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Old 11-25-2008, 08:17 PM   #1
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newer updates breaking my video driver

I finally figured out how to use safe mode to run the xorg.conf to get to the right video driver. As I got it running, I made the mistake of downloading and installing updates before logging off to finish the video driver. It hung up on reboot. When started it had multiple entrees for the same files and wanted to delete these and I said yes. It is gutsy gibbon, and when it boots now, after the login screen the only thing on the screen is the mouse. Can I retrieve those lost files? I had a lot of good stuff on that distro darn it. Oh, I tried once before to update my previous distro of Gutsy to Hardy and will never do that again without a clean install.
Old 11-26-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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I am not sure what you have done to cause this (not enough infrmation supplied), but your computer still boots = good!
I had a lot of good stuff on that distro darn it
One way to solve your problem.
Let it boot.
Plug in an external disk.
Switch to a terminal with<CTRL><ALT><F2>
Login as yourself.
You'll be at a console prompt (sorry, but learn to deal with the basics if you want to be able to rescue this sort of situation).
Copy your essential files to the external disk.
Then start repairing the problem, once you have your essential personal data safely backed up.
Oh, I tried once before to update my previous distro of Gutsy to Hardy and will never do that again without a clean install.
Yes, a clean install is the way to go (after you have backed up your old home, then you can reload your needed data files)
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