I "b0rked" my entire PC system!!!
As you might remember, I built a Debian Squeeze (testing) from a net.install iso, downloaded via Torrent.
Then, I set about to Mint-ify
The guys on the Debian User Forums, told me that it could not be done, as Ubuntu/Mint while based on Debian, is not compatible with Debian. Call me, stubborn
So, I got my version of Debian 5.0.3-Xfce and added the Debian "Testing" Repositories. Then added the LinuxMint-8 Repositories and whatever Ubuntu Repositories were needed to support Mint.
Everything was downloaded and installed and it all worked for about an hour . . . . then I got a big 'error' message, across my screen. Warning: Fatal Kernel Crash Detected!!
I did everything I knew how to do, but it was for naught.
I could open Gparted but could not mount or change anything.
I could view most all the internal system files but couldn't change anything.
I could open a Terminal ... but when I would try to open any other file, it would again, give me an 'system-error' message ... in the terminal!!
I re-booted and the comp went to the infamous 'black screen'
Well, I have a Grub Rescue CD . . . opened it and the splash screen was 'blank'
I managed to get into the computer via a GrubRescue/Safe Mode and the Computers BIOS system.
The 4 Linux Partitions were there but I couldn't open any of them. The separate /home partition and all my files were 'intact'
So . . . I deleted everything and am now re-installing my Linux OS. . . . . . Oh, well
Live and learn. That's the main motto of Linux/GNU . . . freedom of choice.