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Old 08-06-2009, 09:28 AM   #1
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Help: system's screwed up after updating

I'm using FC10.
Also have win xp

last night i updated the system(using update system). and after restarting the system was not ready to start(black screen with a cursor blinking). then i put in the CD and chose the upgrade system option but in vain. then i put in the FC11 CD and chose the upgrade option. in between the setup due to power failure it was interrupted. later after resuming the upgradation it wasn't upgrading but started a new installation.
I used some programs viz., ext2fsd and similar stuff(to recover data) but neither has a proper usage guide or may be something has gone wrong in linux partitions.

1. i have no backup. hence i want the data lying on those partitions
2. can the system still be reinstated to the previous form
3. has the problem(black screen) appeared due upgradation of the kernel and its conflict with old graphics drivers
4. what should i do.
Old 08-06-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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It's hard to be sure what really happened. I suspect an incomplete upgrade, possibly damaging the bootloader in the process, but that doesn't help you much at the moment. I can answer only the first question (and hence the fourth...) - to some extend. The rest remains to be seen.

Get hold of a live CD to rescue your data (if it's still possible). A very good one with lots of useful tools is System Rescue CD; but you can use most live CDs - the Fedora install CD doubles as a live CD. Mount your partitions (if they're not destroyed) and copy your data to an external storage device (USB is easiest - the CD is probably in use). After that, if nothing else works, you can always reinstall Fedora 11. But if only the bootloader is damaged, it may be enough to reinstall or reconfigure that.

I hope you find a way to get at your data.

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You can use your install cd; boot off it and then type

linux rescue

at the linux text prompt.


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