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Old 02-11-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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Computer Malfunction

Alright, my computer is bojangled. I know little about linux. I have Mandrake. I tried to install a new version of Quanta on my pc and messed it up big time. I used a command in the Quanta install guide that would let me have the beta and stable versions on my system here was the command: ./ -> Then my system froze. I killed the programs with ctrl alt f2. and the computer rebooted. I was then brought to the terminal (the one with the c-address login:.) I logged in as root and tried to get back to the kdesktop and received this message "kdesktop: error while loading shared libraries: /lib/ file too short". This message appears when I try to access just about everything. I am not good at navigating in command prompts, and now I am stuck in terminal. When I reboot, f2 and f12 will not get me to the boot options menu or the bios, I receive a keyboard failure message and cannot do anything until I get to the terminal. I am stuck. No GUI, no nothing. If any one can provide help please do so. keep in mind I cannot boot from cdrom or my XP that's on my hbd. I don't know a lot about linux, so if you provide help keep basic. I need my GUI back I am still learning about PC's. Please help me. If you have info thats in depth you can e-mail me at If your wondering I am accessing the internet through a friends pc. Thanks Josh.
Old 02-11-2005, 11:15 PM   #2
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Looks like that command hosed libz, which is a compression library. What you should probably do is mount your CDROM (insert it into the drive and type "mount /dev/cdrom") and find the zlib RPM file. Then cd to the directory where it is located and run "rpm -ivh --force <zlib RPM>", replacing <zlib RPM> with the exact name of the zlib RPM file. This will reinstall zlib and hopefully get you back in business. Hopefully, this advice is basic enough for you. If you have trouble just ask.
Old 03-10-2005, 05:45 PM   #3
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Good answer

I had the same prob and this solution solved it for me on Archlinux.


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