compatible with many developmental kit that I must use. Currently the netbook won't even boot.

I have concluded to to invest in a Lenovo T410 for a good deal
then use LM17 and go from there.

In the mean while I want to beat a dead horse and trying to revive the netbook.

Big ISSUE:

After I choose to boot from the USB drive it gets to

_

or

...

then Nothing happens. My main computer uses Windows 7 and I have tried using:

UltraISO
Liveusbcreator 3.11.7
unetbootin-windows-608
Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.2

NONE of them works. My flash drive have been used and was successful at installing OS many times before. In fact, it was used to install Lubuntu on the netbook.
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Re: Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby SJLPHI on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:50 pm

Conclusion:

For some weird reason,
1.Once a computer is loaded with a Linux based OS, any live-USB written from a Windows based computer does not work for the linux based computer anymore.

2.If the live-USB is written from a Linux based computer, it does work for Linux but does not work on Windows computer.

I think I went through about 10 LIVE-USB burning softwares for each OS. None of them worked and I kept FAT32 format throughout/(NTFS for some)

[I've had a LOT of "fun" in the beginning of the summer when my Windows 7 computer crapped out and all I had was my netbook(no optical drive) to fix it.
Same thing when my netbook (After breaking LM16) went down and I only had the Windows 7 computer to fix it]

I'm a little unsure about this compatibility issue(s) but live CD/DVD has not had compatibility issues yet.

I have disassembled and salvaged parts of the netbook, just do note the two points in case if you end up with a netbook and laptop with different type of OS and you have to depend on one to recover the other computer.
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Re: [Closed]Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby PatH57 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:47 pm

1.Once a computer is loaded with a Linux based OS, any live-USB written from a Windows based computer does not work for the linux based computer anymore.

2.If the live-USB is written from a Linux based computer, it does work for Linux but does not work on Windows computer.


I do at least 6 or 7 installation every week (mix of win xp,7 ,ubuntu and Mint) and create boot stick either in linux or on windows and never had a problem? I always make sure to wipe my usb drive before trying to install as some bootloaders have a strange habit of hiding part of the mbr on the sticks or using a fake cd boot loader. So don't trust too much the usb "installation" software to do the job correctly, take the extra 5 minutes to recreate the partition table of the stick and format to fat32. (in win or linux)
People disagree with me. I just ignore them.
(Linus Torvalds, regarding the use of C++ for the Linux kernel.)

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Re: [Closed]Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby SJLPHI on Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:24 pm

Well, I wouldn't mind learning which softwares and brand of USB stick you use,
I've tried SanDisk, Silicon Power and Kingston 8,16,8 gbs
and WinISO, UltraISO, Daemon Tools Pro 5.*, and few others that I came accross on windows
and many softwares found in repositories on LM17.

Basically, the "incompatibility" comes where the boot is initialized but it stays frozen for at least 8 hours (I've slept on it once)
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Re: [Closed]Mint 16 Repairs?

Postby austin.texas on Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:41 pm

I have always fixed usb drives that were not working with the dd command to wipe them clean.
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sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=4096

- where sdX is your thumb drive - sdc?

Run the command:
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sudo blkid
first, to be sure which drive you are wiping clean. You would not want to wipe your hard drive !
Be patient. It takes almost 20 minutes to wipe a 8GB usb drive.
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