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Can a Linux Live disc be used to recover data from broken OS?


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#1 Habesque

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 03:48 PM

Basically that, can I use a Live disc to recover files from a broken operating system and if so, how ?

 

Also can a Live disc be used to repair or replace a part of the operating system, in my case the grub menu and if so how ?

 

For if my Linux can't be repaired, once I  have the data off the machine I do intend to reformat the lot and just have Linux as opposed to the dual boot that never worked for me.



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Posted 30 May 2015 - 03:56 PM

See the following guide:

Linux to the rescue! How Ubuntu can help a computer in distress


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 12:33 AM

I'm guessing you should probably give more info if you want some help.  Like, do you know for sure if your windows install is broken? or is it that your grub is just broken.  I don't know much about it but will leave some links that you can easily research with a quick search.

 

I would keep the windows and dual boot if your HDD is large enough.  This way you got the best of both worlds to work with.  If I remember right you have W7 on there? that is a good OS.  A dual boot should work fine once setup properly.

 

What linux OS and version do you have on there? + HDD size.

 

Might be time to reinstall a new linux OS, and, that alone might fix this but I would not know for sure.  And you might be able to just format the / root partition and keep your files on there.  You will loose all the programs and such installed to the os but your personal files will/should be there.  Back it all up though before you do anything.  Copy paste anything you want to usb from live USB.

 

https://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair-cd/home/Home/

 

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Troubleshooting


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 12:49 AM

 

Basically that, can I use a Live disc to recover files from a broken operating system and if so, how ?

See the link Budapest posted.

 

 

in my case the grub menu and if so how ?

How to Repair, Restore, or Reinstall Grub 2 with a Ubuntu ...

 

 

For if my Linux can't be repaired,

What sort of Linux? Linux can be repaired, However sometimes it is just easier to back up your important files and reinstall.



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 04:38 PM

Linux Mint Rebecca XFCE I can't access it as it doesn't get any further than the grub. It did , it was working okay for weeks until one day the OS failed to recognise my password and locked me out. Thereafter it got as far as the grub and no further and in the grub it's a locked screen nothing can be selected and it just sits there loading nothing.

 

My idea and so my question was can I use a live disc to recover the information in the installed Rebecca XFCE as I am of a mind now to just scrub the lot and install Linux only.

 

I have been using that machine an old HP G3001 Pavillion with 4gb Ram on various live discs since it stuffed up.

 

This thing ;

 

http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-g3000-Desktop-PC-series/3433068/model/3549027/document/c01138835/

 

Of which is my primary every day general purpose computer.


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:25 PM

1. @habesque:  "My idea and so my question was can I use a live disc to recover the information in the installed Rebecca XFCE as I am of a mind now to just scrub the lot and install Linux only."   I thought we answered this, yes.  Just copy them to a usb, and you can do the same with the info on the windows side. Just go into File Manager from LiveDVD > Devices to the left > and choose your Windows install and maneuver to your desired files! awesome huh.  

 

2. Also, those specs are for the standard box, it says max RAM 2gb, and you are saying that you have 4gb?  Why don't you go to this post from cat1092 and learn how to use speccy, scroll down till you see the tutorial.  The company is piriform.  You will learn a lot from having this around, I did.  Depending on what you got there you might want to install something much better than xfce! and, perhaps a 64bit system? we don't know yet.

NOTE:  I'm sorry you said Windows is not working we cannot use speccy with linux.  But still that is good software to use if you still have windows on another pc and perhaps can be used in a Virtual Box to do the same.  

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/563290/best-drop-in-linux-alternative-to-xp-for-old-hardware/page-10#entry3722303

 

 

Do this in terminal when you are booted from LiveDVD without quotes "sudo lshw" or just lshw.  Or look up the system info in the Menu, I forget what it is called in xfce.  In terminal you can copy paste but the info is much more spread out.  If you know what you are looking for no problem but if you don't it might be easier to use the Menu and find the system info app.

You might be able to install Hardinfo from Software manager temporarily.

