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Old 09-25-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Kubuntu keeps deleting by itself?


This is my first time using Kubuntu for almost a month, switching from Windows. Somehow, when I install Kubuntu, it keeps being deleted by itself... when I forced to shut down the computer because of screen freeze or just shutting down normally.

This is my eighth time doing this. I don't know where all of my saved documents at the moment when Kubuntu keeps deleting by itself.

Any help please?
 
Old 09-25-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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What do you mean by deleting?
What happens when you reboot the computer?
 
Old 09-25-2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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Kubuntu will not just delete itself. What do you mean; do you have a dual-boot machine or do you run Kubuntu from a CD?
 
Old 09-25-2008, 08:56 PM   #4
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Several times I forced the computer to shut down because of a screen freeze, and the other times are when I shut it down normally.

When I turn on my computer (or force restart my computer) it says something like "you need to have a CD to operate an OS, insert a CD and press any key". And I already installed Kubuntu several times.

Sorry, I'm just in a panic mode right now.

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Old 09-25-2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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No, I don't have dual-booting
 
Old 09-25-2008, 08:59 PM   #6
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how do you reinstall Kubuntu?
 
Old 09-25-2008, 09:01 PM   #7
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how do you reinstall Kubuntu?
I'm using Kubuntu via LiveCD at the moment. I had been installing Kubuntu several times "normally" when it gets mysteriously deleted. I don't know if it is the hardware problem or not.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 09:18 PM   #8
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After installing you should be able to remove the cd and boot in to the installation on your hard drive.

try typing the following and post the results
$ sudo -su
# parted
(parted) p all
you should see somthing like this
Quote:
Disk /dev/sda: 160GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
2 32.3kB 63.8GB 63.8GB primary reiserfs
1 63.8GB 160GB 96.2GB extended boot
5 63.8GB 64.9GB 1077MB logical linux-swap
6 64.9GB 151GB 85.7GB logical reiserfs
 
Old 09-25-2008, 09:38 PM   #9
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After installing you should be able to remove the cd and boot in to the installation on your hard drive.

try typing the following and post the results
$ sudo -su
# parted
(parted) p all
you should see somthing like this
Can you elaborate, please? I'm still trying to learn how to use the terminal.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 09:55 PM   #10
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It also says that I "have 430.6 GB out of 456.7 GB (6%used)" on a 500 GB hard disk.

Where is the other 43.3 GB? I'm still not used to how Linux works overall though.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 10:40 PM   #11
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It also says that I "have 430.6 GB out of 456.7 GB (6%used)" on a 500 GB hard disk.

Where is the other 43.3 GB? I'm still not used to how Linux works overall though.
just type what your see excluding the "$" or "#" one line at a time.
If you do it incorrectly or the command is not install the system will tell you.
if you need more information on a command most commands will tell you how to use them if you type "man" and then the command. like this

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$ man parted
remember not to type the "$"
The "$" just means your a normal user.
if you see a "#" your running as root.
sudo allows you to run commands as root.
using the live cd you dont know your password but they let you become root by just typing "sudo su". Then you can run commads as root(the super user).

as to the 43.3 GB i can tell you if you post the output of the commands as requested.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 10:44 PM   #12
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What i'm trying to find out is whether or not you have a linux partition on your hard drive if so you may be able to fix the system by reinstalling the boot loader grub/lilo. you may even be able to access your files from the live cd.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 11:05 PM   #13
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just type what your see excluding the "$" or "#" one line at a time.
If you do it incorrectly or the command is not install the system will tell you.
if you need more information on a command most commands will tell you how to use them if you type "man" and then the command. like this

Code:
$ man parted
remember not to type the "$"
The "$" just means your a normal user.
if you see a "#" your running as root.
sudo allows you to run commands as root.
using the live cd you dont know your password but they let you become root by just typing "sudo su". Then you can run commads as root(the super user).

as to the 43.3 GB i can tell you if you post the output of the commands as requested.
I typed "sudo su" instead and it worked. I followed the rest of your terminal guide and got:

Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 494GB 494GB primary ext3 boot
2 494GB 500GB 5799MB extended
5 494GB 500GB 5799MB logical linux-swap
 
Old 09-25-2008, 11:37 PM   #14
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you have a linux partition at /dev/sda1 and a swap partion at /dev/sda5.

You probably just need to reinstall the boot loader.
what distro are you using(ie. ubuntu, fadora, suse).

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:12 PM   #15
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I found out that there was a problem with my power supply. I had a very outdated power supply that made a lot of mess. I switched the an updated power supply and my Kubuntu is running very fine than before.
 
  


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