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Old 10-13-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Angry ubuntu is running in low graphics mode + I'm back to the GNU GRUB version 1.99`rc1-13


I have a weak battery that must remain plugged in or it will go dead. Was trying to upgrade to 11.04 and half way through the system update, I accientally bumped the laptop which caused it to shut down.

I turned my laptop back on takes me to the GNU GRUB version 1.99`rc1-13ubuntu3 screen to choose how i want to start so i click on the Ubuntu, with linux 2.6.38-15-generic.

It then starts to load up like everything is normal, then it takes me to a square white message saying, ubuntu is running in low graphics mode, your screen, graphics card, and input device settings could not be detected correctly. You will need to configure these yourself.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Upgrading to 11.04 makes not much sense, since it is unsupported and will neither get bugfixes nor security updates.
Since your system seems to be corrupted during the upgrade anyway I would recommend a clean install of 12.04.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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How do I do that? Installing this 12.04 you speak of?
I'm really lost with this.
 
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Download the Ubuntu 12.04 CD and boot the system from it into live mode. Now copy all data that is not already backed up (if you have not done that already before starting the upgrade, which is recommended) to an external medium. After that start the installation and follow the on-screen instructions.
Keep in mind that that Ubuntu 12.04 is heavier on the hardware resources than older versions, so if you have an older computer you possibly will go better with a lightweight version, like Xubuntu or Lubuntu.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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I'm sorry, maybe I'm not coming off clear enough. The laptop is completely disfunctional. So I understand how to download what you were speaking of.

I'm using a friend's laptop, that's how I'm able to post.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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In my experience, a stripped down Kubuntu 12.04 will actually run on a pretty low end system... You just have to know what to shut off... and Kubuntu is arguably more resource hungry than Ubuntu of the same version number.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 07:27 PM   #7
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OOOHHH,... That's different...

You're going to have to boot into a rescue CD or live CD of some sort to try and pull off your user data... Then do a complete re-install and put your data back. If you hosed an upgrade, there's no telling what state the system is in...

I suggest that when you reinstall, you make your /home partition separate from the / (root) partition. That way, you can always reinstall and not format /home,... and that way preserve your user data more easily...

Many disagree with that, but I speak from (more than a decade of) experience...
 
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:51 PM   #8
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I'm still new to the whole, fix it yourself :-), so when you say boot into rescue cd,what are you telling me to do?

Go buy something form the store, download on another computer, or enter a command in the terminal?
 
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Use the computer you are posting now from to download the Ubuntu 12.04 CD.
Burn it to a CD.
Start your computer from that CD and copy your data to an external device.
Then start the installer included on that CD.

Regarding the separate /home partition (the Ubuntu installer will ask you about that): It is in many use cases a good idea to have a separate /home partition (the /home partition is the one where your personal data is stored), but it is in no way a substitute for a regular backup and the backup you should make anytime before you do something system-critical, like upgrading or installing an OS.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 08:46 PM   #10
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TobiSGD is right on the money...

But,... I still HIGHLY recommend making /home a separate partition... More option for the FUTURE... (it's always about the future).
 
  


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