Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Can you repair an Ubuntu install?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Beans
    35

    Can you repair an Ubuntu install?

    So here is the deal, I had been running Ubuntu 8.10 from the time it was released until about 2 days ago because when I went to 9.04, I got a warning saying that 9.04 didn't support any drivers for my video card. Well I decided to go ahead and upgrade to 9.10 so that I can upgrade to 10.4 LST once it comes out. Everything seemed to be fine but I turned it that night and left it running over night. When I got up the next morning, the screen was black and the computer was not responding. When I tried to restart it and it could not finish loading the OS. It made it about half way though and then the screen just went black. YAH!!! So far the only way I have been able to do anything with it was by having a Ubuntu boot disk in the CD/ROM when I start the computer. With the disk in the drive, whatever file or driver that the OS seems to be missing, it uses the one of the disk and loads just fines. So, no that you know how my day has been let me get to the point, does anyone know if the Ubuntu installer has a repair function and if not, can I just reinstall Ubuntu and let it reload the OS files without it deleting all of my files?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Beans
    8,344

    Re: Can you repair an Ubuntu install?

    You can reinstall without losing data if you have separate home partition.If you don´t follow this guide.
    There is no greater religion than a truth.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    North West England
    Beans
    2,674
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Can you repair an Ubuntu install?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigpayne69 View Post
    can I just reinstall Ubuntu and let it reload the OS files without it deleting all of my files?
    Hi,
    Murphys' Law clearly states that upgrades will fail if a backup has not been made.

    When you say 'all your files' I am assuming that you mean /home. If you are running a LAMP / Mail Server then a few more things need to be done.

    If you can post
    Code:
    df -h
    and from your /home directory the last line of
    Code:
    sudo du -h
    Along with what options you have for taking a backup.

    Regards,

    Phill.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Cloud 9
    Beans
    1,428
    Distro
    Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

    Re: Can you repair an Ubuntu install?

    Quote Originally Posted by zvacet View Post
    You can reinstall without losing data if you have separate home partition.If you don´t follow this guide.
    Boot the install CD and go through the install process as usual. Use the SAME user name and when you get to the partitioner, check the box marked "Manually select partitions" and click forward. You'll see your old setup. UNCHECK all the 'format' boxes and mount the partitions in the same place they are now. As long as no 'format' boxes are checked, no data will be lost and system files will be overwritten with the originals. You'll need to do security updates again.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Beans
    103

    Re: Can you repair an Ubuntu install?

    @pastalavista / anyone: any idea what to do with ubuntu 11.10 if the liveCD installer doesn't display my existing ubuntu configuration?
    on
    /sda
    /sda1 i have ubuntu

    on sdb/
    sdb1/ i have my old xp install. neither are shown. What is does show is:

    dev/mapper/jmicron_SiRAID
    dev/mapper/jmicron_SiRAID1 (type=ntfs)

    In the drop-down selection below, for those entries it says
    Linux device-mapper (mirror) for the first and
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional for the second.

    If i click to install on the linux one, it says "no root system is defined. please select one from the partitioning table". If i click "new partition table" on the top one it asks i i really want to format the whole partition. Given that I want to install over the existing setup, i assume i don't.

    Any ideas? I'd be really grateful. 11.10's been a nightmare from the start.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •