Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-28-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
Registered: Jan 2013
Location: New Jersey
Distribution: CentOS, Arch
Posts: 164

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
system crash, can't recover

hello all, i'm currently using debian 6.0 and i was customizing my setup and i wanted to use a torrent application. i chose in the get new applications window(i forget the name it looked like a water drop icon) and i was greeted with an error. further inspection of the error box said the details were : " dependency not installed: python-as(?)" .

at this point i went into terminal and SU to root and input the following

"apt-get install python-(whatever the diag said)"

It installed a massive amount of libraries and packages, after about 10 minutes the screen went black and i only had a mouse pointer and a flickering greyish screen. Resorting to microsoft mode i hit cntrl alt delete, not knowing if that would do anything, lol. after awhile the screen came back and said i needed to restart for the changes to take effect.

rebooted the machine and i was greeted to a screen with a cute desktop monitor with a frown face and a message saying "Oh no! Something has gone wrong." and the system could not recover.

moving forward, i really don't care if i have to re-install because i'm reading debian is kind of old at this point and there are better distro's with newer applications and such. But i would like to know what i did wrong if anyone can tell me.

also if anyone can suggest maybe a better distro. Linux Mint looks too pretty and gives off bad vibe(like too newbish). I like fedora but i can't get passed the weird desktop config.

any help would be great. thanks
Old 01-28-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
Registered: Jun 2011
Distribution: redhat, CentOS, OpenBSD
Posts: 298

Rep: Reputation: 98
Not that it solves your problem, but I am becoming a big CentOS fan. It has the look and feel of Red Hat, except of course, it only has community support. If you liked Fedora when it had the older gnome desktop, I think you would be happy with CentOS (you can also opt for a KDE desktop during the install).
Old 01-28-2013, 11:20 AM   #3
LQ Addict
Registered: Jul 2002
Location: East Centra Illinois, USA
Distribution: Debian stable
Posts: 5,891

Rep: Reputation: 351Reputation: 351Reputation: 351Reputation: 351
I'm running Deb now. I've had the same happen to me (the screen goes black, that is). It's something like a screensaver. When it happens, press enter to get back to the visual picture.

To try to recover from the crash, reboot. When the grub menu comes, quickly press the letter e (unless you have edited the timeout feature of grub to give yourself more decision making time). Pressing e will allow you to edit the grub boot parameters.

A boot prompt will appear in the lower of the screen. Even if you don't see it (on my setup it's difficuly to see), believe me it's there. Just type in "init 1" (that's init one, without the quotes), then press enter. That's to boot to text only root user mode to make repairs.

If you system boots to that point, run "fsck -t ext3" (without quotes, and assuming you installed Deb with the ext3 filesystem). That will hopefully recover the journal at the last sane state of the system and allow you to boot to GUI mode).

If fsck is successful, run startx to get to gui mode.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 01-28-2013 at 11:22 AM.
Old 01-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
Registered: Jan 2013
Location: New Jersey
Distribution: CentOS, Arch
Posts: 164

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
when i hit the E key, i get "gnu grub version 1.98+20100804-14+squeeze1

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ec0d290b-2907-4f96-blah blah
echo 'loading Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-amd64 root=UUID=ec0d290b-2907- blah blah
-665d32f57dac ro quiet
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ..."
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-5-amd64

okay looking at this i see i have ext2 not 3, so i rebooted to recovery and at root login i typed that command using ext2 instead(if i put ext3 it warned me of destroying data.)

it still boots with the same error.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
osx system crash, missing disk, how to recover? babag Other *NIX 3 03-01-2010 11:57 AM
Severe system crash and how to recover it! assasukasse Linux - General 9 01-25-2008 03:07 AM
Need to recover data from XP crash TravisB General 3 10-15-2004 10:03 PM
How can I recover from crash? glore Linux - Newbie 3 04-27-2004 09:49 AM
Recover from a crash Scrotonomous Linux - Newbie 2 05-17-2003 11:14 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:56 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration