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Distrohopping Woes

Posted 10-06-2019 at 08:09 PM by zaivala

After recording Episode 6 of Distrohoppers' Digest, I was working on my IdeaPad 110acl-80TJ, installing Pearl Desktop 8 ... I was on battery power, and noticed the battery was low. I grabbed for my power supply, plugged it in to the socket, went to plug the other end into the computer... and the machine died. I could not boot anything. I tried a few more things to recover it, to no avail.

So I got out my trusy GPartEd 1.0 disk, and reformatted it, creating a 4 Gb swap partition and the rest of the disk as ext4 for whatever I was going to put on it. I then installed OpenMandriva Lx 4. Installation went smoothly. Reboot. Nothing. No boot.

I went to my trusty T430 and downloaded SuperGrub2 and burned it to a CD. Stuck it in the optical drive of my IdeaPad 110. Found OpenMandriva on the menu and booted to it.

I've tried to use SuperGrub2 to write a new Grub, but can't figure out how that works. I got help from people in the OpenMandriva forum to write Grub2 there, still no go. At least I can boot to it if I have the SuperGrub2 disk in the optical drive.

I'm more than tempted to try to install Linux Mint. Never had an issue with that (or any other Debian or Ubuntu derivative) on this machine. I just wanted to get a month in on OM4 so that I could review it for the October episode of Distrohoppers'.

Got any ideas? Write me at zaivalananda@protonmail.ch
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