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Old 11-29-2015, 10:48 PM   #1
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boot issue. clean install of linux over dual boot


im new to linux but ill try to be as descriptive as possible. i have a windows 8 machine that i setup to dual boot with kali. been running fine. yesterday i did the usual update and upgrade. i also did a dist-upgrade. all is well at this point. well ive been reading that i should install the nvidia drivers on kali. so i followed the steps here. http://docs.kali.org/general-use/ins...-on-kali-linux
i did
apt-get install -y linux-headers-$(uname -r)
then
apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms
well instead of finishing the process like i should have i went to remove something and did
apt-get remove nvidia-kernel-dkms
of course my laptop dies shortly after. i get home, restart my laptop, grub loads up like normal. i select my kali machine. it seems to be booting normal but it seems ass soon as it tries to load the GUI i come to a black screen with a little box that pops up saying something went wrong and a selection tab that says logout. i tried a couple forums and they seem to really not like "newbs". im a beginner and so frustrated that im ready to just wipe it all and start over. lol. what do i need to do to wipe both os's and do a fresh install of linux.(not sure which distro yet)
will the fresh install take care of gettting rid of the dual boot. any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 11-29-2015, 10:52 PM   #2
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i can get to recovery mode. enter my root pw. and get a shell. (again sorry if im not using the correct terminology)
 
Old 11-29-2015, 11:14 PM   #3
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If you really want to wipe everything and just install a single Linux instance across the entire machine, then all you need to do is a std install.
On most distros, the default is entire machine, but it may offer you options.
You don't need to actually wipe out the old installs; it should handle that transparently.
 
Old 11-30-2015, 03:10 AM   #4
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i'm not sure whether this one will help.

what if you login as root, go to recovery mode.

uninstall the graphic driver, check out this link on how to do it: http://askubuntu.com/questions/20628...ver-completely
 
Old 11-30-2015, 03:14 AM   #5
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Why Kali as it is NOT a good general use distro, nor is it necessarily intended to be installed on a hard disk.

The simplest method is to download a distro, make a bootable CD or USB, boot from that media, and install selecting "use entire disk".

Since you say Win 8 it's likely a UEFI machine. For Linux OS only I'd disable UEFI and shut off secure boot as well...
 
Old 11-30-2015, 04:29 AM   #6
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boot issue. clean install of linux over dual boot

Must say that if grub is ok you don't have to burn a cd / dvd / usb since grub can load an iso as installer.
 
Old 11-30-2015, 04:36 AM   #7
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i shut off secure boot. i had kali installed also on virtualbox. ive been trying to learn python and c++ along with some beginner pen testing stuff.i took a little class that udemy had and thats what let me to download kali. there was certain things i couldnt do on the virtual machine so setup the duel boot. was really happy with it until this issue. i did a clean install of kali. the first time i tried it failed when i tried to write to hard disk. the second time i selected guided partitioning with LVM and it worked. i havent tried to reboot yet. honestly im scared to. lol. if the installation completed and everything loaded fine i should be good to right. although the tweak tool will not save any of the settings?
 
Old 12-01-2015, 06:44 AM   #8
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Quote:
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what do i need to do to wipe both os's and do a fresh install of linux.(not sure which distro yet)
will the fresh install take care of getting rid of the dual boot. any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Tonus View Post
Must say that if grub is ok you don't have to burn a cd / dvd / usb since grub can load an iso as installer.
Loading an iso with Grub will not "wipe both os's" without some pretty complicated maneuvering.
I wrote a tutorial on how to do exactly that, but I think you should stick to a fresh install from a DVD or USB, echo1 - much less of a learning curve.
A fresh install will re-configure your current dual-boot configuration as part of the installation. No problem there.
Please go with a beginner-friendly distro.
You will find plenty of help with that process here. Good luck!

Last edited by TxLonghorn; 12-01-2015 at 07:11 AM. Reason: stupid typos !!!
 
  


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