Total System Crash<SOLVED>

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Total System Crash<SOLVED>

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Ok, trying to solve my realtek network card issues I came across a post stating they had fixed the issue.

I followed the instructions on this link:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WICD


I copied and pasted the code so I would not make a mistake. After a reboot I get a message that says "unable to launch "cinnamon-session-cinnamon" not found; falling back to default session."

Then I just get a black screen and flashing cursor.


I followed the driections for gnome/unity and am, correction, was running Mint 18.3 Sylvia

I had 2 copies of Mint on my drive so I went ahead and crashed BOTH of them.

What do I do? I feel a reinstall in my near future...................

Thanks, JC
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Re: Total System Crash

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That installs the cinnamon session.

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sudo apt-get install cinnamon
This below is what broke it. Cinnamon (or Mint in general) for some annoying reason relies heavily on things like network-manager, so if you take away NM, you take away cinnamon, which is the session:

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sudo apt-get remove network-manager-gnome network-manager 
I recommend you do away with wicd and go back to network-manager. Then try a different way to diagnose whatever the issue is.
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Re: Total System Crash

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Thanks Termy, but how do I get to a screen where I can type that command? All I have is a black screen with a cursor.
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Oooh right, sorry, I forgot about that part. lol Enter the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + F3

Log in with your usual information. The password part won't show any text entered, which is normal. Then enter the command, then restart.
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Re: Total System Crash

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Well, it is painstakingly obvious I posted in the correct place....


I did an oem install and have no idea what my log in is. I have the password, just no clue what my log in is.

Shortcut took my right to it though
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Re: Total System Crash<SOLVED>

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Thank you Termy!

I was able to figure out the log in for the 2nd install I had on the drive and I am back up and running.


Off to my next crash as I learn Linux!!!
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Re: Total System Crash<SOLVED>

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Lol You're welcome. Glad it's sorted. I'm just a PM away if you ever have any other questions. :)
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Re: Total System Crash<SOLVED>

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I am getting the same error. I was on the night before deleting old install packages trying to free up hard drive space and must have screwed up.
I get grub, and I get the logon screen. Typing in my password results in unable to launch cinnamon.... falling back to... Then I get a black screen. My question is, would installing 18.3 from a USB flash drive result in a complete overwrite, i.e. fresh install, or simply an upgrade replacing packages that accidentally got deleted?
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Re: Total System Crash<SOLVED>

Post by Pierre »

YES - would installing 18.3 from a USB flash drive result in a complete overwrite, i.e. fresh install . .
- it will erase the existing system, by formatting the drive :!:

it would also pay to start another Topic, if you have any further issues.
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