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Problems booting Mint

Postby dropday on Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:43 pm

Hope that somebody can help me with this.

I installed Cassandra a month ago on my notebook (dual boot with Windows XP), but I had no Internet connection so I couldn't get any update until today. After I downloaded and installed all the main updates suggested by Cassandra, I started downloading some new programs and rebooted the computer.

That's what appeared on Grub 1.5:

Linux Mint, Kernel 2.6.20-16-generic
Linux Mint, Kernel 2.6.20-16-generic (recovery mode)
Linux Mint, Kernel 2.6.20-15-generic
Linux Mint, Kernel 2.6.20-15-generic (recovery mode)
Linux Mint, memtest86+
Other operating systems:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

It seems that I have two different versions of Mint installed, and both freeze before I can login to my account. Only XP works, but I can't get into the Linux partition to save my data.

Another thing I noticed is the line that appears running the recovery modes of both versions
root@dropdayLinux:˜# modprobe: WARNING: Not loading blacklisted module ipv6

Obviously I have no experience with command lines, so I really need help to get this fixed.

Tnx
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Postby nick on Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:19 pm

Hi
Each time a new kernel is installed you will have to reload your Graphics Drivers.
So at the command line where the install stops, type sudo envy -t
and choose the driver to be installed.

Then run sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg, and usually it is a matter of accepting most of the commands, and assuming you have nvidia choose nv, and set screen resolution to your requirments

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Postby dropday on Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:48 pm

Hi nick,

I had some huger problems with my laptop BIOS but now I solved them all. I formatted the disk, reinstalled Linux Mint, updated it to the latest kernel and done as you told me from the recovery mode (run envy then reconfigure xserver-xorg).
I tried to install both ATI and Nvidia drivers and to configure the X server with ati, nv and nvidia, but every time the system told me "Failed to start the X server....".
I finally tried to set up the X server with vesa and it finally worked well.

Just a last question: is it possible to delete the previous kernel version (2.6.20-15-generic) from Grub, or will it be permanent on my system?

Sorry for the dumb question (and my poor english) but as you could notice I'm absolutely new to Linux.
Thank you very much
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Postby nick on Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:34 am

Hi

To remove the old Kernel from your boot screen you can edit the grub file,

gksu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

You should make a backup of old grub file first.

Just comment out the line you do not want, by putting a # in front of it

I never answered
root@dropdayLinux:˜# modprobe: WARNING: Not loading blacklisted module ipv6


Do not worry about that, it is deliberatly blacklisted

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Postby linuxviolin on Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:23 am

To remove the old Kernel you can also remove it of your system with Synaptic. That will update Grub.

The only “problemâ€￾ is with the case where your installation crashes. You will not be able to return more to a preceding kernel if the current crashes.
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Postby Husse on Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:40 pm

I'm going through the forum now (to get an overview of not only my own posts)
I tried to install both ATI and Nvidia drivers and to configure the X server with ati, nv and nvidia, but every time the system told me "Failed to start the X server....".
I finally tried to set up the X server with vesa and it finally worked well.

Oh dear...
You can't have both nvidia and ATI in the same computer (well - you can, but that's another story)
Vesa almost always works but is really crappy and you may have messed up your X....(server - not partner :))
vesa is always there...
You are a noob, so...
Fire up Envy (from the menu) and uninstall all you can. Then let it install the driver for your card, and it's good at selecting the right driver, but you should at least check that it installs nvidia if you have that and ATI if you have that. If you have another brand it becomes more complicated
This should give you the benefit of good video drivers
You may also have to run
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
from a terminal
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