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    GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    Iím on a Dell XPS M1530 running Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit and I canít boot into my GUI (and my non-GUI is so pixelated I canít tell what is going on). I had issues with the plymouth bootsplash here: http://ubuntu-virginia.ubuntuforums.....php?t=1535010 but Iíve got some additional issues now.

    I lost some files and used the program scalpel (http://www.digitalforensicssolutions.com/Scalpel/) to try and recover them. This started a rather long process of drive scanning and ultimately created a new folder on my desktop that housed all of these files... until I ran out of disk space! So I stopped the process and tried to remove some programs and other files - which did not work (my xauth [i think] wouldnít allow me to get into synaptic).

    So I rebooted the computer and had this message: ďThe configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been installed correctly. Please contact your computer administrator.Ē (I found info about that here: http://www.digitalforensicssolutions.com/Scalpel/) But I return to the problem of not being able to see my non-GUI because it is configured incorrectly. So, I booted into a live environment and cleared off some space. After I tried to reboot via the harddisk I was still unable to boot graphically. However, I was able to boot into a GUI for root. This is everything I know at the moment.

    So... does anyone know how I can repair my ability to boot into a GUI (and use my own username instead of root)? Iíd also like to repair my non-GUI so that I could see the CL in order to fix problems in the future a little better. Iím also open to any other suggestions or assistance and can provide additional information if it would be helpful.

    Really appreciate any help you can provide.

    KYLE

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    Thats a lot of problems!

    Okay first boot super-safe:


    ================================================== ========
    STEP 1:
    -choose recovery mode at grub

    STEP 2:
    -drop to a root prompt

    STEP 3:
    -type:
    Code:
    telinit 3
    and login

    STEP 4:
    -then type:
    Code:
     xinit
    STEP 5:
    -when xinit starts type:
    Code:
    metacity &
    - for ubuntu OR:
    Code:
    compiz &
    - if you have it OR flux/openbox & - if you have it OR:
    Code:
    fvwm4 &
    - for xubuntu

    STEP 6:
    -then type:
    Code:
     gnome-panel &
    -for ubuntu OR:
    Code:
     xfce4-panel &
    -for xubuntu

    STEP 7:
    -lastly type:
    Code:
     
    nm-applet &
    -for networking
    ================================================== ========


    make sure synaptic isn't broken:

    Code:
     
    sudo apt-get -f || echo "ERROR 0"
     sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/* || echo "ERROR 1: no partial packages - harmless error"
     sudo rm /var/cache/apt/*.bin || echo "ERROR 2"
     sudo apt-get clean || echo "ERROR 3"
     sudo apt-get autoclean || echo "ERROR 4"
     sudo apt-get autoremove || echo "ERROR 5"
     sudo apt-get update || echo "ERROR 6"
     sudo apt-get --fix-broken upgrade || echo "ERROR 7"
    then repair the desktop:

    Code:
     sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop && sudo apt-get clean && sudo apt-get -f
    Last edited by linux18; July 28th, 2010 at 04:36 AM.
    if you need a fast live cd for testing or anything really:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...70#post9715370
    boots live in just 82MB of ram, no swap!

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    Bless you!

    One correction: Step 6 is "gnome-panel &" with the hyphen.

    I'm back booting but the bootsplash and the CL-mode (ctrl+alt+f2) is still unreadable. Is there a way to fix that?

    (one warning so far - I lost my firefox profiles ... any chance they're hidden somewhere?)

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    I always forget the "-" between gnome and panel
    Could you post a pic of what it looks like when its all unreadable?
    FF profile should be in ~/.mozilla/firefox/something-in-this-area
    can you boot without going into recovery mode now?
    are you using proprietary drivers?
    Last edited by linux18; July 28th, 2010 at 04:34 AM.
    if you need a fast live cd for testing or anything really:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...70#post9715370
    boots live in just 82MB of ram, no swap!

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    Bootsplash:
    bootsplash.jpg

    CLI:
    IMG_9294.jpg

    Perhaps my openoffice presentation weirdness might help as well (I'd also really like to get this fixed ... it happens when I "view slideshow"):
    ooweird.jpg

    Firefox profiles seem to be gone... I've been (mostly) backing up my main profiles with firefox sync so that will be fine.

    Yes, I can boot without going into recovery mode now.

    Thanks so much for getting my computer working again. It's all icing on the cake from here on out.

    As for proprietary drivers (Grrrr!) I am using two:
    Broadcom STA wireless driver
    NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current)

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    ok, I haven't had these kinds of errors but I believe this will work:

    Code:
     sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current && sudo apt-get clean && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    then press ctrl+alt+f2 and type:

    Code:
     sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop && sudo nvidia-xconfig && sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    if you need a fast live cd for testing or anything really:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...70#post9715370
    boots live in just 82MB of ram, no swap!

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    Ran all of this and everything seems to be the same (sadly). CLI, Bootsplash, and openoffice.

    Any other thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    I'm Bumping the thread while I think.
    if you need a fast live cd for testing or anything really:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...70#post9715370
    boots live in just 82MB of ram, no swap!

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    I opened it up over here as well: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...issues-823857/

    Thanks everyone!

    KYLE

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    Re: GUI problems, CL Resolution Issues, Full Disks and Lost Files

    Giving this thread a little bump --- see the link to linuxquestions above for a complete rehash of what I found out elsewhere (though the problem is still unresolved). It was suggested I get distro specific at this point --- and thus I return. Any additional help appreciated! Thanks! KYLE

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