View Full Version : [ubuntu] Serious problem

January 26th, 2009, 09:37 AM
MY "SMARTY PANTS FRIEND" was trying to fix some broken dependencies on my ubuntu hardy heron and ended up i guess deleting importan packages or something that has corrupted my whole computer,,i cant go to the desktop anymore,,everything is messed up,,all i care about is RECOVERING my DATA if possible,,after that i want a full clean install of ubuntu,,what could i possible do??? i just want to back up all the files,,is that still possible???? i dont think there gone,,its just completely impossible to acces them...HELP HELP HELP PLEASSSEEEEE:(

January 26th, 2009, 09:44 AM
Your files are not gone (unless they have purposely been deleted. Removing packages wont remove their files unless the --purge setting is included). You can boot up from the Ubuntu Desktop install CD and have access to your hard drive. Just browse to where your files are and copy them over to external storage.

January 26th, 2009, 09:45 AM
Yes, don't do anything to the drive that has your files on them. Boot up into the Ubuntu Live CD and you should be able to access the drive. Backup everything you want to keep and you should be fine.

January 26th, 2009, 09:51 AM
oh ok thank you very much i hope this works

January 26th, 2009, 10:06 AM
ok i put in this cd i have that says ubunut 64 bit install,is that the same as the ubunut live one?? it gives me some options to isntall all this stuff,,but none say to boot off the disc? if so where an i get ubuntu live disc or whatver

clive littlewood
January 26th, 2009, 10:15 AM

The disc you have is the live CD

You need to insert the disc before you boot your PC.

Make sure that the Bios is set to "boot from CD" in the boot list.

To access the boot list on initial switch on press the appropriate key, usually esc or F1 it will tell you which key to press.

Hope this helps


January 26th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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January 28th, 2009, 12:58 AM
i keep on trying usign that cd,,but it taktes me to another screen,with on sign of letting me jsut boot ubunut of the disc, eveyrthing else is isntalling in difernt modes,text mode OEM? mode or somting,,all kinds of stuff,,but nothing to boot it of the disc,,the closest one is boot of first hard disk... help should i downlaod another one?

January 28th, 2009, 01:10 AM
This page: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download has the download links for the LiveCD.

January 28th, 2009, 01:13 AM
It looks like you have the alt install disk. That is not going to work you better not do anything with it. Make sure you get the LIVE DISK for your machine. It will offer you the option to try Ubuntu without changing your computer. When you get booted on that disk you can come back to the forum to ask how to get your files off of the hard drive.

January 28th, 2009, 01:18 AM
thank you i will try this i hope nothign got messed up

January 28th, 2009, 01:33 AM
You could also try starting in recovery mode and reinstalling your desktop. At the grub menu chose recovery mode anf at the menu select drop to root prompt using the arrow keys. Once at the prompt type:

dhclietn eth0

to start networking if you have a wired internet connection, use wlan0 if you connect wirelessly. Next at the prompt type:

apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

the above command should install all the files needed to get back to your desktop. Once the files have been downloaded and installed at the prompt type:


with some luck, you should boot to your desk top.


January 28th, 2009, 02:09 AM
ok i finally got into ubunut through the disc,,now i want to back up some files,,ive noticed some wont let me becausde of a user restriciton,,what do i do,,i need to save asll thse files and want to isntall a fresh copy of ubuntu

January 28th, 2009, 02:34 AM
hi when i prompt down to longing in as root,,it asks me for a maintenance passowrd,,waht do i do??

January 28th, 2009, 02:40 AM
hi when i go to the root prompt it says i need a password? or press control d,but it prompts me back to the screen before? what do i do

January 28th, 2009, 03:13 AM
Have you tried entering your password?

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January 28th, 2009, 04:43 AM
and it doesnt do anything it doesnt seem to work,,it prompts me back to the screen before it? what do i put instead,,