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Help with Reinstallation
« on: September 07, 2011, 04:01:50 am »
Hi all,
I had to do a full reinstall after a failed motherboard. It had been running relatively stably until recently. In any event, I installed this on a AMD 990FX MB with a 6 core Phenom II, 4 GB ram and an old Nvidia 8400 GS. I also have 4 1TB hard drives in a RAID 5 array mounted on home, and a 500GB disk for the OS. I installed 08.10 using the DVD (version 23858). I upgraded the r8169 ethernet driver to the r8168 using thishttp://wiki.hetzner.de/index.php/Installation_of_r8168_network_driver. Make sure you do the
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update-initramfs -v -u -k `uname -r`at the end or it won't stick. Also, took a while to get the iptables, dansguardian, squid, firewall working correctly. I had to make sure that the ip_forwarding was on before it all worked http://www.ducea.com/2006/08/01/how-to-enable-ip-forwarding-in-linux/. I finally have the interwebs working (to much happiness from the family;) however, I still have a couple of issues.

1. Cannot add diskless mds. There is no /usr/pluto/diskless directory. I tried invoking Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh however it puked on dependency issues with Mythtv. I am using a separate mythtv installation so I just commented out lines 188-194. It finishes running but there still is no /usr/pluto/diskless directory structure. If I start a diskless md, it looks like it starts finding the vmlinuz, etc. then pukes, saying it cannot connect.
2. When I boot, I cannot get the windows manager to start. It crashes back to the tty. I tried starting the AVWizard but it also crashes. I tried using the 1-5 keys with no results. I have been able to get the Orbiter (Core/Hybrid) running by running /usr/pluto/bin/Startup_Core-Hybrid.sh. however it opens as 640x480. I tried the nvidia-settings program but it does not allow me to change the resolution. The /etc/X11/xorg.conf has device as "nvidia" and one modeline for 640x480.

Any ideas on how to fix these two issues?

Thanks for any and all help in advance.

DoTheDog

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 02:44:28 pm »
Just a little more detail on the MD  issue. I have two different mb's, One is a Via C7 1.5 GHz with a RTL8110  dual nic  (I have disabled one in bios). This one now kernel panics when I try to start it. The other is an intel atom 330 with an RTL8111 nic. this one loads the r8168 module then errors out with, "Cannot connect to router. Rebooting in 5 seconds". I'm guessing that  since I blacklisted the r8169 module and updated the initramfs on the core, when I reran the Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh, it removed the r8169 module and included the r8168?  Will it help to blacklist the r8168 and redo the initramfs, run the Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh then put it back?

also on the second X issue. Should I just update to the latest proprietary Nvidia linux driver? Or will that break things?

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011, 02:05:01 am »
Am I understanding you right in that you have not managed to get the core to load the avwizard?

If so then you will have all sorts of problems.

After the av wiazrd is run it will then launch the setup wizards where you get sarah and you setup your system.

There are a load of packages installed at this point. If these have not run I would expect the system to be in an unusable state.

I would advise if this is the case to try and work out why the avwixard is not running on the core and get this runnning first.

Once the core is fully running and setup then look at mds.

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2011, 02:31:45 pm »
fibres,
Thanks for the reply. I have run the setup wizard. So I have set up all the rooms etc. I have not been able to get the avwizard to start. X either doesn't start or crashes. Probably the latter. Any Ideas how to troubleshoot that?

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2011, 10:27:04 pm »
I think im missing something here.

How have you gone through the setup wizard if X will not start?

The x window does not load until after the avwizard has run.

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011, 10:31:16 pm »
I would suggest trying a re-install.

Install the dvd. After it boots into kubuntu, install the proprietory nvidia drivers if you have an nvidia card and install the R8168 driver.
Follow these instructions for the card.
http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/R8168

Leave the Raid array and everything else and run the linuxmce icon.

enter the root password to get this running, If an error message pops up in a new window straight away ignore it. DO NOT CLICK as it breaks things.

Leave it until the script finishes running and reboot.

The av-wizard should start straight up.

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011, 02:32:22 pm »
fibres ,
Thanks for the reply. In answer to your first post. Yeah, it is a bit wierd. When I boot straight up, it looks like X crashes, and I get a blank screen. If I alt-F2, log in and run /usr/pluto/bin/Startup_Core-Hybrid.sh then it starts up, I get an Orbiter, and I can start KDE from there. What I can't do is change the resolution. It is stuck at 640x480. If I try to manually start the AVWizard it crashes to a blank screen.

I guess I could try reinstalling. The only thing I didn't do as per your instructions was install the proprietary nvidia  driver before hitting the Install LinuxMCE button. I just used the 195 driver that gets installed with it. Would you use envy? or just run the NVIDIA....sh installer?

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2011, 03:06:06 am »
Ok, so I am reinstalling everything. I have gotten kubuntu 0810 on, with the latest nvidia proprietary driver. One question though. I updated my /boot/grub/sources.list to this:
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deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ intrepid  main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ intrepid  main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ intrepid-updates  main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ intrepid-updates  main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://deb.linuxmce.org/ubuntu/ intrepid  beta2
deb http://debian.slimdevices.com/ stable  main
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ intrepid  free non-free
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ intrepid-security  main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ intrepid-security  main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ intrepid  main universe multiverse
deb http://deb.linuxmce.org/ubuntu/ replacements_debian  main
deb http://deb.linuxmce.org/ubuntu/ 20dev_ubuntu  main
from here: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Installing_0810

After a sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get dist-upgrade it only adds a handful of packages and there is no 2.6.27-17 kernel. Am I missing something? I don't want to hit the Linuxmce button until the kernel version is updated...

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2011, 07:18:06 am »
Ok, so I reinstalled, had some issues with it booting to the wrong partition, but I think I have that straightened out. The issue is that after updating Kubuntu, and running the NVIDIA...280.run file, it installs fine in Kubuntu. But when I reboot then hit the Linuxmce button, on reboot, I get nothing to tty7. It also appears that LMCE is installing nvidia driver version 195. which is probably part of my problem. Is there a way to stop LMCE from installing 195?

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2011, 04:13:20 pm »
Ok, that was a bit wierd, I think I got the 195 nvidia driver working by using the restricted driver manager in kde. jockey-kde, activate the driver reboot and it looks to be working. Never had to do that before...It usually just worked.

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Re: Help with Reinstallation
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2011, 05:33:02 pm »
crossing fingers: looks like part of my problem was that I was using the vga port out of my video card. For some reason, no matter what number I pushed, it didn't want to work. So I put on a vga->dvi gender bender pushed 1 and low and behold it is now installing .
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