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blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby csocsoi on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:00 am

Hi All,

I have installed Linux mint 14 Nadja (64bit)
After a successfully new mint install/update I started to install new programs at software manager. After I finished I can reboot my system successfully.
After this I started to remove programs what I'll never use (from media, internet, and for example Bluetooth service)

(I have the same situation with 32 bit version and 64 bit)

After these modifications I wanted to reboot, but there is only black screen with a cursor...can anybody help?

thank you
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby caf4926 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:07 am

Re-install
Then don't un-install stuff, it's not necessary
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby csocsoi on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:10 am

There is no way to save this install? I have changed a lot of things....
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby wayne128 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:16 am

csocsoi wrote:There is no way to save this install? I have changed a lot of things....


common ways to save your work, or your OS are

1. fsarchiver
2. remastersys
3. clonezilla
4. gparted.
5.etc
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby caf4926 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:20 am

csocsoi wrote:There is no way to save this install? I have changed a lot of things....

Possibly, but it's probably as long winded as a new install.
If you can't actually login to your system, we would need to chroot it. To do that you need the original install media and boot it to the live session

* Open a terminal and type

$ sudo fdisk -l

* Now, you need to remember which device listed is your linux distribution, for reference, /dev/sda1 will be used. Now we need to mount the filesystem to /mnt

$ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

* Now mount the rest of your devices

$ sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev

* Now chroot into your system

$ sudo chroot /mnt


Once you have done this you can use synaptic to re-install your core packages
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby csocsoi on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:34 am

thank you for your answer...I think you are right, and I'll choose the easier way and re-install.....and I still do not understand why the whole system crashed after I used its own software manager and I removed some programs, servises what I'll never use...(firefox, pidgin, samba, mplayer2, totem, banshee, brasero, thunderbird, bluetooth)
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby caf4926 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:57 am

Many of these apps are integrated to the overall system
I don't use many of them either but I leave them be
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby csocsoi on Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:02 am

yes, I understand..These lost 3 hours was a good lesson for me.....I think the perfect soultion would be if we could choose at system installation process which programs do we need..
(For example we could choose a webbrowser, torrent client, videoplayer, musicplayer, picture viewer, etc.. only one program in each main category..)
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby caf4926 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:07 am

csocsoi wrote:yes, I understand..These lost 3 hours was a good lesson for me.....I think the perfect soultion would be if we could choose at system installation process which programs do we need..
(For example we could choose a webbrowser, torrent client, videoplayer, musicplayer, picture viewer, etc.. only one program in each main category..)

Typically kde is a little tighter at this

Did you say which desktop you installed in Mint 14?
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby csocsoi on Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:09 am

sorry,I forget it, I use cinnamon
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby caf4926 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:16 am

csocsoi wrote:sorry,I forget it, I use cinnamon

Which is basically a front end to Gnome
I'd leave things be.
You can easily choose which application you want to use. Speaking from some experience anyway....
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby csocsoi on Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:34 am

Why did not ask under installation which main programs do we need?

(videoplayer, musicplayer, webbbrowser, chat client, torrent client...) 5 max 10 selection would be totally enough (for me) to personalize the system already at installation.

...instead of choose user avatar guitar or pinguin.)
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby caf4926 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:16 am

csocsoi wrote:Why did not ask under installation which main programs do we need?

(videoplayer, musicplayer, webbbrowser, chat client, torrent client...) 5 max 10 selection would be totally enough (for me) to personalize the system already at installation.

...instead of choose user avatar guitar or pinguin.)

Well you get what there is
You can modify post install as you did, but some care is needed.

Other distros do offer the configuration you are suggesting. I use and work for one of them.
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby csocsoi on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:43 am

which distro are you using?
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby caf4926 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:54 am

csocsoi wrote:which distro are you using?

Principally I use openSUSE (12.2) KDE
Modification at install is possible with the DVD only
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Re: blank screen with cursor after install/uninstall

Postby RandyNose on Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:42 pm

The best way to do this would be to only remove one program at a time. Log in, and then out. But just because something doesn't look like it's being used, doesn't mean that it's not. LibreOffice and a Media player most likely won't do much damage, but you start removing parts of the File Manager, and Desktop, you're bound to run into issues.

You might want to look at some of the other distro's out there that would let you DL the parts that you want to install. I've not used any, so I don't have any recommendations. IF you want to stay with an Ubuntu / Debian system, you might want to look at Peppermint Linux, as it does fit on a CD, whereas Mint isn't sticking with the size limitations.
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