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31642Re: [LINUX_Newbies] No Boot after upgrade

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  • Linux Canuck
    Apr 16, 2014
      There are tricks Linux users use when these things happen. I have had many upgrades go wrong over the years and have had to re-install a few times, but have never lost anything but the time involved to fix it. Windows is no better this way, except things can go wrong in more ways. People do get corrupted registries and corrupted file systems and do lose data. Linux has its peculiarities but it is more secure and things are sandboxed better to protect data if something major should occur.

      The recovery mode from grub, booting an older kernel, and the Live disk can fix most problems. If that is not enough there are many Linux distributions that are made to fix Windows problems as well as Linux ones. It is about using the right tool for the right job and that comes with practice. Making mistakes is how we grow. I don't know how many times I have said, "Well, I won't do that again!"

      Making comparisons and looking back is harmful to growth. Things are the way they are for good reasons. That applies to Windows, Linux and OS/X. It is best to appreciate the unique nature of what you are using and go from there.

      The first thing in Linux is to realize that, barring hardware failure, you can recover data and start fresh with minimum loss of time. It installs faster and more easily than any other OS. The second thing to remember is the Live media is worth keeping around for fixing problems and re-installing. You can even use it for working on to get help or until your system is back in order. No other OS has a Live disk.

      On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:18:11 AM, "loyal_barber@..." <loyal_barber@...> wrote:

      ---In LINUX_Newbies@yahoogroups.com, <linuxcanuck@...> wrote :

      > You cannot remove the upgrade easily and it can cause more problems than it resolves. The likely cause is 
      > a partial upgrade. I would try to fix that instead.

      <snip> Note: This is exactly the way Windows works also.  You cannot install Win 7 then decide to Uninstall it and go back to XP.  You would have to go through a re-install with XP.  

      That said, you can either chalk this up to experience or try to work your way through what is wrong.  If you 
      are a newbie, I would suggest the former.  Why? Because you will get to a usable system much faster. 
      Learning should be a gradual process not like a busted machine that hangs over your head.  Besides, after a 
      few installs you begin to understand who is boss.  You are, and not the O/S or the machine.  By feeling free
      to smack the computer around when it misbehaves your now own it instead of it owning you.  You 
      will lose that fear of "what if something goes wrong."


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