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Old 09-10-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
rkliever
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Exclamation Help, can't install Ubuntu or Debian on my laptop!


I am unable to load an operating system and can only use "mini-Linux" from memory.

I don't know that much about computers or programming but have seen a secret partition on my hard drive and also loop0 and loop1.

I'm not sure what command I did to find this but it said there was several virtual modules currently running.

The only thing I am interested in is getting rid of whatever has been loaded onto my system - MY NEW LAPTOP! It's a HP Pavilion dv6.

Any and all help would be appreciated!
 
Old 09-10-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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My best guess would be that your computer can't find an installed operating system, that's why it's not booting up. Without access to the machine it's hard to tell if there's nothing installed or something installed just broken. The "mini-linux" is to run a browser and mail client without the need to boot the full-blown operating system. I don't like those functions which are appearing on more and more modern laptops, but they may have their use.
The secret partiton will most likely be the rescue partiton. Have a read in the manual of the laptop, start the HP rescus tools and reset the whole lot to factory defaults. It the laptop came originally with some Windows installed you should gain it back using the rescue system.
 
Old 09-10-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
rkliever
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results of netstat are:

He's been studying hacking for several years....

Code:
root@PartedMagic:/# netstat
Active Internet connections (w/o servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46838     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:39389     googlemail.l.google.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:35996     server-205-251-253-147.ind6.r.cloudfront.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:33223     a23-15-7-105.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46836     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:51730     ord08s08-in-f27.1e100.net:http TIME_WAIT   
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46835     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:50380     ord08s08-in-f0.1e100.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:36088     community.ca.dc.openx.org:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46841     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46846     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:35822     216.156.147.10.ptr.us.xo.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 localhost:sunrpc        localhost:1022          ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:36076     java-tips.org:http      CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:41953     pagead.l.doubleclick.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:57991     www.linuxquestions.org:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:34892     ob-in-f99.1e100.net:https TIME_WAIT   
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:50379     ord08s08-in-f0.1e100.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46832     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46829     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:59989     a23-15-7-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:41952     pagead.l.doubleclick.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:34920     ob-in-f99.1e100.net:https TIME_WAIT   
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:52319     evsecure-ocsp.verisign.com:http TIME_WAIT   
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:36099     java-tips.org:http      CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:34844     a23-15-7-178.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:36100     java-tips.org:http      CLOSING     
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:57873     www.linuxquestions.org:http CLOSING     
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:37755     map-e.pipelane.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:60089     a23-15-7-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46833     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46830     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:38246     205.216.12.17:http      ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:39388     googlemail.l.google.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46840     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:51682     ord08s08-in-f27.1e100.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:37666     a.tribalfusion.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:36318     community.ca.dc.openx.org:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46843     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:36095     java-tips.org:http      CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:34668     cny.about.com:http      TIME_WAIT   
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:41954     pagead.l.doubleclick.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:43574     ord08s08-in-f2.1e100.net:https ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:38816     googleads.g.doubleclick.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:38670     ace2-adcom-ntc-alien.evip.aol.com:http TIME_WAIT   
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:49978     a184-28-49-231.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:34919     ob-in-f99.1e100.net:https TIME_WAIT   
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46842     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:42720     209.170.117.11:http     ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:36779     ord08s08-in-f13.1e100.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:50251     sockets.ny.stackexchange.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46850     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:59212     ob-in-f99.1e100.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46845     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:48751     a23-15-7-136.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:40650     69.31.74.80:http        ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:33384     a72-246-200-46.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http TIME_WAIT   
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46848     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      1 192.168.2.104:36082     java-tips.org:http      LAST_ACK    
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:34845     a23-15-7-178.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:56764     a23-15-7-129.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http TIME_WAIT   
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:42817     www-slb-11-08-prn1.facebook.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46834     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:57990     www.linuxquestions.org:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:36098     java-tips.org:http      CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:59988     a23-15-7-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:52713     208.71.123.86:http      TIME_WAIT   
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:39091     googleads.g.doubleclick.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:43626     e4000.g.akamaiedge.net:http ESTABLISHED 
tcp        1      1 192.168.2.104:46839     64.124.194.46.available.above.net:http CLOSING     
tcp        0      0 192.168.2.104:39093     googleads.g.doubleclick.net:http ESTABLISHED 
Active UNIX domain sockets (w/o servers)
Proto RefCnt Flags       Type       State         I-Node Path
unix  14     [ ]         DGRAM                     10845 /dev/log
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     11346 @/org/kernel/udev/udevd
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     19495 @/org/freedesktop/hal/udev_event
unix  2      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      50415 /tmp/.lxterminal-socket:0-root
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     27913 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     31316 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19920 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19919 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21141 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19367 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21058 /tmp/orbit-root/linc-1192-0-7c4a940bb22f4
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19889 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19888 /tmp/orbit-root/linc-11b0-0-c510389ffbc
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21055 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21052 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19887 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21049 @/tmp/dbus-2pJ0ORnAU7
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19364 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21044 @/tmp/dbus-2pJ0ORnAU7
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19884 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21738 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21737 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21009 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17668 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20857 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20856 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21698 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21697 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20855 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      22929 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20762 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21691 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19731 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19335 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21589 /tmp/.menu-cached-:0-root
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20737 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19728 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      12108 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21584 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      14640 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21583 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      12105 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20727 @/tmp/.X11-unix/X0
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19724 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20633 /var/run/acpid.socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      21576 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     20591 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20581 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19615 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19603 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19602 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19583 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17329 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     19580 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     17305 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     18496 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17565 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      15502 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20500 /var/run/acpid.socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      20499 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19517 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17286 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17563 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      12000 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19516 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      11999 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19515 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      18486 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19513 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17260 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17561 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      11990 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19512 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      18485 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19510 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      11988 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19507 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      11986 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19506 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      18482 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      19504 @/var/run/hald/dbus-pFEY2Abo4j
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      11977 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      14307 @/var/run/hald/dbus-6lFSxuCLte
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      17084 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      14602 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      18479 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      18475 
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED      18474 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     18471 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     18450 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     18438 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     11252 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     11354 
unix  3      [ ]         DGRAM                     11351 
unix  3      [ ]         DGRAM                     11350 
unix  2      [ ]         DGRAM                     10847

