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My first post. I used to have great times with Ubuntu prior to 9.10,dual booting with Windows XP, Vista,and 7. How after installing Ubuntu 9.10, there are more than 200 updates. Several times Ubuntu cannot complete the update. I installed half of the updates, still no good. After the update I can boot into Win. 7 but not into Ubuntu. I get the following post:
wesley is my login name; pc-1 is the name of my pc.
What must I do to fix this? or, log in, or whatever.
I can delete Ubuntu and re-install it, and I've done that several times, but the updates come up again and that is what messing me up again.
Thanks for any help.
I am using a second pc here, so i will have to type what is on the screen of the other pc:
X Protocol V.11, revising 0
Current Operating System: Linux 2.6.24 ...
Build date 26 Oct 2009
Waiting for X server to shut down error setting MTRR ...
I try all the sudo commands you suggested but only the second one works, partially. The second one asks for password. I entered that. Then I get this:
failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/s/samba ...
try run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing
I tried to follow the the directions above, but to no avail.
I also tried type: sudo gdm; i get this error:
Error while loading shared libraries: /usr/lib/libgio-2.0so.0: file too short
It posts back: unable to fetch archieves. Maybe run apt-get update or try with --fixmissing.
I just did that and I got the same thing back!
Is your network up and running? Can you connect to the internet? Try pinging a website (e.g. ping -c 3 www.google.com) to see if you're connected. It might just be that it's trying to get the archives off the net but you're not connected.
Yes, I have 4 pc - two desktops next to each other and both are hardwired to a router(one is Ubuntu, or trying to), a third one is another desktop wirelessly connected, and a netbook with Win 7 on it. All have connections. I am using the second PC with Vista on it.
The Ubuntu unit is a dual boot with Win. 7 Ultimate. I can boot into Win 7 and it is working, except when I select Ubuntu that I'm having problem log in.
to verify if you're connected, run ping www.google.com, wait a few seconds, and press Ctrl+C.
In this example "$" represents the prompt:
$ ping www.google.com
PING www.l.google.com (22.214.171.124) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from iad04s01-in-f147.1e100.net (126.96.36.199): icmp_seq=1 ttl=54 time=47.3 ms
64 bytes from iad04s01-in-f147.1e100.net (188.8.131.52): icmp_seq=2 ttl=54 time=44.7 ms
64 bytes from iad04s01-in-f147.1e100.net (184.108.40.206): icmp_seq=3 ttl=54 time=46.0 ms
64 bytes from iad04s01-in-f147.1e100.net (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=4 ttl=54 time=43.5 ms
--- www.l.google.com ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3000ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 43.502/45.432/47.337/1.448 ms
If the part I highlighted in bold will say 100% packet loss, you aren't connected to the internet right.
And remember, "wesley@pc-1~$" is not an error message, nor does it mean there is something wrong (though the fact that you are in command-line mode is wrong, since Ubuntu is supposed to enter the GUI automatically). It is just a command prompt where you enter commands. In fact, I intentionally set up my computer to boot to the command line instead of entering the GUI automatically.
There are even programs that emulate the prompt while you are running in the GUI and a lot of us use them all the time.
Thanks Guys for trying to help with Ubuntu. While waiting for the answer I sensed that it's going to take a lot of time to get this mess fixed. So I decided to abandon Ubuntu 9.10. I just installed Linux Mint 7 (without realizing that Mint 8 Helena had been released) and it is up and running now. It is a small installation all the way, took just around 50 minutes. So my mess is now closed. I appreciate all the help. If I have problem with Mint 7, I will return. The only nagging question is, how do I upgrade to Mint 8?