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  1. #1
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    Help! - I need my computer back (broken pipes)

    Hello,

    I have been using *buntu operating systems since 2008. Usually manage to find my way around any small problems through the forums, but this one has me stumped.

    During boot-up, I get the following error message:

    could not write bytes broken pipe
    * Stopping anac(h)ronistic cron
    saned.
    * Stopping save kernel messages
    * Starting anac(h)ronistic cron
    * Stopping anac(h)ronistic cron
    * Checking battery state
    * Sping system v runlevel compatibility

    What's going on? I've tried many solutions including:

    Deleting some hidden folders in the home directory, as explained here:
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/12988...pe-cannot-boot

    Installing Nvidia drivers (even though I don't have an Nvidia graphics card, I have a Thinkpad X61, which has all compatible hardware with ubuntu)

    Uninstalling and reinstalling xserver-xorg

    Fixing broken dependencies with sudo apt-get -f install



    I can get to a terminal pressing ALT+CTRL+F1. Until I reinstalled xserver-xorg, I could type "startx" and it would take me to my desktop, but with a different background and different menu from my custom settings. Since I reinstalled xserver-xorg, I just get a blank screen when I type "startx".

    This is so frustrating! I need to work! What's happening? Why has this happened? Can I get my files back? How can I fix it?

    I am running Xubuntu 12.04.

    Thank you.

  2. #2
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    Re: Help! - I need my computer back (broken pipes)

    Hmm...let me reassure you, your files are not lost. Don't take my word for it; boot from a Live CD or USB and try browsing your files. If the files are important to you, it would be a good idea at this point to plug in an external HD and create a backup copy of them there.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: Help! - I need my computer back (broken pipes)

    Thanks - I'll do that to get the files.

    What can I do to fix the system? I'd really rather not do a fresh install. Why has this happened?

    Why can't Linux just work? Everytime I've installed it for myself or others, there have been problems.

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