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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Hi guys,

    I'm having an issue very similar to the one described on this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2098185

    As is that thread, the grub menu doesn't point to the last kernel I have installed. The complication is that when I follow the advice and try to install grub-pc, i get the following:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:


    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    grub-pc : Depends: grub-common but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: grub2-common (= 1.99-12ubuntu5-1linuxmint1) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: grub-pc-bin (= 1.99-12ubuntu5-1linuxmint1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    Here's my BootInfo summary I get from boot-repair: http://paste.ubuntu.com/5767800/

    Any suggestions on what to do next would be appreciated!

    Thank you

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    As the suggestions by Boot-Repair. We have seen issues with some BIOS (or BIOS settings) where boot files are beyond the 100GB point on the hard drive.
    If you look at line 85 and up you see many of your boot files near the start of the drive but some now are beyond the 100GB point.
    I would check BIOS and make sure you are in AHCI mode not IDE nor RAID.
    And it that does not work you may need either a separate /boot at beginning of drive or shrink / (root) and use rest of drive as data or /home. I prefer smaller / of 25GB or so and rest of drive used as data or /home. You can do the shink but have used 105GB so will not be able to shrink as much as needed.

    To move /home uses rsync- Be sure to use parameters to preserve ownership & permissions
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pa...ng/Home/Moving

    You can do the same process to move /boot, but you have to insert a new /boot at beginning of drive which requires moving the entire / partition. I always hesitate to do major moves as any power failure will corrupt system. Good backups required.

    You also have a lot of kernels. May also be time to houseclean.

    RecoverLostDiskSpace
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoverLostDiskSpace
    HOWTO: Recover Lost Disk Space - drs305
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1122670
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=898573
    HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=140920
    Caution deborphan will delete anything you manually installed. See comment:
    Better to use Synaptic to select the ones you no longer want. Also you get notified about dependencies to be removed and can reconsider, if need be.
    http://lifehacker.com/5817282/what-k...on-my-linux-pc
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    oldfred, thanks for the reply

    I checked my BIOS and it doesn't offer the AHCI mode. I'm on IDE. Is this an issue?

    I followed two of the links above for cleaning up the system:

    HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=140920

    and http://lifehacker.com/5817282/what-k...on-my-linux-pc

    Now, before I follow your advice regarding moving /home to a separate partition I wanted to hear what you think about the BIOS thing.

    Also, what about the issue about not being able to install grub-pc? will moving /home solve this?

    Thank you!

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Do you have LBA or large for large block allocation. IDE is for the very old systems. Actually IDE was back when we had to manually set CHS, cylinders, heads, sectors which is all automatic now. But IDE is for compatibility with old drives. What other options does BIOS offer?
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    @ipeurtt: I'd recommend you follow Fred's advice to shrink your sda1 partition from 500GB to 100GB. You can do it via the Gparted tool.

    Of course, you first need to backup your documents (onto DVDs or USB disk), and remove some files (movies, music...) from the sda1 partition.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    My PC is at least 6 years old...

    I don't see an option for LBA on my BIOS. I'm attaching a few pictures of the BIOS config...let me know if you want to see another menu I didn't include.

    Thanks again.
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Yann, let me start working on those backups...thanks!

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Quote Originally Posted by ipeurtt View Post
    My PC is at least 6 years old...

    I don't see an option for LBA on my BIOS. I'm attaching a few pictures of the BIOS config...let me know if you want to see another menu I didn't include.

    Thanks again.
    You can add/remove the LBA flag to/from the partition using gparted (when booted from another drive). It is added like the boot flag. You can have several flags on a partition.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Thank you guys, for all the help and feedback.

    @oldfred I'm going through each one of those links cleaning up stuff. This is very helpful.

    I had to order an external hard drive to back up all my data, so I'll post again when I'm done with that...most likely in a week or so.

    Thanks again

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Hi MashUseLinux,

    I think YannBuntu knows better how you should repair your system, but I can answer about the Clonezilla image.

    If you have made an image (and not cloned the drive), the image should reside in the target drive, your external drive. There is a directory named with the current date and hour and in that directory there are several files, small files describing the system, that was backed up and a number of 2 GB files containing the image. The number of 2 GB files depends on the amount of data in the partition(s) that were imaged.

    Nothing should be overwritten, so your external drive should contain whatever was there before the Clonezilla job plus the image made by Clonezilla. If there is no working installed system in your computer, you can access that drive from a live system booted from a CD/DVD/USB drive, for example your Clonezilla boot drive or an Ubuntu desktop install drive.
    Thank you @sudodus for your response..
    when i mounted the partition manually it shows as
    [IMG][/IMG]
    how to find my old files?

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