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    Reinstall 7.10, save data?

    I boogered up something in Kubuntu 7.10. Now there is a problem related to Xserver (or so the system says). To get the machine useful again quickly: my boss insists upon having a GUI. So I need a good way handle this... fast.
    • Is there a way to reinstall the OS without losing data?
    • Is there a one-size-fits-all fix for display issues?
    • What happens if I save data to a thumb drive that is FAT-formatted?
      I ask because I have had problems when
      1. FTPing tarballs to a Windows file server
      2. FTPing back to LINUX and
      3. un-TARing.
      4. The data were frequently corrupted.
    stw
    It's amazing how many problems can be solved by lowering your standards.
    Given that, sometimes Windows is the fix for a LINUX problem <sigh>.

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    Re: Reinstall 7.10, save data?

    Quote Originally Posted by snorkytheweasel View Post
    I boogered up something in Kubuntu 7.10. Now there is a problem related to Xserver (or so the system says). To get the machine useful again quickly: my boss insists upon having a GUI.
    Xserver is failing to load at startup? If that's the case, try running the interactive X config tool

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

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    Re: Reinstall 7.10, save data?

    Quote Originally Posted by logos34 View Post
    Xserver is failing to load at startup? If that's the case, try running the interactive X config tool

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    Bingo! Thanks ever so much.

    Warning to those who would attempt this process:

    It is pure, unadulterated HELL. There are many, many arcane questions to sweat through. I finally stopped researching and accepted each default answer ... and hoped.

    It turns out that (in my case) the default answers were good enough.

    KDE is now happy, my boss is happy, and I am unimaginably happy.

    I just might name my first-born "xorg".
    stw
    It's amazing how many problems can be solved by lowering your standards.
    Given that, sometimes Windows is the fix for a LINUX problem <sigh>.

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