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Old 07-01-2010, 11:35 AM   #1
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Exclamation Linux Mint 7 bootup stalling with black screen & single blinking cursor.

I am trying to boot up Linux Mint 7 after a packages upgrade and it boots up but then it shows this and stalls.

localhost init: kdm main process ended, respawning
localhost init: kdm respawning too fast, stopped
And similar messages for GDM and then it just shows a black screen with a single blinking cursor on the middle left of the screen. I cannot do anything except press the CTR-ALT-DEL combination to re-boot, then it shows the usual shutting down messages and does the re-boot.

I am running the 2.6.28-19 kernel and I have upgraded the Ubuntu packages on my Linux Mint 7 system from Jaunty to Karmic. Please help as I do not want to re-install. I am running Knoppix 6.3 ATM and I should be able to chroot from that if necessary. I am booting from /sda1 that has Linux Mint 8 installed and grub 1.97.
Old 07-02-2010, 04:58 AM   #2
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it means kdm and gdm are not executable and cannot be installed.
boot off a live system, mount the 'real linux' filesystem and edit the respectiv runlevel scripts.

always boot into command line linux. then, after logging in, start the gui. if you cannot do without the gui, you in fact cannot do without 'The Other System'.


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