Last edited by colucix; 09-11-2012 at 02:03 PM. Reason: Added CODE tags to improve readability
 
Old 09-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #4
rkliever
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Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 16

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Results of ps x

Code:
root@PartedMagic:/# ps x
  PID TTY      STAT   TIME COMMAND
    1 ?        Ss     0:01 init      
    2 ?        S      0:00 [kthreadd]
    3 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/0]
    6 ?        S      0:00 [migration/0]
    7 ?        S      0:00 [migration/1]
    9 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/1]
   11 ?        S      0:00 [migration/2]
   13 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/2]
   14 ?        S      0:00 [migration/3]
   16 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/3]
   17 ?        S      0:00 [migration/4]
   19 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/4]
   20 ?        S      0:00 [migration/5]
   22 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/5]
   23 ?        S      0:00 [migration/6]
   25 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/6]
   26 ?        S      0:00 [migration/7]
   28 ?        S      0:00 [ksoftirqd/7]
   29 ?        S<     0:00 [cpuset]
   30 ?        S<     0:00 [khelper]
   34 ?        S<     0:00 [netns]
  173 ?        S      0:00 [sync_supers]
  175 ?        S      0:00 [bdi-default]
  177 ?        S<     0:00 [kblockd]
  327 ?        S<     0:00 [ata_sff]
  335 ?        S      0:00 [khubd]
  442 ?        S<     0:00 [rpciod]
  502 ?        S      0:00 [khungtaskd]
  508 ?        S      0:00 [kswapd0]
  578 ?        S      0:00 [fsnotify_mark]
  582 ?        S<     0:00 [nfsiod]
  591 ?        S<     0:00 [crypto]
 1275 ?        S<     0:00 [iscsi_eh]
 1329 ?        S<     0:00 [loop0]
 1870 ?        S<     0:00 [cfg80211]
 1874 ?        S      0:00 [irq/16-mei]
 1881 ?        S<     0:00 [iwlagn]
 1890 ?        S      0:00 [scsi_eh_0]
 1891 ?        S      0:00 [scsi_eh_1]
 1892 ?        S      0:00 [scsi_eh_2]
 1893 ?        S      0:00 [scsi_eh_3]
 1894 ?        S      0:00 [scsi_eh_4]
 1895 ?        S      0:00 [scsi_eh_5]
 1900 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/u:6]
 1901 ?        S      0:00 [scsi_eh_6]
 1909 ?        S      0:00 [rts_pstor]
 1911 ?        S      0:01 [rtsx-polling]
 1918 ?        S<     0:00 [kpsmoused]
 1973 ?        S<     0:00 [hd-audio0]
 2050 ?        S<     0:00 [ttm_swap]
 2731 ?        S<     0:00 [loop1]
 2758 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/5:2]
 2777 ?        Ss     0:00 syslogd
 2779 ?        Ss     0:00 klogd -c 1
 2781 ?        S<s    0:00 udevd -d
 2937 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/6:3]
 3492 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/7:3]
 3502 ?        S      0:02 [kworker/0:7]
 3530 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/4:3]
 3626 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/7:7]
 3657 ?        S      0:01 [kworker/1:20]
 3718 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/2:25]
 3747 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/3:5]
 3835 ?        Ss     0:00 gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t ps2
 3845 ?        Ss     0:00 rpc.statd
 3849 ?        Ss     0:00 rpc.rquotad
 3853 ?        S      0:00 [lockd]
 3854 ?        S<     0:00 [nfsd4]
 3855 ?        S<     0:00 [nfsd4_callbacks]
 3856 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3857 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3858 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3859 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3860 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3861 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3862 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3863 ?        S      0:00 [nfsd]
