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Old 10-28-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Exclamation Help me get this os off my laptop!!!!


Sabayon has got me trapped, and it's so buggy on my system that I can't use it as my regular OS.

So here are my specs, and what's happening.

I have an HP Pavillion dv6-7010US laptop with an AMD A8 APU. My big issue with Sabayon right now is that a. every time I try to update the OS, I get greeted on boot with the whole "localhost login" console, which keeps rejecting my root password... there's also other parts of the OS that keep rejecting my root password, while most parts of it accept it just fine b. Despite following every single piece of advice and every guide I can find on installing the official ATI drivers, I ALWAYS get greeted with a black screen on reboot c. it keeps overheating my laptop and causing it to shut off, possibly due to the lack of the official driver (other distros do the same thing until I get the official driver installed... I blame the generic radeon driver for this). Additionally, I have no sound. It's normally not a big deal by itself, because I'm used to having to fix my sound driver on various distros, but in this case, on top of everything else, it's just a little bit too much over the top.

Right now, all I have is a usb drive, so I have to stick to live USB installations to install distros. However, every time I try to install unetbootin on Sabayon, it takes forever and a day to do it and blacks out my screen before it can finish. I've tried leaving it alone, but my screen remains black until I cold reboot. And of course, then I'm back to square 1 on installing the necessary software to set up a new distro on my USB drive.

Additionally, I really need to get Ubuntu back on here because I made the discovery a little too late that their encryption doesn't seem to be compatible with any other distros, so I'm locked out of my original home folder. I've tried to manually access it, but get told every time that my home partition doesn't exist. The only thing I know to do is use a live session of Ubuntu to move the files over to another profile that isn't encrypted.

Sabayon used to be one of my favorite distros, but this version has seriously got me frustrated with all the bugs I'm encountering. This doesn't even cover half of the issues I'm having with it. I don't know if it's my new hardware since my last installation of it or what, but it's driving me batty.

I know someone out there has to have some good ideas on how to help me out of this mess... please do help, I will be forever appreciative for it. I have college classes that started today and I'm already a day behind because of this.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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If Windows is in the mix. Restore Windows MBR first. Then reboot to make sure Windows boots OK, Then use Windows partition Manager to delete and format Sabayon partition.

If no Windows in the Mix, Just install distro of choice via usb and unetbootin over the sabayon partition and be done with it.

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Linux works great on this laptop. Be aware however that if you purchase this laptop you will need to use a distribution that sports the latest kernel, as Linux has only recently gotten support for hybrid graphics. Distributions I recommend are Linux Mint 13+ or any Ubuntu 12.04 derivative, Sabayon 8+, and Fedora 17+. Also be aware that the fingerprint scanner won't work in Linux because fingerprint scanner support hasn't been updated in years. Besides that everything works perfectly in Linux.
AS I GRIN

http://www.xjonquilx.com/2012/06/hp-...ood-solid.html

Just a edit> is there no recovery partition that you can use to restore the HP back to stock state also?

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Old 10-28-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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And I'm grinning because you obviously didn't read my post...

Unetbootin won't install... that's what this post was all about...

And I'm *obviously* well aware that Sabayon is using a late enough kernel that the APU shouldn't be a problem, as *yes* I did write that article and I have a *very* good memory of my past writing. Yet it seems to be anyway...

Please, I'm not looking for attitude. I'm just looking for some *useful* advice. I laid my cards out on the table on everything, from what tools I have to hardware to the problems I'm having... I even included the reasons why I'm wanting to ditch the OS in case someone knows of something that may be the magic key to all my troubles, in which case I'm willing to keep it on here.

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Old 10-28-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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Nope, that partition has been gone for a long time since I don't use Windows in anything but VM. Thanks for catching up.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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Forgot about emerge in Sabayon. Trying to install it via that now....
 
Old 10-28-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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So if no Unetbootin. What about burning a DVD. I am not giving attitude though maybe it looks like I am. I am just a Linux using Biker who has bailed himself out of situations like yours with no problemo.

Even a Live DVD should at least give you a Desktop. Even safe graphics mode like using the generic vesa driver.

