I srewed the GUI :(

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Google Spider
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I srewed the GUI :(

Postby Google Spider » Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:32 am

Hi, I was just installing the latest updates from adept package manager. I chose "safe upgrade" and it was 90% done. I was also surfing the net and then everything froze. I pressed the power off button and rebooted. Now when I login, the desktop flashes for a second and then goes white. The whole screen is white. :cry:

I booted into recovery mode and then did

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

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But this didn't work.

I got these commands from ubuntuforums a while back when I had screwed Kubuntu GUI.

I am running Mint (latest version) KDE community edition.

Help Needed. Thanks.
Last edited by Google Spider on Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:47 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: I srewed the GUI :(

Postby Husse » Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:44 am

I can't tell you what happened but
never ever use startx in "Recovery mode" - never ever - you are root and will continue to be root
Furthermore please use mintUpdate for updates/grades as the possibly dangerous updates are sorted out.
And if you cut power during such an operation things may go really wrong
In "recovery mode" run

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apt-get update


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apt-get upgrade

to complete the upgrades that failed.
Update should not give an error message while you should receive an error message from upgrade
Please don't use these commands normally, instead use mintUpdate
Now you have already started the process.
I guess that an error message will tell you to run
dpkg --configure -a

Do so
You may also have to run
apt-get install -f

All in recovery mode - in normal mode you need to precede the commands with sudo
Leave recovery moder with a reboot or by typing exit
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it

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