[SOLVED] I completely screwed my system up and can't figure out how to fix it...
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I completely screwed my system up and can't figure out how to fix it...
so I was playing around with a fresh install of kubuntu 12.04, and installed everythingrelated to kde, just to check it out... now I am trapped in kde plasma hell and can't get it to switch to the basic kde desktop and can't get anything to load right... I have no idea what web browser I managed to get loaded in this thing, but I was trying to load chromium and it wouldn't do it at all, and this one is crap with a capital K! the system was in the middle of downloading the upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10, and suddenly the desktop crashed and dropped me to bash console prompt, and I rebooted and got trapped here with this... I could just do a reinstall, but I want to know how to fix it wothout trashing everything to do so, just in case I do it again, so help!!!!!
If it were me I would roll back to an oler version of the kernel if I could.
I could just do a reinstall, but I want to know how to fix it wothout trashing everything to do so
A re-install of Kubuntu (may be the only option) but 12.10 from an ISO image burned to a Live Cd if available.
Here is a fresh ISO Download of Kubuntu; IMO it would be wise to consider this but it's up to you.
Download Kubuntu http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu/download
If you know exactly what was included in the upgrade (pkg's and all those details and dependencies) you could open the terminal and use "autoremove" but you'd have to know for certain.
thank you i think i am going to go ahead and download the kubuntu 12.10 iso as you reccomend... i think when it crashed mid upgrade it may have broke a few things, i can't even get konsole to open... the only way to get a web browser open is to go to "KDE Community" under a side tab on the screen... glad i have multiple computers in the house :P it is sometimes fun to break things, just not after 48 hours without sleep :P insomnia may have played a role in screwing the machine up as well... thanks again for the help!
basically, I was screwing around and tried to download a ton of different configs for the desktop enviroment at the same time, and then tried to update from 12.04 to 12.10, and then crashed the machine in the middle of the upgrade and it only finished half of the upgrade... I am actually still using the broken machine at the moment, waiting for a download to finish to reinstall, and playing with it again to try to fix it just so I know what to do in the future if I mess it up again... I learn more by tinkering than reading, and enjoy the challenge... I got chromium to work and got some of the things working better now, but still have alot broken, and still can't get it to switch desktop enviroments from plasma to any others... I am going to reinstall, so it will be fixed when I do, but it is fun trying to make it work :P may wait to reinstall for a few days just to use it as a learning tool :P
I will add this, for being screwed up like it is, the things that are working are loading and running blazing fast! if i can figure out why it is running so fast, and keep that with a better enviroment, and get the broken stuff fixed, then this would work very well...
Online upgrades to a newer version only seem to work reliably on basic installs. At the moment that one deviates from a more-or-less standard install, it seems to become a 'risky' business.
In my case (8.04 to 10.04 online upgrade a couple of years ago), the system warned me that I might end up with an unstable system after reboot. That was basically not quite true because after reboot I had a very, very stable busybox
Lack of sleep (insomnia)could of been a contributing factor but don't be to hard on yourself.
Insomnia is no fun I had a dose of it recently myself-
I'm not condemning Kubuntu or Ubuntu (as it use to be my primary OS) but for whatever the reason every time I would allow an update or a distribution upgrade my desktop would fail or run in low graphics mode-
I soon tired of that (2 years) and changed distribution.
You said; " the things that are working are loading and running blazing fast!"
I wonder why all of the sudden?