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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson_Tider View Post
    It really would be nice if I could access the files on any USB drive. But for some reason I am unable to mount any of the three. I ran lshw -class disk, and it showed all of them. One of them is sdc, so I did

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    mkdir /mnt/usbdrive0
    mount /dev/sdc /mnt/usbdrive0 -t devtmpfs
    After that, I did

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    ls /media
    And got

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    External Hard Drive
    But I don't even have an external hard drive connected, and it still isn't showing the USB drive there.

    I'm very much a newbie, but that seems really strange to me. Why am I unable to mount and access my USB drive?
    With the above commands, you mounted it to /mnt. so you should ls /mnt instead of /media.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by sanderd17 View Post
    With the above commands, you mounted it to /mnt. so you should ls /mnt instead of /media.
    I did that also, and it gave me a huge list of files or directories that included sda, sda1, sda2, etc., tty10, tty11, tty12, etc., cdrom, cdrw, and a bunch of other things. Certainly not the contents of my SD card or USB drive.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson_Tider View Post
    I did that also, and it gave me a huge list of files or directories that included sda, sda1, sda2, etc., tty10, tty11, tty12, etc., cdrom, cdrw, and a bunch of other things. Certainly not the contents of my SD card or USB drive.
    That should be the content of /dev.

    Can you do the following commands, and give me the output of the entire terminal session?

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    ls /dev
    sudo mkdir /media/usbdisk
    sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usbdisk
    ls /media/usbdisk

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by sanderd17 View Post
    That should be the content of /dev.

    Can you do the following commands, and give me the output of the entire terminal session?

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    ls /dev
    sudo mkdir /media/usbdisk
    sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usbdisk
    ls /media/usbdisk
    I'm in a hurry to get to work, so I don't have enough time to post everything, but that finally gave me the contents of my USB drive. I may be able to handle it from here, because now I can reinstall my video driver.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Ok, great to hear that.

    Sorry it took so long, but it's just like we missed each other post after post.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Well, I was wrong; I'm not able to reinstall the video driver yet. After I uninstalled the old driver, I tried to install the new one. It told me the new one was an x86, whereas I have the 64-bit Oneiric installed. So that file was one I had downloaded a couple of months ago and it is the wrong one. So I switched over to my Windows machine and downloaded the 64-bit driver to both my USB drive and my SD card. When I tried to mount each of those on the Ubuntu computer, I got an error saying that I needed to specify the filesystem type. I did the mount command again with the filesystem type, msdos, and it told me that I have a bad superblock on both drives. I am quite certain this is not true because the USB drive is totally new. Someone palease help me fix this drive issue, and I really think I can take it from there.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    I just thought of something. Is there any way to download the driver from the NVIDIA website using the console commands? I've never done that before, and I don't know how.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson_Tider View Post
    I just thought of something. Is there any way to download the driver from the NVIDIA website using the console commands? I've never done that before, and I don't know how.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Bi...erHowto/Nvidia
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=57368
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/nvidia

    Check those and see if any one could help you out...Goodluck.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson_Tider View Post
    I just thought of something. Is there any way to download the driver from the NVIDIA website using the console commands? I've never done that before, and I don't know how.
    you can download a file with wget

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    Talking Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by sanderd17 View Post
    you can download a file with wget
    I tried wget and finally--something worked the way it should!

    The real source of most of my trouble in this was the continued failure of my USB drive and SD card. I may have to start another thread to find the problem with those if I can't find some good advice elsewhere in the forums.

    Thanks guys!

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