Help! I did a stupid thing.SOLVED (sort of)

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Help! I did a stupid thing.SOLVED (sort of)

Postby alanstanley » Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:55 am

I am a mint user for a few months now and am convinced it is the best desktop dist for non technical people such as myself. Unfortunately whilst playing around I stupidly ignored warnings whilst using "kleansweep" and have deleted some things I shouldn-t have and now Mint won"t boot. On booting I first get the message

" graphics file "/etc/grub/message.mint" missing, press a key to continue....

I then get a modified version of the dual boot screen where I select between vista or Mint. On selecting Mint, at first the mint loading screen appears as normal (splash?) but then screen goes black and I get the following message

195 : can-t open /etc/default/rcS
error: /etc/init.d/rc exited outside expected code flow
init: rcS main process (2529) terminated with status 2


This message is then repeated, and then I am left with a blinking cursor.

Fortunately perhaps, yesterday I installed the new ubuntu using wubi inside vista just to try it out ( wubi would be a great addition to Mint by the way!), and therefore I have access to my mint partition from inside Ubuntu, everything seems to be still there if only I could boot into it. I can even go to the kleansweep back up files I made but don,t know how to reinstate them. I could reinstall mint as I have all my personal files backed up but would rather not. If only because I don.t want to loose all my e mails from thunderbird ( is there a way of salvaging these?)

I would be very very grateful to anyone prepared to spend the time to help me recover from this problem , I promise not to be so stupid in future! :oops:
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Re: Help! I did a stupid thing. Mint no longer booting

Postby 67GTA » Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:04 pm

You could try running fsck with a live cd, but not knowing what you have deleted, it is hard to say. You can use a live cd to get your emails, etc. Boot a live cd, open a terminal and run

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sudo fdisk -l
. Then using the info from that command, run fsck on your linux partition:

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sudo fsck /dev/sdax
Replace the "x" with your number.
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Re: Help! I did a stupid thing. Mint no longer booting

Postby Husse » Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:06 pm

I would recommend a fresh install!
You have all your personal files backed up except mail?
This is in your Mozilla profiles folder in home so just copy that folder to a safe place and use a separate partition for home when you reinstall and you wont loose any data on reinstall
I have my profiles in a non standard location so I can't give you the exact path, but I think it's a folder in /home called Mozilla_Profiles
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Re: Help! I did a stupid thing. Mint no longer booting

Postby 67GTA » Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:11 pm

Hey Husse, do you ever sleep?(lol)
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Re: Help! I did a stupid thing. Mint no longer booting

Postby alanstanley » Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:41 pm

amazingly fast replies! Thanks. Will try what you say when I have time tomorrow and let you know how I get on (and probably ask for more advice!)

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Re: Help! I did a stupid thing. Mint no longer booting

Postby Husse » Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:37 pm

@ 67GTA
I came home from work about 6 AM today, so I slept most of the day :)
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Re: Help! I did a stupid thing. Mint no longer booting

Postby alanstanley » Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:03 am

Thanks for your suggestion 67GTA but I'm afraid it didn't help, the damage must have been too great. So thank you Husse for your advice and I am now freshly installed - wasn't able to find my thunderbird e mails though. Never mind. I've learnt from the experience though and in future I will use Gmail so I have an online back-up, also I have installed my Home to a separate partition to keep it safer and make upgrading easier. and most importantly I shall try in future not to mess around with things I don't understand!

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Re: Help! I did a stupid thing.SOLVED (sort of)

Postby Husse » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:32 pm

There is another topic where I've been active where you can find the correct path to Thunderbird mail (if the need ever arises again)
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