 

2. I/we all can't remember all the details on your pc from other posts, so you should start from the beginning I think if you want to fix it.  Seeing you want to just wipe the drive and put Mint on there let's get your info and get a good OS on there.

     a. Like if you checked the md5sum before you installed?

Some members here give me a hard time for doing this, lol jab jab, but I had two bad downloads just last week on a good connection.  This will corrupt the iso download, and therefore your installed os will  be damaged.

    

     b. Did you activate the firewall and did you update and upgrade the OS after linux install?

 

3. You can also check the DVD Integrity upon boot if you want to use the same DVD to make sure that it is good.  

    a. Boot the DVD and during countdown press Tab, then select Integrity check.


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 12:14 PM

1. @habesque:  "My idea and so my question was can I use a live disc to recover the information in the installed Rebecca XFCE as I am of a mind now to just scrub the lot and install Linux only."   I thought we answered this, yes.  Just copy them to a usb, and you can do the same with the info on the windows side. Just go into File Manager from LiveDVD > Devices to the left > and choose your Windows install and maneuver to your desired files! awesome huh.  

 

2. Also, those specs are for the standard box, it says max RAM 2gb, and you are saying that you have 4gb?  Why don't you go to this post from cat1092 and learn how to use speccy, scroll down till you see the tutorial.  The company is piriform.  You will learn a lot from having this around, I did.  Depending on what you got there you might want to install something much better than xfce! and, perhaps a 64bit system? we don't know yet.

NOTE:  I'm sorry you said Windows is not working we cannot use speccy with linux.  But still that is good software to use if you still have windows on another pc and perhaps can be used in a Virtual Box to do the same.  

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/563290/best-drop-in-linux-alternative-to-xp-for-old-hardware/page-10#entry3722303

 

 

Do this in terminal when you are booted from LiveDVD without quotes "" or just lshw.  Or look up the system info in the Menu, I forget what it is called in xfce.  In terminal you can copy paste but the info is much more spread out.  If you know what you are looking for no problem but if you don't it might be easier to use the Menu and find the system info app.

You might be able to install Hardinfo from Software manager temporarily.

 

2. I/we all can't remember all the details on your pc from other posts, so you should start from the beginning I think if you want to fix it.  Seeing you want to just wipe the drive and put Mint on there let's get your info and get a good OS on there.

     a. Like if you checked the md5sum before you installed?

Some members here give me a hard time for doing this, lol jab jab, but I had two bad downloads just last week on a good connection.  This will corrupt the iso download, and therefore your installed os will  be damaged.

    

     b. Did you activate the firewall and did you update and upgrade the OS after linux install?

 

3. You can also check the DVD Integrity upon boot if you want to use the same DVD to make sure that it is good.  

    a. Boot the DVD and during countdown press Tab, then select Integrity check.

 

1.  One of the media files is locked ( X in the bottom corner, where it being sensitive, I put a password on it) I can't get into that one.

 

2. I remember the Speccy I ran in Win 7 when it worked it detected the Ram although I know from elsewhere, the motherboard is limiting the speed it operates at, I did mean to take it out and just put 2 gb in but the machine was working so I left it in there.

 

 I can't access windows at all on the HP , as as I said the grub didn't work in Petra and now  it doesn't work in Rebecca either

 

As to the md5 I always check that before wasting time burning it to disc and yes activated the firewall and responded to the software updates when they turned up.

