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Old 04-26-2005, 10:00 PM   #1
fredmt
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Question Rescue using Live CD


I messed up my FC3 installation trying to install nVidia FX Video card: totaly! Is it possible to recover some files from the /home directory before doing a clean install?
The computer wouldn't even boot at -init 3- level. The FC rescue CD hangs and all attempts at using the regular FC CD's have failed. I am looking at the system using Knoppix Live CD. I can see the /home directory but I cannot open it: permission denied and all that good stuff.

Question(s): What are the symbolic links of getting to my /home directory?
Can I open my /home directory and copy out the files that I need?
If I cannot do these things, can anyone suggest a way of me recovering FC3 without destroying said /home folder?
And: Is there a distro, other than FC3 where installing nVidia cards is less difficult?

Thanks...
 
Old 04-26-2005, 10:13 PM   #2
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To get access with a Knoppix Live CD go to the "Knoppix" submenu, open the root shell, type "passwd", enter a password, verify it, and you can Login as root and do your file access and copying. I just used Knoppix to rescue a totally DOA Win Xp machine and a dead 98SE machine. There is a good Knoppix howto at http://www.shockfamily.ne/cedric/knoppix/ it gives more details on how to access dead machines. It kind of leans towards MS but you can get the idea. Good Luck, it worked great for me.
 
  


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