How to recover my MINT 14 XFCE from a bad KERNEL update

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How to recover my MINT 14 XFCE from a bad KERNEL update

Postby OBYONETAOPY on Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:11 pm

Hi guys n girls (if any ?)

I had my MINT 14 XFCE running fine from a USB key

but I did a kernel update that went all wrong and
my os does not want to start anymore, blocking on some texte lines
at the beggining of booting, telling me that something is missing, in a german
expression...

My questions are :

Can I restore my MINT 14 XFCE to it's pristine functions, before
it crashed down following the messy update ?

Or how to erase the bad update to come back to my MINT functioning before it ?

if not,

how can I retreive my files on it and my
SPEED DIAL bookmarks in FIREFOX ? so that I can use them on another
MINT 14 XFCE that I have on another USB key....
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Re: How to recover my MINT 14 XFCE from a bad KERNEL update

Postby meteorrock on Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:27 am

This one thread here on google could help you. You will need to input some commands like chroot. It advises to use a different linux distro on a usb or CD and then mount that one partition with your linux mint 14 with XFCE on it. Here is the link. http://linuxaria.com/article/how-to-rec ... ot?lang=en

At least this way you will not have to do a reinstall and lose all of your data. Hope this helps you. :)

Another alternative is to do a,

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 sudo apt-get remove linux-image- [input kernel version here]


if you can get into the terminal still and have not removed the other kernels you had on your system. If you can get into the terminal you can use a

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uname -r


to give you your kernel version for the first code line above. That should revert you back to your kernel version before you updated.

If you modified your grub you will need to remove the new entries.

/boot/vmlinuz*KERNEL-VERSION*
/boot/initrd*KERNEL-VERSION*
/boot/System-map*KERNEL-VERSION*
/boot/config-*KERNEL-VERSION*
/lib/modules/*KERNEL-VERSION*/
Update grub configuration file /etc/grub.conf or /boot/grub/menu.lst to point to correct kernel version.
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Re: How to recover my MINT 14 XFCE from a bad KERNEL update

Postby OBYONETAOPY on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:33 am

Thanks METEORROCK....but all you said seems like chinese to me....I can't figure it out because of me being a newbie in Linux/gnu's world....

But, one thing for sure, is that I have another MINT perfectly functionning on another USB key....(the one I am writing to you with now), and on my laptop, I have another free USB port, which I can use for my dammaged mint one.....

Now...this is a screen snapshot of what I see....when I use my correct mint, to go into my dammaged mint...

Image

Here is the direct link for you to see the whole picture

http://pix.kegtux.org/images/2013/02/05/VrjNX.jpg

The question is : can I do anything from here ?.....

because I really do not know how to access the terminal on this damaged USB key, if I understood a wee bit of what you said above ?
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