After several successful upgrades following http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2013
I became a bit reckless and did an upgrade on a rather old machine with a quite basic and well-working LMDE Mate i686 installation, for once omitting the disk image backup and the check with the live version… bad voodoo, obviously: now shortly after the Grub menu the screen turns black and remains so. On the GUI tty7 a few hieroglyphics appear; on tty1-6 the screen remains black but I can login blindly and shutdown. I can also ssh to the machine gathering the following —
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# inxi -G
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO]
Display Server: X.org 1.16.4 driver: radeon tty size: 132x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root out of X
Which reminded me that during the upgrade while building the kernel modules several warnings about missing radeon drivers were issued — at the time I didn't realize that this is a Radeon card… but lsmod does list radeon.
sgfxi cannot find fglrx drivers for this old card. installing the native Xorg driver with sgfxi -n did not help.
Marco is not running; when I try starting it from the command line it complains about no X display found.
Xorg is running, but killing it and running Xorg -configure segfaults.
Any ideas? I'll try the live version tomorrow, if that runs it is probably better to do a fresh install and then to restore the home directory.