 

But I will get another usb drive tommorrow and back up what I can



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Posted 02 June 2015 - 12:15 PM

But the Info from the sudo lshw ;

 

mint@mint ~ $ sudo lshw
mint                      
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    product: GQ428AA-ABU g3001.uk (GQ428AA#ABU)
    vendor: HP-Pavilion
    serial: CNX73119T7
    width: 32 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.5 dmi-2.5 smp-1.4 smp
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop cpus=2 family=103C_53316J sku=GQ428AA#ABU uuid=383A13DA-0C42-DC11-8EE9-B939895FDD53
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: Lucknow
       vendor: Foxconn
       physical id: 0
       version: 1.0
       serial: ULP873007318
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: v5.08
          date: 07/06/2007
          size: 64KiB
          capacity: 448KiB
          capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification netboot
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          vendor: Intel Corp.
          physical id: 4
          bus info: cpu@0
          version: 15.6.5
          serial: 0000-0F65-0000-0000-0000-0000
          slot: CPU 1
          size: 2400MHz
          capacity: 3GHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 200MHz
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          configuration: id=0
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             slot: L1-Cache
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             capacity: 32KiB
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             size: 4MiB
             capacity: 4MiB
             capabilities: internal write-back unified
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             description: Logical CPU
             physical id: 0.1
             width: 64 bits
             capabilities: logical
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             physical id: 0.2
             width: 64 bits
             capabilities: logical
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             product: BL25664AA106A.16FH
             vendor: 7F7F7F7F7F9BFFFF
             physical id: 0
             serial: SerNum0
             slot: DIMM0
             size: 2GiB
             width: 64 bits
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             product: BL25664AA106A.16FH
             vendor: 7F7F7F7F7F9BFFFF
             physical id: 1
             serial: SerNum1
             slot: DIMM1
             size: 2GiB
             width: 64 bits
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          physical id: 1
          bus info: cpu@1
          version: 15.6.5
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          capacity: 2400MHz
          capabilities: ht cpufreq
          configuration: id=0
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             description: Logical CPU
             physical id: 0.1
             capabilities: logical
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             description: Logical CPU
             physical id: 0.2
             capabilities: logical
     *-pci
          description: Host bridge
          product: 82945G/GZ/P/PL Memory Controller Hub
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
          resources: irq:0
        *-display
             description: VGA compatible controller
             product: 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
             configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
             resources: irq:16 memory:ffa80000-ffafffff ioport:ec00(size=8) memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:ffa40000-ffa7ffff
        *-multimedia
             description: Audio device
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1b
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
             version: 01
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
             resources: irq:41 memory:ffa3c000-ffa3ffff
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:16 ioport:1000(size=4096) memory:b8000000-b81fffff ioport:b8200000(size=2097152)
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             description: PCI bridge
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:17 ioport:c000(size=4096) memory:ff800000-ff8fffff ioport:b8400000(size=2097152)
           *-network
                description: Ethernet interface
                product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
                vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
                logical name: eth0
                version: 01
                serial: 00:1c:25:25:ba:85
                size: 100Mbit/s
                capacity: 100Mbit/s
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
                configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full ip=192.168.1.4 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
                resources: irq:40 ioport:c800(size=256) memory:ff8ff000-ff8fffff memory:ff8c0000-ff8dffff
        *-usb:0
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:23 ioport:e000(size=32)
        *-usb:1
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:19 ioport:dc00(size=32)
        *-usb:2
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:18 ioport:d880(size=32)
        *-usb:3
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.3
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:16 ioport:d800(size=32)
        *-usb:4
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.7
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci-pci latency=0
             resources: irq:23 memory:ffa3bc00-ffa3bfff
        *-pci:2
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801 PCI Bridge
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1e
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
             version: e1
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
        *-isa
             description: ISA bridge
             product: 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=lpc_ich latency=0
             resources: irq:0
        *-ide:0
             description: IDE interface
             product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.1
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: ide bus_master
             configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
             resources: irq:18 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:ffa0(size=16)
        *-ide:1
             description: IDE interface
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [IDE mode]
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
             resources: irq:19 ioport:e880(size=8) ioport:e800(size=4) ioport:e480(size=8) ioport:e400(size=4) ioport:e080(size=16)
        *-serial UNCLAIMED
             description: SMBus
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
             version: 01
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: ioport:400(size=32)
     *-scsi:0
          physical id: 2
          logical name: scsi2
          capabilities: emulated
        *-disk
             description: ATA Disk
             product: ST3120213AS
             vendor: Seagate
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/sda
             version: 3.AH
             serial: 5LSFPZNQ
             size: 111GiB (120GB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=1549f232
           *-volume:0
                description: Windows NTFS volume
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sda1
                version: 3.1
                serial: 4e22-8e5a
                size: 98MiB
                capacity: 100MiB
                capabilities: primary bootable ntfs initialized
                configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2012-02-10 22:48:41 filesystem=ntfs label=System Reserved state=clean
           *-volume:1
                description: Windows NTFS volume
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sda2
                version: 3.1
                serial: a212625f-d02b-364c-a7bc-c4ac14aaa0eb
                size: 59GiB
                capacity: 59GiB
                capabilities: primary ntfs initialized
                configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2012-02-10 22:48:43 filesystem=ntfs modified_by_chkdsk=true mounted_on_nt4=true resize_log_file=true state=dirty upgrade_on_mount=true
           *-volume:2
                description: Extended partition
                physical id: 3
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,3
                logical name: /dev/sda3
                size: 52GiB
                capacity: 52GiB
                capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
              *-logicalvolume:0
                   description: Linux filesystem partition
                   physical id: 5
                   logical name: /dev/sda5
                   logical name: /media/mint/a0b5e09f-1238-4995-85f5-be968f7b3fa5
                   capacity: 31GiB
                   configuration: mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered state=mounted
              *-logicalvolume:1
                   description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                   physical id: 6
                   logical name: /dev/sda6
                   capacity: 2934MiB
                   capabilities: nofs
              *-logicalvolume:2
                   description: Linux filesystem partition
                   physical id: 7
                   logical name: /dev/sda7
                   logical name: /media/mint/6a27208c-2141-43d0-ac0f-aa8fc7146176
                   capacity: 17GiB
                   configuration: mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered state=mounted
     *-scsi:1
          physical id: 3
          logical name: scsi3
          capabilities: emulated
        *-cdrom
             description: DVD-RAM writer
             product: DVDRRW GSA-H30L
             vendor: HL-DT-ST
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/cdrom
             logical name: /dev/sr0
             logical name: /cdrom
             version: S856
             serial: [
             capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
             configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,noatime state=mounted status=ready
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                physical id: 0
                logical name: /dev/cdrom
                logical name: /cdrom
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Posted 02 June 2015 - 03:31 PM

