the sysresccd was a bum stare. How many times have you actually used this utility on pre-Millenial Dell laptops?
Segmentation Fault untarring the hotplug firmware and unceremoniously hung.
Perhaps some more caution before bandying advice about third party disk tools? I was expecting at least a hardware question or two
but your misplaced confidence spurred me on.
Anybody else got ideas for disk partioning utilities for a Dell '99 era laptop, only ever had linux redhat on it? See previous discussion for what I'm wanting to do.
Hello all, a longtime lurker here,
I have an old Dell Laptop that has faithfully run various versions of Redhat over the years. The current hardrive in it has Rh7.3 that I'd like to keep on there for a while yet but I'd also like to put Xubuntu on the same hard drive, tried out the CD test and like it. The drive is currently partitioned with a separate boot, swap space and rest on root (/), all ext3 and no other system has ever been near it ;).
Several questions arise:
i) can I adjust the partitions of the hardrive to shrink the current root (/), create a new partion to install the Xubunutu on and set-up GRUB bootloader to give me a choice of which system to boot from? Is the best tool to do this fdisk or is there something else out now?
ii) will I risk losing any of the current data in "/"?
(As always will do a full system back-up first but what's the chances?)
iii) will the systems need separate swap drive partitions or will Xubunutu recognise the current swap partition set-up?
(No idea if or where config for this would be)
iv) can i also partition a new section for to mount the current /home that both systems will then recognise as the new /home?
(Just mount table config here I'm picking)
Thanx for any help,
Thanks for the advice
I tried alt control F1 which gave me a command line - and allowed me to log in to a console, however, as I was typing the commands, it then automatically went back to the graphical interface. I then loggin in using the recovery mode which allowed me to run the
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
this seemed to run until it listed a syntax error with "freemed" which might be an application I tried to install in the past - it then exited back to the command line.
When I rebooted, it gave me the same screen - however, it tried to go past it, the screen would flash blank then white and then back to the cream blank screen. Eventually it popped up a box with:
"The greeter application appears to be crashing - attempting to use a different one"
After I clicked OK, the same thing happened - eventually sticking on the blank cream screen again.
John Torrance wrote:
> > I have upgraded my ubuntu to 6.10. The problem is that after the logo,
> > the login freezes with a blank cream coloured screen prior to the login
> > stage. Does anyone know how to remedy this?
Does it eventually get to the login screen or not? It's not obvious from
Sorry, I should have been more specific - no, it just hangs - I am unable to log on hence my concern. I could do a fresh install but then I would loose everything on the computer. Thanks for the advice John, but I am an illiterate and the logs, even if I could work out how to boot into safe mode, would be meaningless. With regard to the Graphics card however, the computer has always run fine with all the previous Ubuntu releases that I have used
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