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Tutorial about information gathering and the most important commands

Posted 01-11-2013 at 04:32 AM by error_401
Updated 02-08-2013 at 01:36 AM by error_401

Have you been in this situation?

You have finally installed your first linux and have a problem. Now everybody wants to know what you have installed in order to answer your question. But how to get there?

Little tutorial about gathering information on a linux system.

First know the difference between a normal user and "root". Root is the administrator. You are not normally logging on as root but if it is your own computer you may do so at your...
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Data recovery from CD-ROM with Debian 6 Squeeze - ddrescue

Posted 12-12-2012 at 10:00 AM by error_401
Updated 01-14-2013 at 07:27 AM by error_401

I happen to have a huge amount of pictures but they are stored on CD-ROM's which over time start to loose data. Some after 3 years some are still readable after 12 years.

Nevertheless I want to recover as much data as possible and store it on my NAS. Now the task is not so straightforward as expected. Again the sheer mass of information sometimes hides the most obvious, or what is obvious to me was not to the developers or editors of tutorials.

The tasks are
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Major disk trouble DRDY ERR and UNC error

Posted 11-07-2012 at 10:08 AM by error_401

Just happened:

Got a nasty error on my laptop running Debian Squeeze. Unable to boot further than initramfs with errors preventing the file system from mounting.

Nasty bugger. Seems to be a bad sector on my HDD. Causes several attempts to read and finally fails with
DRDY ERR and subsequent UNC error triggering the errors:
unable to mount rootfs etc.

Now trying with the installer CD-ROM in recovery mode. A bit nasty as I have unsaved data...
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Silly problem - KDE 4 locks system upon login

Posted 07-09-2012 at 09:41 AM by error_401

Well finding out abut how to convert your videos yesterday and today had me investigate into a weird problem for a couple hours.

Converting a lot of videos took a huge lot of disk space ending up in filling my HDD.

Then I was unable to log into the GUI via the KDE logon screen. When I did first it re-showed the logon screen and on the second attempt crashed. Not even able to open a console.

Took me a while to figure that one out and only...
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ACER Aspire One A150 running dual boot Linux and WIN XP now

Posted 06-19-2012 at 10:47 AM by error_401
Updated 06-24-2012 at 04:28 AM by error_401 (New Information)

Had some time to fiddle with my netbook lately.

As I use it only for work abroad to connect to the internet and listen to music it was not a priority to change the OS on that one too. And sometimes it comes in handy to have a native Windows System running somewhere.

So I decided on setting up LINUX Debian 6.0 Squeeze to dual boot with Windows XP SP3.

First I had to generate a bootable USB stick following the instructions given in the tutorial....
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