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    Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    Well I seemed to have corrupted linux so badly. I can no longer log in. No colors its really bad. All I did was try to get rid of the original problem. PulseAudio. So is there anyway to recover my linux. I really don't want to lose everything and try to remember all of the applications I had installed. Is there something I could do with a live cd or is the a recovery disc? All I need is something to reinstall the basic files. I believe centered on Audio and Display

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    Can you start in recovery mode?
    Then drop to root shell and reinstall the package ubuntu-desktop:

    Code:
    apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    You will need to reinstall, but if you use the live cd to copy your installed file /var/cache/apt/archives to an external USB drive , it will help you install whatever you had installed .......... you can also copy your /home folder ...

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    Quote Originally Posted by realzippy View Post
    Can you start in recovery mode?
    Then drop to root shell and reinstall the package ubuntu-desktop:

    Code:
    apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    Thanks that worked but my drivers still seem to be screwy so I think I may do a complete reinstall but save the things I have downloaded like the other post says.

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    Ok well I can't seem to install into the partition. It just doesn't work. Everything I try just keeps telling me root file system not selected. So any help with that?

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    When you go to install, pick the partition and set it as " / " ......... that sets it as root.

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    Quote Originally Posted by kmccmk9 View Post
    Ok well I can't seem to install into the partition. It just doesn't work. Everything I try just keeps telling me root file system not selected. So any help with that?
    Are you in the process of reinstalling? If so, I assume you chose to manually partition your drive; in which case you need to select a partition to be used as the "/" (or root) of the Ubuntu installation. To do this, just double click on the existing (broken) Ubuntu partition, and change the "Use as" field to "/". (You'll have to forgive me if the labels are different, it's been a while since I last used the Ubuntu installer) You may also want to designate a swap partition, though that isn't necessary.
    http://xkcd.com/293/
    There are 10 kinds of people in this world: Those who understand ternary, those who don't, and those who confuse it with binary.

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    When you go to install, pick the partition and set it as " / " ......... that sets it as root.
    It should be working by default !! inst it ?
    For Ubuntu basics :-> www.linoob.com

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    should I format the partition? It game me a warning before it did it so I haven't done anything yet.

    "The file system on /dev/sdb5 assigned to / has not been marked for formatting. Directories containing system files (/etc, /lib, /usr, /lib ...) that already exist under and defined mountpoint will be deleted during install."

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    Re: Big problem, Linux is officially corrupted

    It's up to you. Making the partition for formatting is less likely to cause problems than not marking it for formatting, but the risk is negligible either way. If you don't mark it, then there's a chance that your /home folder contents will still be there after the installation.
    http://xkcd.com/293/
    There are 10 kinds of people in this world: Those who understand ternary, those who don't, and those who confuse it with binary.

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