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Old 12-01-2009, 03:07 AM   #1
sbrawley
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Question I had a problem installing an upgrade to 9.02


I am not sure what happend, but now the computer wonīt enter the desktop. It stays with an error message which is this with a little more infor...something missin....maybe lilo(8)

BusyBox v1.10.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.10.2-1ubuntu6) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

(initramfs)


before restart I tried to run liliconfig(8) and excute /sbin/lilo without out luck, and since then I have no idea what to do. Please help me get along at leat back into the desk top. I have no cd for installation of any linux version as I did it from the internet.

The main thing is to recover the folders that were on my desktop and in my documents at the time of the up grade. Is there a way to do that at the least?

Thank you.
 
Old 12-01-2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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Upgrade to "9.02" of what?

You say you can't enter your desktop. Does X start? Or perhaps you are in a console.

If in a console (<Ctrl>-<Alt>-<F1> if not), you can can still get to all your files simply by logging in there. Files on your "desktop" should be in the directory ~/Desktop.

In terms of actually helping you fix your problem, you will need to provide much more information. What is your distribution and version (Ok, I can guess some version of Ubuntu) and what exactly were you trying to upgrade to "9.02", and how.


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Old 12-02-2009, 01:31 AM   #3
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Okay..

So thanks for the info about getting into my files.

Do you know how to transfer those files to an external hard disk from that menu.

I donīt know much about linux, and the guy who gave it to me died before teaching me anything, thatīs why i am posting in newbies...

So anyway,

I was running a version of Unbuntu, and then it said in the built in upgrade system that there was a version availble called Sea Horse. I think (9.02). I clicked upgrade and followed the instructions.

When it told me I Must do Run liloconfig(8) I tried to open a terminal and do that, but it said bad command, I tried many commands and still couldnīt It also said to execute /sbin/lilo, but that also didnīt work, and the message said that if I didnīt do those things that the upgrade wouldnīt work, that for my computer this was the first time to use Lilo, something I still donīt know what is.

SO because it didnīt work, and because it seemed important, I restarted the computer when prompted thinking I could do the run liloconfig(8) and execute /sbin/lilo when the computer started back up. It however reverted to a shell, or that what it said with the information that I put above. I have no idea even how to use DOS in windows, much less a shell in linux. That is all the information I have.

If you or anyone can help Great! if not, then please tell me how to get those files out of there, and I will reinstall windows.

Thanks.
 
Old 12-02-2009, 01:41 AM   #4
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Ok log into the shell and run the commands it tells you to. The important thing here is that when running system maintenance commands you need to have root (also known as super user or administrator) powers. In Ubuntu this is achieve by prefixing the command with "sudo". For example if you are told to run:

Code:
/sbin/lilo
You should actually run
Code:
sudo /sbin/lilo
this will also prompt you for your password.

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