That is great thanks.  Now the more knowledgeable will be able to come on and help put without asking all this to start.  It looks as though you have a 64bit dual core system and 4gb of RAM as you said.  So that means that you can run 64bit and make use of it, that is good.  No wireless it seems but you probably don't need that with desktop.

 

Also, if I am correct your / root partition is quite big at 30gb if I remember right, and home / was just 17gb, it should be the other way around for most.  That way you can store more personal files on the home side as it will be bigger.  Unless you plan on installing lot's of software you won't need 30gb for / root.  The swap is fine at 3gb and the layout is good, you must have did your homework. 

 

@Habesque:  2. I remember the Speccy I ran in Win 7 when it worked it detected the Ram although I know from elsewhere, the motherboard is limiting the speed it operates at, I did mean to take it out and just put 2 gb in but the machine was working so I left it in there.  

I'm not much of a computer guy so I can't tell you to a lot about ALL the technical stuff on that list.  I don't completely understand this comment though as I said above you have a pretty good system.  It's old and maybe limiting but it is 64bit dual core and 4gb of RAM, that's not bad.  Perhaps we will get another opinion from someone who knows more.

 

@Habesque:  As to the md5 I always check that before wasting time burning it to disc and yes activated the firewall and responded to the software updates when they turned up.  Excellent but, just so you know, you don't have to wait for updates to show up.  You just type sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade into terminal all at once and update everything before you start.

 

But I will get another usb drive tommorrow and back up what I can.  So you will be able to backup some windows stuff yes? if so that is good.

