Well I tried the upgrade tool

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Well I tried the upgrade tool

Postby Algus on Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:36 pm

I thought I'd throw this thread up to talk about my experiences with the tool...maybe it will be helpful to Clem or someone else, I don't know. I certainly invite anyone else who tried the tool (or is thinking of trying the tool) to post their experiences.

To start I burned a copy of the ISO to disc. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do this. If you can't burn a disc for some reason (certainly possible if you're thinking of using the tool) then you might want to stick with Elyssa until you can get your hands on a Mint 6 disc.

I choose to use the tool as I was hoping for an Ubuntu-like experience where I could easily update my OS version without having to format (and thus have to mess with any of my documents). For the record, I'm using the following

Dell Vostro 1400
Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 (I think?, something like that)
3 GB DDR2 SD-RAM
160GB 7200 RPM HDD
Nvidia GeForce 8400M

So I grabbed the tool off of Synaptic as per the blog post. The tool was easy enough to use and behavied similarly to Ubuntu's upgrader. After the process was complete, I went to reboot per instructions. I hit grub and had the newer kernel listed alongside my own kernel. Picked the new kernel AAAAND I hit the command line =( It showed the splash screen loading Mint up but then went right to the command line.

Now, unfortunately, I am a big noob when it comes to the command line. I use Ubuntu and Mint as my Linux distros of choices because they allow me to avoid the command line. Anyway, I did sudo shutdown and ended up getting all kinds of weird garbage (including the splashscreen which would move slightly when I hit the enter key?). Well, after rebooting, I tried the old kernel and got the same thing.

At this point I decided to put in the LiveCD (which I'm on now). I'm going to probably just install via the LiveCD (which is what I should have done in the first place)

So, for the most part, Clem was right, the LiveCD is the way to go. Personally I'd love to see the tool start to work on the level of Ubuntu (again, I am a relative noob even though I've been using Linux for awhile so hopefully those who are more knowledgable will have no problems with the tool). Thanks for making the tool available, I hope it gets some refinements. I wouldn't mind trying it again when Mint 7 shows up but I will absolutely be sure to have the ISO on a disc before I try it.
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Re: Well I tried the upgrade tool

Postby proxima_centauri on Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:46 pm

Maybe you just needed to reinstall the nVidia drivers after the Kernel upgrade, I can't remember is thats still necessary with Ubuntu-Mint but I knew it used to be an issue when I used.

Don't give up so easily in the future, you said you were planning to reinstall anyways, so there's no harm in trying to fix the problem before you reinstall. No need to be afraid of the command-line.
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Re: Well I tried the upgrade tool

Postby Algus on Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:22 pm

Yeah I know I didn't give it much of a chance =( It might have been a simple problem too. I knew that a clean install via the Mint 6 CD would solve my problems quickly though and I didn't want to spend a lot of time this weekend tinkering with my computer. The new academic semester starts on Tuesday for me and I want to be ready to go, including having my laptop working.

And one of these days! One of these days I'll tackle that command line! I'll just format my computer and try to install Slackware!

Not this weekend though :/
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