I unfortunately removed the original Firefox directory when having problems installing 6 before I arrived at this post and I now have a black screen with a white cursor on my Aspire One. Is this situation recoverable or would it require a fresh install??
As you may have already inferred, I am a bit of a Linux novice :-[
The bad news is that if you UNINSTALLED firefox 2 (without using the nodeps option)… the system CANNOT be fixed and you will have to do a complete system restore, either from the DVD that came with your AA1, or by downloading the disk image from the above link, and using it to create a USB installer… instructions are on the above link.
Before doing that… do you understand what I mean by UNINSTALLED firefox 2, as opposed to just deleting the /usr/lib/firefox-220.127.116.11 directory ?
The (semi) good news is that if it does require a complete reinstallation of the OS… there is a way to backup any files you may want to keep… again, instructions are in the above link.
If you have any further questions, feel free to ask… preferably BEFORE attempting a fix
No, I hadn’t used any uninstaller, I had deleted a directory. I think it was /home/opt/firefox. I feel more than a bit stupid now that I wasn’t paying proper attention to what I was deleting, but at least I won’t forget in a hurry not to be such an idiot :-[
which seemed to be a permissions problem (the firefox folder had owner as root)
Tried to su root, but didn’t know the password. Read something that said I could change it by entering sudo su and passwd. Did so, forging ahead like a bull in a china shop. That had no effect so I deleted the firefox directory (/home/opt/firefox I think) and rebooted, when it all went Pete Tong. Reading that back I guess it could have been the passowrd change that caused the problem… I am to green to have a clue though.
There is no search bar, just a black screen and a cursor.
Thanks for the url’s. I’ll have a read through and be sure to post back here for advice before I have another attack of stupiditis.
Sorry, shouldn’t have said cursor, it is a black screen and a pointer. No cursor, nowhere to enter commands.
And yes, I see how changing the password in that fashion may not have been prudent now… I am learning all of the time!
I can get a command prompt from the spalsh screen. There is quite a lot of files listed from the ls command you asked me to type, plenty of which have gone off of the top of the screen. The last two lines were:
drwx------ 2 root root 4096 2011-09-16-16:01 .wh..wh.plink
-rwxr-xr-x 1 user user 2616 2008-08-19 19:28 .XHKeys
+ Done startxfce4
Would you like the rest of the output? Can I pause the listing to the screen length?
OK, I have a Windows PC, having been posting here from it.
I downloaded an AA1 recovery disk linked to in one of your other posts from xroot.org if it comes to that… I need to recover some files first, assume a bootable flash drive with a LiveCD image on it will be the easiest way to gain access to my files? Do you have any links to resources for making such a bootable flash drive?
Thanks very much for your help and your patience, much appreciated.
Then all you have to do is boot from the USB stick, by either setting USB as the first boot device in the BIOS, or hitting the “boot device selection key” when you switch your PC on then selecting the USB stick… usually the F10 key but varies from manufacturer to manufacturer… and when asked, select “Try Ubuntu” rather than “Install Ubuntu”.
Go ahead and create the Ubuntu LiveCD… meanwhile I’ll look into ways to repair the .ICEauthority file… so once you’ve created it, before doing anything with it, come back here and check to see if I’ve found an easier solution to a full reinstall.
But it will be handy to have the LiveUSB anyway… at the very least it will give you access to the files you want to back up, and allow us to run fsck.
You’re going to need 2 USB sticks… one to boot Ubuntu from, and another to copy your files to.
I’m looking into creating another user on your AA1, so the new user has its own home folder and therefore its own .ICEauthority file.