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upgrade from Felicia to gloria unbootable

Postby leebr on Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:16 am

Hi all, first I'm not a total newb, prolly forgot more than I need to know.

Anyhow, I recently upgraded my Felicia via command line, carefully following the instructions off the linux mint blogger's site from here.

Pentium 4, 1GB RAM, e-geforce 6200 video card (worked perfectly with felicia), 22" Acer LCD, IDE drive. Upgrade seemed to go swimmingly. I finished, rebooted, and system hangs and parks at the end of the following message. I was thinking I needed to set the default init for x at say level 3; upgrade nvyg drivers, and I'd be good to go. I can only hard boot, no responses from system; ordered lines below.
[message]
usplash: setting mode 1152x864 failed
usplash: setting mode 1024x768 failed
Gave up waiting for boot device. Common problems:
-Boot arg's (cat/proc/cmdline
-check rootdelay=(did the system wait long enough?)
-check root=(did the system wait for the right device?)

Missing modules (cat /proc/modules; ls /dev)
ALERT! /dev/sda2 does not exist. Dropping to a shell

BusyBox v1.10.2(Ubuntu 1:1.1.10.2-2ubuntu7)built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for alist of built-in shell commands.

(initramfs) <dead system here, blinking cursor, she's hopelessly hung.)

I cannot for the life of me see where it is or how to get an xconf anything file to edit. I can access the drive via this felicia kde. I'm eager to see how this is repaired, AND it's the important drive, main, mostly used. All my data seems to be intact just fine. The system simply won't boot. I've tried failsafe/recovery mode, no good.

I would certainly appreciate any help. Thanks in advance. Oh yeah! I used to have a different membership name here, and I forgot it, and somehow this database doesn't seem to know who I am no matter what. So name's new, face's kinda old. :)

Cheers!
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Re: upgrade from Felicia to gloria unbootable

Postby kneekoo on Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:35 am

Hello! Something similar happened to me. My PC at work originally had Mint 5. When Felicia came out, I upgraded it and thankfully everything went well. About one week ago I decided it was time to me to migrate to Mint 7 on my work PC as well - my home PC already has it since its launch. :)

Oh well, the upgrade seemed fine - although I chose the graphical upgrade because I'm quite busy here at work and I didn't want to follow too many instructions about editing files and so on. After the required reboot, it just went bad. I couldn't start my Mint. After having miserably abandoned my Mint in that state, yesterday I decided it was time to do something about it so I entered the recovery mode. I started with fsck just to be sure everything is right on the HDD before anything else. One of the bottom options are starting the network and going to the console. I chose that option and the network started, but when Mint asked me for the password I typed Ctrl-D to exit the console and continue with the rescue session. After that, I chose Fix broken packages from the rescue menu. Mint went checking up everything on the internet, offered to uninstall almost everything and install back. As I had nothing valuable to lose, I went for it. About half an hour later I restarted the system and it was OK. You will only have to answer some questions after the configuration of the packages starts.

If you have important data it's safer for you to backup everything. Normally nothing can go wrong with your data but just in case anything happens at least you have this advice. The packages reinstallation was a success - I am typing this messenge from my upgraded Mint "Gloria".

Good luck!
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Re: upgrade from Felicia to gloria unbootable

Postby leebr on Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:07 pm

yeah thats just the problem unfortunately, if I choose the recovery mode I'm sent straight to an error message I think error 15: file not found, then sent on to an ascii box lookn like old grub menu. The only option it'll boot now is straight up the old (6) version of mint. Try that, and like I say, it boots clean/smooth to the point of saying "starting up" then the bit about setting the screen resolution (usplash) and failing, etc, then dead, must power down, and cold boot.

I can't for the life of me locate an x11 file where I can try editing the run level to lower video settings, like run level 3 or even 2 to see if that works.

The only thing I can do is peruse the drive from here at kde on v.6 mint, diff partition. I'm hoping to be able to do something simple and maybe edit a conf file or some such. Used to be in pretty plain sight for x. lol I'm sure it still is, but I'm still going back to days of freebsd 1 something. ;) Like I say, I'm spacey and a lil oder each year by now, and I forget things.

I'm sure hoping to get it up and running because I've tried the early RC, and frankly the video was much sharper/clearer, and the networking was quicker to connect on my broadband wireless, and quicker//smoother to shut down. In fact in v.6 I couldn't successfully shut down the pc unless I disconnected FIRST and then shut down. Otherwise it'd hang, every time.

Anyhow. I'm just rambling and babbling on right now. Thanks for the input.

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Re: upgrade from Felicia to gloria unbootable

Postby kneekoo on Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:13 am

Hello again! Unfortunately, I don't have enough experience to easily guide you through the process, but I do know run levels are something else. They allow the system admin to set certain processes to run in different stages at startup and shutdown. What you probably need is to change the X server configuration to a lower setting, that could work. The file responsible for these settings is: /etc/X11/xorg.conf - make a backup copy, just in case.

I hope this will help you somehow. If not, I'll see what else I can think about or someone more experienced could tag along. Good luck editing! :)
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Re: upgrade from Felicia to gloria unbootable

Postby ACE on Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:22 pm

I'm new to this OS as well, but have used Unix/Linux before.

I have this problem too on my installation, but if you type the word 'EXIT' and then press enter the system carries on with the boot and runs as normal. I think the problem is in how long the OS boot waits (or fails to wait!) before it starts up the GUI.

In my case I think all I have to do is set the environment variable 'Rootdelay' to stop it dropping out of the OS shell..... 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

I think some previous versions of Linux did this ten years ago - can't remember the specifics.

Hope that helps. :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:
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