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Old 11-08-2014, 04:28 AM   #1
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boot? busybox command


I am ridiculously new to computers! I am here too!

Some computer genius installed Linux , gosh, er, ah, 7 years ago? I don't know how it works! Now it ask for 'help' busybox commmand to boot? it will not boot. I don't know what command to put in the word box. What did you get? a disc? ???? This computer was rebuilt. I don't like how this is happening! argh! I think there is static issues! too ! by the way! and I always talk with lots of exclamations, not because I am angry, I'm actually super happy and excited to be here! : )

please, if someone would be ever so kind to help me? with this specific simple word command? that would be super awesome!

I will go try the other general links, in the mean time? to stay busy?

Thank you so much! you guys are the best!!!!! I love you!
 
Old 11-10-2014, 08:20 AM   #2
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Suggestion.

7 years is old, install a later version of Linux on that machine.

Download a 'live/installable' distro such as AntiX,
http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
http://sourceforge.net/projects/anti...al/antiX-13.2/

backup your personal data to external media, then do a new installation to your machine.
Then join in on http://antix.freeforums.org/
 
Old 11-11-2014, 01:04 PM   #3
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FatMac,
You are kind! Thank you for the suggestion! I thought linux updates itself? always? (is that true?) well, I did read the tutorials. I found this quote "If you are using unusual hardware peripherals, then you may encounter driver incompatibility problems." (it was hand built by other computer genius, not me.) Although, I attempt,. I did just install the , um, new video card???? prior to the new vid. card, the screen was just BLACK. I just thought it was "plug and play" or something? It was working just fine. I can see the screen and videos. It is new hardware, huh? I did not do a darn thing to make it compatible with any "drivers" (what is a driver? not exactly sure). ah. I don't know what version linux have, because we changed the screen to pretty pictures. I think it is mint? something???????
when the computer attempts to boot up, there are four options. If Linux is allowed to almost load, it will go to the Busybox and demand a command word. I do not know what command to type????? it never did that before.
One of the options is a partition that contains windows.
No, I don't fully understand the "partition" word, but I can't access the photos that were on linux or the the cool art photoshop programs? not that I am aware of?

Please, could anyone be so kind to give me a helpful command word to boot linux? for me? or update it? I only have pretty pictures, art, I don't' really want to lose it. but some of it is backed up. I don't care that much. I mostly do email. but the idea of exif data all over the internet makes me uneasy enough to not use facebook or any of my favorite websites. Is linux secure? I don't know. But I feel more safe there. I like linux? could you please help?
The computer was always goofy. I was trying to help with the new video card. Linux,it was working, with the new technology. Now, it stops. I don't know why?

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Old 11-11-2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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Generally when you boot any Linux, it will identify itself with very large fonts in the center of the screen when you start the computer. If you have had this on your computer for 7 years I would think you would know what it is. If someone (your computer genius) put a background image for the bootloader you may not see this. Does your windows system boot? Do you have any CD or DVD with any Linux system on it. If the operating system has been on the computer for 7 years it is probably not supported, no security or software updates available. If it is Mint, this is certainly the case. Do you see any messages on screen just prior to the 'busybox' message? A partition is part of the hard drive, the hard drive can be divided into multiple partitions.
 
Old 11-12-2014, 06:27 AM   #5
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Thank you for your time! Vaneck! You are super awesome for trying to help!!!!! Thank you! There are 4 partition options. 32 bit cinnamon and safe and recovery modes. Windows is an ancient option as well. When the cinnamon attempts to boot it says some stuff like
ubuntu v1.20.2 built in shell (ash)
(initramfs)
It wants me to write a busybox command next to the (innitramfs). I Don't know why it started to do this! It was working just fine! Of course, my computer has some very odd static issues in my house! I bought a defective? (on sale) battery back up. maybe it is the wiring? It was hand built with translucent clear blue acrylic case. But it was odd, even in the plain metal case.