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This is the screen where we can enter in your boot parameters aka "cheat codes". We want to hit F5 and now you see the box that is displaying in the options. We don't want to mess with any thing that is already in that box, we just want to simply add to it, so hit ESCAPE and place your cheat code" at the end of the line. You will adjust that to what ever you need for your hardware, now hit Enter - - Also see Boot Parameters at this page

https://wiki.sabayon.org/index.php?t...yon_LiveCD/DVD

Even a DVDRW disc should suffice from a friend or local dollar store.

I change boot parameters myself when needed to get a functioning desktop.

2nd edit> all the searching I do on your model of laptop brings up your site so kinda hard to say anything here.

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Old 10-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #7
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*sigh* Not working...

First I tried emerge:

emerge --ask unetbootin
emerge: there are no ebuilds to satisfy "unetbootin".

emerge: searching for similar names... nothing similar found.

So next came ebuild (after downloading it to my home folder of course)...

ebuild unetbootin-585.ebuild fetch

Appending / to PORTDIR_OVERLAY...
ebuild: /home/username/unetbootin-585.ebuild: does not seem to have a valid PORTDIR structure

Perhaps I'm doing something wrong here. It's been a LONG time since I used portage, and I don't recall having ever successfully pulled off a manual ebuild installation.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
So if no Unetbootin. What about burning a DVD. I am not giving attitude though maybe it looks like I am. I am just a Linux using Biker who has bailed himself out of situations like yours with no problemo.

Even a Live DVD should at least give you a Desktop. Even safe graphics mode like using the generic vesa driver.




https://wiki.sabayon.org/index.php?t...yon_LiveCD/DVD

Even a DVDRW disc should suffice from a friend or local dollar store.

I change boot parameters myself when needed to get a functioning desktop.

2nd edit> all the searching I do on your model of laptop brings up your site so kinda hard to say anything here.
Thank you for clarifying that... I'm just kind of accustomed to being blown off when I try to get support from Linux sites, which is why you won't see me here very often. So I am sorry if I seemed a bit rude, I just thought it was happening yet again. I usually am able to bail myself out of my issues, too. I'm no programmer or "Linux guru" by far, just a long time user that enjoys the stability, security, and lack of maintenance once the system is in place (as well as the multitude of choices in software and configuration). I'm a little more limited than normal here, though...

No DVDs. No external hard drives. No OS discs of any kind. Just a USB thumb drive. I relocated recently and haven't gotten all my "tools" out of storage yet. I can drop my classes for another week, but I'm trying to avoid that as I've dropped them several times already.

I'm pretty well mentally kicking myself right now for deciding to switch OSes while so close to starting a new round of classes AND not having my usual arsenal. I just got an odd hankering to go back to Gnome, and I don't really like installing desktop environments by themselves because it always seems to bring clutter in to my programs... seems better to just install an OS that uses the desired DE by default. I really did not expect to have these kinds of problems with Sabayon. Yes, I've had my fair share of hiccups with it since it's a bleeding edge distro, but it's never been THIS bad. :-/

I'm probably going to end up compiling it manually from the tarbell if I can't get portage to cooperate, but I really do *hate* compiling...

And unfortunately, since I'm at the butt end of my pay period AND the month, I'm broke as a joke at the moment.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 09:19 PM   #9
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Ok, new thought...

Maybe something will get fixed in the latest updates if I can complete those successfully. Since updating via rigo didn't work, I'm going to try updating via equo, only since the problem *might* be with rigo and equo themselves, I'm going to update them first. Then I'm going to update the configuration before doing an actual upgrade. Maybe, just maybe, using equo and taking the more cautious approach will get me somewhere...

*fingers crossed*

I know I probably should have thought of that first, LOL, but it's been a while since I've had update issues.

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Old 10-28-2013, 09:24 PM   #10
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I hate being crippled myself though I am not in skool (too old and broke and set in my ways).

My latest flash drive adventure

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/vie...2576&start=270

It even has AMD processors and 4gig of ram with onboard ati graphics and I run off of a 128MB SD card with a save file on the internal hard drive.

Maybe you can skin this cat this way without unetbootin.

Like using dd instead with a Linux hybrid iso (lot's of them)
or
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/InstallationFrugal
 
Old 10-28-2013, 09:36 PM   #11
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Hi,

you don't necessarily need unetbootin (or similar) to make a live or installer usb stick. This is the case for Debian.

It can be as simple as:
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wget http://somwhere/path/to/debian.iso
cp debian.iso /dev/sdX
See http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...h04s03.html.en

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