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Old 06-25-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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i broke my fedora 18/kde install ... badly


Hello Everyone, my name is Kevin and this is my first post here. Please forgive me and feel free to correct me if I use the wrong syntax or context to express my tales of woe... So it begins, I bought a new laptop. It's a HP Envy m6 i7, 8gb, radeon 2gb, 1tb hdd and wait for it... windows 8. Well I just hate the direction that microsoft has gone and I can't believe that only the fans of microsoft will stand by and let uefi/ securboot move forward. Having a previous love hate go at linux mint, I decided it you be time to move away from win8 and I downloaded several versions of linux. Only Fedora 18 live worked. I installed in terminal ; FedoraUtils, Autoten, Cryptkeeper, vlc. And of course with the first two come skype, flash etc, etc.

Everything was fine so I made a buried folder and threw in some important files and ran it in cryptkeeper. A couple of evenings later I closed the lid and Envy went to sleep. The next morning I opened the lid and it quickly started a reboot. Not certain why but was confident Fedora could handle it. Well, I was wrong it would not take me to the second login and my access was over... Really at first my thought was OK just get that buried folder out and format.

Can't get Rescue to work or rather can't seem to figure out the pages of info I've read on the net. So, my last thought was using a Distro of openSuse and I'm at the Expert Partioner. I thought if I just get enough space to install without format I should be able to look backwards in File Manager and retrieve my File. But can't understand the partitioer, it appears that Fedora made a large extended partition and 4 LV . In the LV's there is enough space that if I could change them to Primary partitions I can install openSuse and try my rescue idea.

I do sincerely apoligize for the depth and length of this but I did try to solve this myself. But I need the advice from the decent folks here to either help with Fedora rescue or install of openSuse. But the end result would to retrieve that one folder.
 
Old 06-25-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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Your first task would be to boot the Fedora installer DVD in rescue mode to see if it can still access the original file system. If it asks you to mount existing file systems answer "yes", then look for the EncFS directory (something like /home/ir_buddie/.encfs/" but watch messages for where rescue mode mounts file systems). If it doesn't offer to mount any existing file systems or LVM's then run 'pvscan; vgscan; vgchange -a y;' to see if it will do so manually. Else just run 'fdisk -l' to see how the hard disk is partitioned and we'll take it from there.
 
Old 06-25-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Hey there hi there unSpawn. Thank you for the information and support. However, can you tell me; Can I use the live dvd or do I use the full version dvd or because i was using kde in session last should i use the kde spin dvd?, When at the grub menu and i choose edit, where do i type the word rescue?... That's what I've read but I could be very wrong in my interpretation. Any direction you are willing to offer would be certainly appreciated.... As a side question, can you tell me why only certain distros seem to work with certain hardware?

Anyways, thank you you again for the input.

Kevin, IR Buddie
 
Old 06-27-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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Can I use the live dvd or do I use the full version dvd or because i was using kde in session last should i use the kde spin dvd?,
Any Fedora installer DVD that allows you to boot in rescue mode actually.


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When at the grub menu and i choose edit, where do i type the word rescue?...
When the DVD boots you should be presented with a simple menu. Usually you would just press enter to continue (other options may be "hidden" behind the F1 through F6 keys) but the idea would be to not just press enter but type or select "linux rescue", "rescue" or any other option that would start some sort of recovery. *If it doesn't work then maybe just running the Live DVD version (meaning not installing anything) may be able to recognize and mount the LVM as well.


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can you tell me why only certain distros seem to work with certain hardware?
Sorry, I can't as I don't know what Linux distributions and versions or hardware you're talking about.
 
Old 06-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #5
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"can you tell me why only certain distros seem to work with certain hardware?"

To help you maybe, let me say this.

A disto is a collection of apps and usually a unique kernel along with drivers. The reason the distro's is unique is because they target an audience. They try to make their distro available for some segment or group or groups. Who'd want a single use distro that only one exact type of hardware would run? The hitch is if you try to make the distro support every device in the world, you'd end up with a Tb of data maybe. They also have bugs in distro's that may mean some apps and drivers have to be disabled. The last issue is the legal issues. Some distro's are not strictly legal in all countries due to the way code is licensed.
 
Old 06-28-2013, 10:32 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the fishes

First, let me say sorry for the late reply but I was away from a connection for a bit.

BUT... Besides the help and advice I have received here, I went ahead and found a fella online who offers linux repair services. So, for a few dollars problem solved but the best part was how I took advantage of the time to ask a "billion" questions. Frankly I learned more about linux in general and Fedora in specific than I had known from mucking about with linux mint a few times over the years.

I want to send a huge "Atta Boy" and "Thank you all very much" to you guys here. Although my situation is currently solved, I know I'll be back...Just can't leave well enough alone, gotta push the buttons gotta learn more.

Thanks again, Kevin
 
Old 06-28-2013, 03:22 PM   #7
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