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GT3RS

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Installation Problems!! SOLVED!!!!
« on: October 03, 2016, 12:22:29 am »

Hi All,

I'm a complete luddite when it comes to this kind of stuff, so please be gentle with me!!

Tried to install Vector Linux 7.1 Standard.

Ended up with 3 partitions and completely wiped my Windows recovery, so at the moment, I'm pretty screwed.

Current situation:

I use the boot disk OK.

At the moment, CFdisk gives the following error:

FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 2: Partition ends in the final partial cylind
Press any key to exit cfdisk.

When I go in GParted I see 3 partitions:

/dev/sda1       linux-swap     HDA1      512 MiB
/dev/sda2       linux-swap     hda2       4.88 GiB
/dev/sda3       linux-swap     hda3       227.50 GiB

Would really appreciate simple, step by step instructions of how to get me out of this mess and complete the install!!

Many thanks in advance!!!

Rob
« Last Edit: October 04, 2016, 12:53:38 pm by GT3RS »
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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 02:12:35 am »

Hi
It looks like all of your partitions are swap files which are used like ram and handy if you have low ram. I usually make this equal to or twice the physical ram so if the system has 2 gig ram I may make a 4 gig swap file. if you have lots of ram then you could choose not to include a swap file.

the sda1 partition should be a primary ext4 partition for your install of the os, some may use an alternative but ext4 is common and stable in my opinion.

the third partition is am guessing was intended as a home partition or a storage drive where you save all your stuff. a good idea and should also be ext4. you may choose the size of these depending on your interests

so use gparted or boot your install cd and choose custom and create your swap and storage partitions. alternatively you may choose automatic which will automatically install to a single partition with I think a small swap. it will not create a storage partition for you, so custom will be the choice for that.

be sure to include both passwords when prompted for user name and passwords, one is for the user and one for root..some not paying attention think it is a retype of a single password but are not paying attention.

you will do fine but post if my advice sucks and I will try to save face....

cheers
« Last Edit: October 03, 2016, 02:18:11 am by overthere »
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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2016, 02:29:19 am »

Regarding you loss of windows, if you want to reinstall it then you will require an ntfs partition flagged boot to reinstall ...for xp forward, if you had win 9x you would choose fat32. any legit windows is easily reinstalled. if you want to dual boot install the windows first on the first partition and then install Linux.

perhaps i talk to much..feel free to ask questions you actually want an answer for.

cheers
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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2016, 05:55:03 am »

Many thanks for the replies!

However, I'm afraid you made the mistake of thinking I have the SLIGHTEST idea of what's going on here!!! :o :o :o

I'm using GParted and/or cfdisk, although they both tell me different things!!

I've managed to get cfdisk to show me:

sda1                      primary         swap            509.97
sda2    boot            primary         Linux            5000.98
sda3                      primary         Linux            244545.80

But GParted shows:

/dev/sda1              linux-swap                       486.31 MiB
/dev/sda2              unknown     /mnt/sda2       4.66 GiB
/dev/sda3              unknown     /mnt/sda3       227.75 GiB
Unallocated            unallocated                      2.49 MiB

The instructions on Vector's website seem to refer to older versions.

I'm completely stuck here with a laptop that won't do anything!!

I know this makes me a HUGE pain in the ass, but could someone give me, or point me to step by step instructions that a complete and utter idiot can understand!!!

OR........... instructions how to get Windows back!!!

Many thanks,

Rob
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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2016, 08:30:39 am »

Hi GT3RS, and welcome.  :)

Sorry to hear you are having problems, we'll do what we can to help.

Please bear with me and answer some questions that will help me understand better.

- Is there only one hard drive in this computer?
- You chose the "advanced" option during the install and created these partitions, right?
- If the above assumptions are correct, recovering Windows will require you to re-install from scratch. Do you have an install disc for it, and a COA sticker with a legible product key (usually on the bottom of a laptop), or a record of it somewhere else?
- Have you tried to do the Vector install again, and choose the "automatic" option?