 

Now, be sure you want to ditch the Windows before we start, and, tell me/us what you would like to do now.  It's possible and likely that all is wrong is the grub won't boot windows or anything for that matter.  I'm not sure, but, it might also fix things if you just install another linux distro to those partitions and make sure to format them if you got all the info off of home /.  If it were me I would try to repair, and, I don't thing you have much to loose if you fail.  That's not to say don't be careful, as you could damage something.  Here is another article that might be interesting.  http://www.howtogeek.com/114884/how-to-repair-grub2-when-ubuntu-wont-boot/

 

Did you look at those grub recovery tools that I linked you to?  I don't know how to use them but someone here should.  If you want to go that route I will ask someone to help.  Otherwise you can just install your favorite linux distro pretty easily on an old pc like that. 

 

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 05:15 PM

Thank you pcpunk, I will get on with all this stuff after tomorrow when the stress has gone.

 

The HP Pavilion I understand was an ex business machine, hence the large root partition perhaps and whoever set it up wasn't me, but as said earlier I couldn't get any help online with the Win 7 problems due to it being on a Mak licence..... ex business machine. Where the win 7 problems were no sound mostly and there was something else but I forget what. Hence my move over to Linux where I started using live discs in September last year.

 

But a minor computer victory for myself today, I got an old white polycarbonate Macbook that was heading for the bin working again, all that was wrong was both Ram modules were screwed, I soon replaced them with twice what it had and the maximum the machine is capable of handling, but a 250 gb hard drive, I wonder if to dual boot that with Linux, mind I notice a Broadcom wireless card in that thing so perhaps familiar problems with the wifi.



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Posted 02 June 2015 - 06:31 PM

Whatever you want and are comfortable doing is fine with me.

 

I just learned a new Command Habesque, for getting a simple spec outcome, you may want to try it on both your machines, Copy Paste it onto a word doc, along with the out-come, so you have it around.  inxi -Fxz  cool stuff!  This will give you a more condensed spec outcome, the other is quite long.

 

Good score!  With that big HDD on the new mac I would definitely put some linux on there.  I'm guessing that the wireless is no problem.  I am pretty new to all this but we just did this with Sam so me thinks it is no problem.  I got a ton of links that will help if any problems LOL.

 

So you get sound with linux on t he HP? that is great!


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:07 PM

Habesque, Good news, I have been doing some research for you, and it seems that Cinnamon might/should run okay on that HP!  And that means that you could probably also run KDE which is what i am running and love it.  These might be a little heavy on the graphics card but it's worth a try.


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:15 PM

Well that's good news as I have now got all my data off the mess and it's ready for reformat and loading  Linux  only.

 

That is no dual boot this time as I don't need Win 7 anymore given I now have the Mac, where that rather large hard drive has all my old imaging software on it

 

mint@mint ~ $ inxi fxz
CPU~Dual core Intel Pentium D CPU (-MCP-) clocked at Min:2400.000Mhz Max:3000.000Mhz Kernel~3.13.0-37-generic i686 Up~4:40 Mem~793.8/2894.9MB HDD~120.0GB(55.1% used) Procs~184 Client~Shell inxi~1.8.4



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:55 PM

You should have copy pasted, that was the wrong command, it is inxi -Fxz

Space after the "i" > a dash > and a capital "F"

You will get a beautiful outcome LOL


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Posted 04 June 2015 - 07:55 AM

Righto

 

ersion: v5.08 date: 07/06/2007
CPU:       Dual core Intel Pentium D CPU (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3) bmips: 11969.7
           Clock Speeds: 1: 2400.00 MHz 2: 2400.00 MHz

Graphics:  Card: Intel 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1360x768@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945G x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes

Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-37-generic

Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: c800 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>

Drives:    HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (55.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST3120213AS size: 120.0GB temp: 37C
Partition: ID: / size: 1.5G used: 1.5G (100%) fs: overlayfs
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info:      Processes: 179 Uptime: 17:20 Memory: 834.5/2894.9MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
mint@mint ~ $
 

 

And yeah, Rebecca KDE is quite nice, I have it downloaded verified and burned to disc.


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