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“Generating grub.cfg” won’t finish….

A brand new installation of Kubuntu 10.04 always requires updates, including an updated kernel. The new kernel forces synaptic to run grub-update. My problem was that it just wouldn’t finish! It would hang at “Generating grub.cfg.” I finally figured out: unplug the usb cable to my printer, which has an SD slot in it for picture cards. Once I did that, and did a “sudo dpkg –configure -a” in Konsole, the update could finish as normal. I wonder if that is what made Mint 9 KDE installation keep halting at “Looking for other operating systems…” Hmmm. I’ll have to give that a try…

Update: I tried the Mint installation again, but I had to physically disconnect my second hard drive (where I keep my /home directory) and install to the entire first hard drive (no more Kubuntu) before I could get it to install completely. I kept getting stuck at “looking for other OS’s… ” when it was trying to install grub to the main hard drive’s MBR (master boot record). And THEN, as soon as I went to update the new Mint, I was stuck again at “generating grub.cfg… ” The workaround I finally found (somewhere on Ubuntu forums, I think) was to append this line to the bottom of /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=true

Then I was able to reboot, update through Synaptic, and it configured the new kernel, updated grub.cfg, etc. without a hiccup.

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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Fedora 10 still ornery…

I attempted to enable desktop effects, but that made my screen go black, then white. I had to “CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE” to shut down KDE and log in again as root, navigate to /home/les/.kde/share/config/kwinrc.

There I changed

[Compositing]
Enabled=true

to:

[Compositing]
Enabled=false

and rebooted. That got me up and running again without compositing. (Who needs wobbly windows anyway?)

I suspect I haven’t got the non-free nvidia drivers installed. I’ll have to look into that, iffen I can ever get Synaptic to run. Synaptic just won’t start. It will get as far as asking for my root password, then nothing happens. Maybe I’ll try Kpackage, if there is one for KDE 4.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Attempting to install Fedora 10 KDE 64bit version…

In a moment of weakness, I decided to see what distributions were out there that came with KDE 4.1.x. I’d prefer KDE 4.2, but the only distro I saw that had 4.2 was OpenSuse, and I’m not comfortable going there. After hunting around a bit, I decided to give Fedora a home on my hard drive.

My hard drive is laid out like so:

sda1: Windows Vista (NTFS)

sda2: Mepis 8 rc2 (fully updated) (ext3)

sda3: /home (ext3)

sda5: Fedora 10 (ext3)

Once Fedora was installed, I could not boot in as a normal user until I  disabled selinux.

Then there were no packages shown in KPackagekit, so to add Firefox or synaptic I had to “yum install firefox” in a terminal (after su command and password). Then I did “yum install synaptic.” Synaptic, however fails to start. Fishing around a bit told me that there were no repositories listed in /etc/apt.conf. Where am I going to find out what repositories to use? Going to have to look into that.

My next issue was that Fedora made Mepis unbootable, and I had to restore grub with Mepis 8. Once grub was restored, I could not write to Mepis 8’s /home/les, making it unusable. Then, restoring write permissions to /home/les/ in Mepis 8 with the chown and chmod commands¬† made Fedora 10 unbootable, due to “no write access to knotifyrc” or something like that.

I think I need to install Fedora on a partition that is big enough to contain its own /home. I’d really like to give it a chance… it looks great, but without the ability to add and remove software with either Kpackagekit or Synaptic, what good is it? I can’t get to OpenOffice (yum reports no such package: openoffice, openoffice.org, etc.)

Well, I have to work two twelve hour shifts between now and 6am Thursday. I probably won’t be playing with Fedora 10 before Thursday night.

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Posted by on December 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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