 3865 ?        Ss     0:00 rpc.mountd
 3892 ?        S      0:00 smartd
 3895 ?        Ss     0:00 acpid
 3905 ?        S      0:00 hald-runner
 3910 ?        S      0:00 hald-addon-input: Listening on /dev/input/event4 /dev/input/event5 /dev/input/event2 /dev/input/event11 /dev/input/event12 /dev/input/event3 /dev/input/event1 /dev/i
 3912 ?        S      0:00 /usr/libexec/hald-addon-generic-backlight
 3913 ?        S      0:00 /usr/libexec/hald-addon-generic-backlight
 3919 ?        S      0:00 /usr/libexec/hald-addon-rfkill-killswitch
 3928 ?        S      0:00 /usr/libexec/hald-addon-leds
 3930 ?        S      0:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sdb (every 2 sec)
 3931 ?        S      0:00 /usr/libexec/hald-addon-cpufreq
 3933 ?        S      0:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sr0 (every 2 sec)
 3939 ?        Ss     0:00 dmeventd
 3970 ?        Ss     0:00 inetd
 4147 ?        Ss     0:00 /usr/sbin/hcid -s -f /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf
 4175 ?        S      0:21 /usr/bin/python -O /usr/share/wicd/daemon/wicd-daemon.py
 4184 ?        S      0:09 /usr/bin/python -O /usr/share/wicd/daemon/monitor.py
 4196 ?        Ss     0:00 /usr/sbin/sshd
 4208 ?        Ss     0:00 ntpd -g
 4266 tty1     Ss+    0:00 -bash
 4267 tty2     Ss+    0:00 init      
 4268 tty3     Ss+    0:00 init      
 4269 tty4     Ss+    0:00 init      
 4270 tty5     Ss+    0:00 init      
 4271 tty6     Ss+    0:00 init      
 4274 ?        S<     0:00 udevd -d
 4275 ?        S<     0:00 udevd -d
 4294 tty1     S+     0:00 /bin/sh /usr/local/bin/xinit
 4295 tty1     S+     0:00 /usr/bin/xinit
 4296 tty7     S<s+   1:06 Xorg -br -dpi 96
 4307 tty1     S      0:06 lxpanel
 4312 tty1     Z      0:00 [xdg-user-dirs-u] <defunct>
 4314 tty1     Z      0:00 [xset] <defunct>
 4315 tty1     S      0:01 clipboard-daemon
 4316 tty1     S      0:01 /usr/bin/openbox --startup /usr/libexec/openbox-autostart OPENBOX
 4317 tty1     Z      0:00 [feh] <defunct>
 4318 tty1     Z      0:00 [ROX-Filer] <defunct>
 4329 tty1     S      0:00 /usr/libexec/menu-cached
 4331 tty1     S      0:00 /usr/libexec/ROX-Filer/ROX-Filer --pinboard=pmagic
 4369 ?        Ss     0:00 pmagic_fstab_daemon
 4378 tty1     Sl     0:05 /usr/bin/conky
 4414 tty1     S      0:00 dbus-launch --autolaunch 8231714d83694f9bdb150c5a504cb03a --binary-syntax --close-stderr
 4415 ?        Ss     0:00 /usr/bin/dbus-daemon --fork --print-pid 5 --print-address 7 --session
 4498 tty1     Sl     3:54 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox-bin
 4528 ?        S      0:01 /usr/libexec/gconfd-2
 4548 tty1     Sl     0:03 lxterminal -l
 4549 tty1     S      0:00 gnome-pty-helper
 4550 pts/0    Ss     0:00 sh -l
 5596 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/6:0]
 6857 ?        Z      0:00 [dhcpcd] <defunct>
 6870 ?        Ss     0:00 /usr/sbin/dhcpcd wlan0 -h PartedMagic
 7224 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/3:0]
 7234 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/2:1]
 9067 ?        Ss     0:00 klogd v
10280 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/5:1]
10353 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/u:1]
10503 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/0:1]
10576 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/1:0]
10911 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/4:0]
11459 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/u:0]
11707 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/0:0]
11804 ?        S      0:00 [kworker/1:1]
12095 pts/0    R+     0:00 ps x