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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2016, 09:51:27 am »

First time, I tried with 7.1 and the screens I was presented with looked nothing like the instructions.

Then I tried Lite and there was an automatic option. I selected this. It went all the way through, but now I get a "failed to start x server" error.

Yes, 1 hard drive on this machine.

No Windows recovery disk. Product key on bottom of Laptop worn away. Windows is gone forever it seems, no matter how much I want it back..............
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2016, 12:33:43 pm »

Alright, we're zeroing in on the issue then.

Unfortunately, the documentation has not kept up with current product. :(  You can just disregard those old instructions.

Since you now have Light installed, can you select "TUI" on boot and log in as root? If that is the case, you can work using the command line. Is that something you are willing to try?
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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2016, 12:37:49 pm »

Yes! Willing to try anything!!!

Managed to log in to root............... :D

It's showing me: root:#

What next!!??
« Last Edit: October 03, 2016, 12:53:06 pm by GT3RS »
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2016, 01:27:52 pm »

Very good!  ;D

First just try command "startx" to see if X may start.

If not, issue command
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lspci | grep VGAand post the output here
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GT3RS

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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2016, 09:22:33 pm »

Got a LONG error message to the first command [I'm trying to figure out a way of showing you without having to type it all out!], and the second command said:

-bash: 1spci: command not found

Many thanks for your help BTW!
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2016, 09:42:32 pm »

OK. Tried it with a photo, but it's no good, so I'll type the output from the command: startx

xauth: file /root/.serverauth.2861 does not exist
xauth: file /root/.Xauthority does not exist
xauth: file /root/.Xauthority does not exist

_XSERVTransSocketOpenCOTSServer: Unable to open socket for inet6
_XSERVTransOpen: transport open failed for inet6/vlocity.linux.vnet:0
_XSERVTransMakeA11COTSServerListeners: failed to open listener for inet6

X.Org X Server 1.16.3
Release Date: 2014-12-20
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Vectorlinux 7.2 VectorLinux Project
Current Operating System: Linux vlocity.linux.vnet 3.18.16 #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Jun 16 16:29:26 CDT 2015 x86_64
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/umlinuz-3.18.16 root=/dev/sda1 ro 2
Build Date: 04 June 2015 11:10:55PM

Current version of pixman: 0.28.2

Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unkown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Tue Oct 4 07:16:50 2016
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
lp. (EE) Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information. (EE) (EE) Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.at http://wiki.x.org for he......[disappears off my screen!]
xinit: giving up
xinit: unable to connect to X server: Connection refused
xinit: server error
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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2016, 03:35:30 am »

Hi again, happy to be of help. I didn't expect you to type that much text, but the output did tell me which version you downloaded and installed.

The text in the code box is "lspci", with a lowercase L, not the number 1. Would you try that again, please?

Also, what are the specs of that machine (make and model, or CPU and RAM info)?
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Re: Installation Problems!!
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2016, 03:43:50 am »

OK!

Now I'm getting:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.  [AMD/ATI]  RV620/M82 [Mobility Radeon HD 3450/3470].

Laptop is HP Pavilion dv7-113eo.

Think its dual core Athlon with 3gb RAM.
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2016, 03:55:56 am »

That is a nice machine, it will run Linux just great.  :)

Since the hardware should be compatible, I'm don't know why X is not running, something may have gone wrong during installation.

One way to filter out the noise is with the grep command. How about trying:
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grep '(EE)' /var/log/Xorg.0.log
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2016, 04:10:29 am »

.. another nice trick with the Linux terminal is tab completion. Just for kicks, instead of typing the whole path, do:
grep '(EE)' /va and then press the Tab key, see what happens (if you see nothing, press Tab again, and it will show you what is available).
So for this example, it would be:
grep '(EE)' /va[Tab]/log/X[Tab]

Remember that Linux is case sensitive, "Xorg" is different from "xorg".
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