It sounds like it may be an Ubuntu????? error??????? it is not booting the linux?????? No, I do not currently have a Linux disc, but I would love to have one! Do you know where I could get one fast in a big city? or must I mail? I have a CD burner, but I don't know how to use it! Sadly, very very very sadly, it seems that I lack the most basic computer knowledge. I thought burning CDs was for stealing music. I am an artist, I want them to have the money. When I was on the Linux, there was an icon to play movies with the disc. I don't know how to do this program (or if it is even installed on the windows). Some 2 other computer dudes were on my computer. One put linux, the other put hardware. He became ill, so his business is gone. I ramble, I am sorry. I'm looking for a new computer genius, if there is one in town that wishes to help me, I'd totally pay him, but after the rebuilt for only $200,(50,a couple times), it still not function, I'm so sad of those guys,. and they were sooOooooo nice to me, too............... when you push the button,it should light up, start, shut down from menu, not freeze up? I don't understand why it was freezing up? the nice new computer guys tried to blame Linux. They claim they only know windows??????? (?) but not linux??? Linux, it did not do that on 2 other friends computers. (His computer father and the ex, ok, the ex boyfriend from 7-8 yrs ago - suffers borderline personality, bless his heart, wish him well) computers. the ex guy puts porn/virus on his laptop. why does MY computer have freezing issues, not the other weird people I know?
PS. the really nice new computer guys finally suggested that I open the box, unplug the hard drive manually, then plug it all back in........... every time before start up?

I don't have much stuff on there, just some art pics. I really like them. but it's not a big loss. Some is backed up. I just mostly do email. (I'm very boring. I guess.)

I will try to put the computer in safe mode or recovery mode next. I don't know what I will find? will it fix itself? I have no clue what I'm doing........ I sure hope I don't mess it up too much. I don't know the right commands. I wish I knew. I wish I could learn computers over night! it is frustrating! but most of all, It is interesting!!!!!!!

also, is there a way to access the pics from the linux partition? that is not functioning right now? I can use the ancient windows, but I very much dislike that. it feels vulnerable.

Does the linux do automatic upgrades????
please, Thank you so much!

If you click on the linux background? or something? click on the art? computer offers to put pics for the background. I did that myself. It was super easy, just follow prompts.

OK, learning some progress internet search (initramfs) ubuntu (google suggest), not sure yet, but having the existence of windows os option, may be the culprit of some issues? maybe the other weird friends have no windows at all. I never use windows, except now, because the other will not boot.

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Old 11-12-2014, 11:42 AM   #6
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No, I do not currently have a Linux disc, but I would love to have one! Do you know where I could get one fast in a big city?
No. But you can download any Linux system from the internet if you have some windows system which still boots. On the top right of this page under Main Menu are links for "Download Linux" or you can go to the site below which has a list of a number of Linux systems as well as a brief description and links to the individual web sites with more detailed information. Scroll down the page and on the right under "Page Hit Ranking" is a list of Linux distributions.

http://distrowatch.com/

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I thought burning CDs was for stealing music.
It's just another word for copying or writing data to a disk. It would be useful to know which version of windows you have and how old the compputer hardware is? Some of the Linux distributions will not run on older hardware. You could download one of the Linux distributions, use some windows software to burn/write the Linux iso to a DVD drive or a flash/usb drive and use that to boot it and copy your data off or install a new system.
 
Old 11-13-2014, 03:57 AM   #7
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1. If I DL the new linux OS will it delete the ancient limping windows system? (I don't care about windows)(also all data stored on Linux, that I can't currently access, would be gone, I think) in theory, it seems like the system would function better with no windows partition.
2. ah, yes, the hardware. It may be my fault. I put in the new video card, but I never added software (I can look for the disc. I think I have it.) So, the hardware is still not compatible with what I did to it? or will the new DL clear up all driver (Is that a driver?) Issues? I honestly do not know this stuff. New Hardware was added last year by the nice new computer guys. They instructed me to unplug the hard drive so it would boot. every time. huh. That's an odd procedure? don't you think? but it WAS working...... so, why question stuff? My sister wants me to give up. she wants me to buy a new computer.

But I LOVE this one! it's so pretty!

Silly sentimental heart girl, huh?

I love you! Thank you for helping! Sounds like it could be the plan! Yancek , Guru : )

PS. 3. Does linux suggest updates always? one time, there was a no sound because of driver issues in old old old linux (maybe it was not tested or something) I had some other computer genius in my life at that time. The computer father installed a new version that had sound compatible with the hardware.

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