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Old 09-10-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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Perhaps if you asked for help or gave evidence of why you think your machine was hacked rather than just posting command results someone could help.
Personally, I would suggest you find out what the partitions on your hard drive are (I think there's a clue in a post above), recover any files you want, then do a clean install of whichever operating system you want.
I would do the above regardless of whether your machine has been hacked (you've not given evidence it has, that I can see) or not, since it's probably easier to just to have a clean start.

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I cannot do an install - of anything. When it's time to load onto the hard drive it give an error message:

Code:
input/output error on read /dev/sda
creation of swap space in partition #5 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) failed
There's more but cannot remember. I will try to do another install on the hard drive and write down the error message.

Also when I run Ubuntu (try it - not install it) and examine the file system and hard drive, it says there are two partitions that are "off set" but also it won't allow me to delete.

There is a "fuse" file system within the file system as well.

I know I'm bouncing around and throwing out random information but I've been trying for a week to do this myself and I'm frustrated.

If there is specific information you'd like or specific command to retrieve it, please let me know!

Thank you,

Rebecca

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Is there any information on the laptop that you don't have a copy of somewhere else?
Do you have a Windows recovery or install CD?
Which operating system do you want (if you have a Windows recovery option)?
This sounds more like your Ubuntu install is broken, for some reason, and you're flailing around trying to thwart a hacker rather than just repairing it -- does Ubuntu have a "repair install" option? (sorry not explored Ubuntu installer in a while)
Basically, ignore your other partitions as they're likely to be Windows a restore partition and that mini-os one referred to above. Concentrate on repairing Ubuntu or reinstalling it. I'd be tempted to reinstall if you have the patience as you'll need to learn how to use this yourself and it's good to start afresh.
 
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I can attempt to repair ubuntu - not sure how though!

