Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

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Aurania1884
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Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby Aurania1884 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:47 pm

Hi everyone
I am having a terrible time with my Linux Mint 18.2 Xfce. I have an older computer, an Asus X54C. Twice in less than two weeks I ran into booting problems where I got as far as the GRUB menu and Mint refused to boot. I have not uninstalled any of the apps that came with my operating system. I never used Bleachbit or any system cleaning app. I did a full reinstall and tweaked it to my liking. The computer worked fine until this evening. Now I'm back to square one. This is so frustrating.

Is there a way for me to repair my system from my live DVD? I don't want to do another reinstall and reconfiguration. As I write this, I'm booting off the live DVD. Any help would be very much appreciated. It might be helpful to tell you that I didn't partition my hard drive on either installation.

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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby Laurent85 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:07 am

A bisnext summary might help diagnose the problem, that will detail current configuration and report any error messages in the logs.
Boot a live session from your dvd and open a terminal, run the following commands:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cematinla/bisnext
apt update
apt install bisnext inxi --install-recommends
bisnext --pastebin

Last command uploads the summary, see first line of summary and provide the URL link, don't copy paste entire summary to the forum it's too large.
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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby michael louwe » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:00 am

@ Aurania1884, .......

Aurania1884 wrote: Twice in less than two weeks I ran into booting problems where I got as far as the GRUB menu and Mint refused to boot.

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Are you dual-booting LM with Win 7.? If so, be aware that Windows Update will often bork the LM system.

If not, the hard-drive may be failing.

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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby turtlebay » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:34 am

Aurania1884 wrote:
and tweaked it to my liking.


Have you considered that your tweaking could be breaking the system?

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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby Aurania1884 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:52 pm

Hi there, and thank you for responding so quickly.

The only tweaking I did were the safe ones at https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/3.

I put the sudo in the terminal emulator (remember I'm running off my live DVD) and got this: $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cematinla/bisnext

You are about to add the following PPA:
Generate summary of computer hardware specifications, computer boot setup, system configuration & settings, disk SMART attributes.
More info: https://launchpad.net/~cematinla/+archi ... tu/bisnext
Press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel
Executing: /tmp/tmp.XLaVmXwJtn/gpg.1.sh --keyserver
hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80
--recv-keys
014D5B11
gpg: requesting key 014D5B11 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: key 014D5B11: public key "Launchpad PPA for Laurent Jourden" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg: imported: 1 (RSA: 1)

So, what is the next step for recovering my OS without having to start all over again?

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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby Aurania1884 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:55 pm

Just a little postscript: There is no dual boot with Windows 7. The Linux Mint Xfce had the entire disk (500GB) to itself. Maybe this will be helpful in pinpointing the problem. Again, thank you for being helpful! :)

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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby Laurent85 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:55 pm

Each line corresponds to a separate command, 4 lines, 4 successive commands to run:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cematinla/bisnext
apt update
apt install bisnext inxi --install-recommends
bisnext --pastebin

Only post back the URL link indicated first line of summary.
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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby michael louwe » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:24 pm

@ Aurania1884

Fyi, Level 4 and 5 updates can destabilize the Linux system. Did you avoid such updates by selecting the appropriate setting.?
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... le-updates

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Re: Mint 18.2 Xfce Won't Boot

Postby Aurania1884 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:32 pm

Hi there
I think that's what happened--either those Level 4 and 5 updates. When I reinstall, I will set it at Don't Break My Computer and not bother installing any updates beyond Level 3. I am going to reinstall Mint 18.1 Cinnamon. I will let you know how it goes. :D

Again, a big Thank you!


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