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Old 09-14-2021, 11:05 AM   #1
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Cinnamon DE not loading after screen saver install

I'm lost... yesterday I installed xscreensaver, I had to remove my Cinnamon screen saver first. And today Cinnamon won't load. I'm guessing other important parts were removed? I need an app that prevents me from shooting my own foot!

I'm running Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon 4.?

I have managed to get to the root command line, and have tried apt-get install cinnamon-desktop-environment but that said failed.... could not resolve - same when using reinstall.

From here: root command line - I see where uninstall and reinstall are options... Can I uninstall xcreensaver (all it's parts) and reinstall Cinnamon screensaver? And if I can, and that would solve my problem, can someone give me the command line(s) to do this?

Also I tried apt-get --fix-broken and fix broken install - also no good. Same for using --fix-missing. I got errors for the -- '-' is not recognized or something. Since I do not know what I am typing I do not know what is making it mad. I am doing searches for other people's problems and trying what worked for them, which is not working for me.

I could not get to the bios - to disable secure boot so I could boot from my USB install drive. I will continue to work on doing that...

Any help is much appreciated ~ Thanks

Last edited by CurrentWave; 09-14-2021 at 11:24 AM.
Old 09-14-2021, 12:54 PM   #2
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So I, not knowing what to try next, did apt-get purge xscreensaver - and no errors for that, it did the purge, but still I see the unable to load cinnamon-session-cinnamon on boot, and now I cannot get back to root shell. No matter if I press ESC or Shift during boot I end up at the cinnamon session error screen, I do not even see the Linux Mint icon while booting any more.
when I click on ok on that session error I'm at a black screen with a pointer.

Is there a way to force the grub to load/show, or ?

I spent all this time trying to change bios to boot to USB, and I did, but this machine never recognized my USB port at the front, and I didn't want to try the others on the back. I'd rather do a reinstall of cinnamon from the root shell. My USB ios will just do a total reinstall - and not a live run. And even if I could do a live USB I do not know what to do from there....

Please help, thanks
Old 09-16-2021, 01:17 AM   #3
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Using Live USB to boot up and make repairs

I finally got a live iso that would boot my machine - Step 1

Next I found a solution on Linux Mint Forums that was very close to my problem, and so I made the changes for my situation and it worked like a charm!

Disclaimer: I'm so new to all of this that I mostly do not know what I did, but it worked

These are the steps I used to fix accidentally uninstalling Cinnamon Screen Saver - and breaking my Desktop Environment.

sudo -i     #this makes you the root user

root@mint ~ $ sudo blkid

sudo blkid  #this identifies the partition that linux is installed in on your machine.
            #/dev/sda2: UUID="8b84f2a1-4593-4961-a47f-9600ca07361a" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="498a7541-fc6a-40a7-9b61-6313f3a47555"
            #in my case it is sda2 - 

root@mint ~ $ mkdir /mnt/boot

root@mint ~ $ mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/boot   #Partition ID found by running sudo blkid 

root@mint ~ $ mount --rbind /dev /mnt/boot/dev

root@mint ~ $ mount --rbind /sys /mnt/boot/sys

root@mint ~ $ mount -t proc none /mnt/boot/proc

root@mint ~ $ /usr/sbin/chroot /mnt/boot /bin/bash

root@mint ~ $ echo "nameserver" >> /etc/resolv.conf

root@mint ~ $ source /etc/profile

root@mint ~ $ export PS1="\[\033[1;33m\]chroot to ->\[\033[1;31m\](system) #\[\e[0m\] "
    #I did manage to get root command line before when trying to change my Bios login order and I did the following  
    #purge xscreensaver, apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, apt-get autoremove - but I didn't get to installing Cinnamon before I exited.
    #If you don't know that your system is up to date, or if you have conflicting software - then use purge and use the apt-get commands to take care of that before going onto the last steps....

 @chroot ~ $ apt-get install --reinstall cinnamon

 @chroot ~ $ apt-get install --reinstall cinnamon-screensaver

 @chroot ~ $ apt-get install --reinstall mint-meta-cinnamon

 @chroot ~ $ exit   #to get back to root@mint ~ $

root@mint ~ $ sudo reboot
I hope this helps someone else.

It's a very good skill to learn how to repair one's system from a Live USB boot.


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