I keep getting the error - (whether I try to install Ubuntu 12.04 or Debian Squeeze) input/output error during read on /dev/sda

Also, after I chose "graphical install" with Ubuntu or Debian my flashes several lines (too fast to read entirely)

Code:
ata1:00 - error in device 4096
I have no idea what that means either or if that's something I need to pay attention to.

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That sounds more like a hardware error than a hacked system.
Please start from a Live-CD (your Ubuntu CD will do the job), launch the following commands and post the output here (please use code-tags for that):
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sudo fdisk -l
sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
 
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Did you create recovery disks when you bought it? You may be able to buy them from HP for a small fee if you can't or don't want to use linux.

HP's laptops seem to be a problem for linux. I think the sata chip has an issue. You'd have to search for how people fixed it.
 
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Burn yourself a copy of the Gparted distribution to either a CD, DVD or memory stick (whatever you can get to boot)... That'll give you the tools to diagnose what's wrong... hopefully.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
 
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results of sudo fdisk -l

The command....sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda wasn't recognized.

Code:
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdb: 4000 MB, 4000317440 bytes
114 heads, 49 sectors/track, 1398 cylinders, total 7813120 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512=512 bytes I/O size (minimal/optimal) 512 bytes/512 bytes
Disk # Identifier: 0x00000000

Device      Boot   Start    End       Blocks     Id    System
/dev/sdb1     *     16      7813119   3906552    6     W95 FAT32

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The fdisk output can't be the whole output, it only shows a 4GB medium that is the second medium in the system (may be an USB device or a SD card).

For the smartctl command, please try it again this way:
Code:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smartmontools
sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
 
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That was the entire output from command

Code:
sudo fdisk -l
I was running Ubuntu from a 4 GB usb so that must have been what it saw. I am going to follow your instructions and do:

Code:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smartmontools
sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
I will post the output when completed!

Thank you so much for assisting me!!

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Old 09-11-2012, 12:15 PM   #15
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Also when I run Ubuntu (try it - not install it) and examine the file system and hard drive, it says there are two partitions that are "off set" but also it won't allow me to delete.
There are partition types that a standard Ubuntu live CD/USB can't read, out of the box. One example is exFat, which is used by some OEMs to put the "recovery" partition on their disks, maybe even the limited fast-boot system someone else referenced. ExFat's a proprietary MS partition type (sometimes called Fat64). A normal Linux distribution may not be looking for these partitions, while Gparted can (mostly) detect them (at least).

See;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GParted

FUSE is somewhat telling, and may indicate a virtual machine partition on the drive, or an attempt to work around an exFat partition.

If the exFat partition is offset, as you say, that may cause problems installing other OSes on the drive. The offset might be just the fact that it exists at all, and isn't detected. The distribution you are trying to use may be unable to resolve the drive geometry correctly, and bombs out. HP is notorious for this sort of thing. I typically buy a new PC, and wipe the drive entirely, installing fresh, and setting up a separate Linux /home partition to save data on subsequent installs (requires a little bit of care on installation & reinstall or upgrading to a new version).

By The Way; Check your BIOS to make sure nothing like UEFI secure boot, or boot sector protection is preventing installs.

I would use Gparted to help detect and potentially recover saved information from readable drives on the machine to a spare USB memory stick,... And then consider your options:
1) Get the OEM to re-image the drive back to factory spec (potentially not covered by warranty).
2) Wipe HD and re-install Ubuntu.
3) Find a distro that recognizes the presence of exFat partitions, and install it new around that.
4) Delete the exFat Partition and move/resize the rest with Gparted.

Obviously, you need to evaluate what you have on the machine versus what you want to do with it. If choosing to install fresh,... I would recommend Kubuntu 12.04 LTS, if you don't like Unity. The latest KDE desktop is better than previous versions (tamed nepomuk, stringi & akonadi server, which can easily be deactivated in the system config utility). It's UI is also very close to what MS Win7 looks and acts like (MS stole,... sorry,... modeled their Win7 ideas after KDE, not the other way around).
 
  


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