[TriLUG] Debian 3.1 (Sarge) install CD (Is it yours?), and help request
rpbarlow at ncsu.edu
Mon Jul 11 15:37:56 EDT 2005
I don't kno w that the message means that the install is complete. It
seems to indicate that there was a problem with the previous log-in
attempt. Try this: CTL-ALT-F1 (This may or may not work in Debian, I use
Ubuntu and it does there...) It should give you a console log in instead
of a graphical log in. Does the user name and password work in this
screen? If so, this may help us to isolate the problem...
>Thank you TriLUG for the Installfest on Saturday. I
>know Installfests take a substantial amount of time
>(setting up the firewall, routers, hubs, CAT5 cables,
>surge protectors, and then doing the installs) and I
>appreciate your efforts.
>After I got home on Saturday, I found the Debian
>install CD (that had been used on my laptop) sitting
>in my CD-ROM drive. It's an install CD for 3.1
>(Sarge) and it’s labeled "Disc 1." I don't know who
>the CD belongs to, but if it’s yours, please let me
>know and I'll mail it back to you (or drop it off to
>you in Raleigh).
>I wish I could say that everything is running
>smoothly. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
>On Saturday, I was able to logon to the laptop. No
>problems. However, on Sunday morning, I could not
>logon under my username. (Yes, the password and
>username are correct!)
>Here's what happens when I try to logon...
>I type my username and password, and hit enter. The
>system deletes the username I have typed. It does not
>give me an error message. It does not load XFCE
>(which was installed on the laptop on Saturday). I am
>still at the logon screen.
>Just to experiment, I try to logon as "brown," a user
>that is not set up on the system, and I type a
>ficticious password. The system responds with "Login
>incorrect" (as it should). So, the system tells me
>when the login is incorrect...but when the login is
>CORRECT, it responds by deleting the login name (and
>it does not load XFCE).
>More experimentation...I log on as root, and type in
>the password. System logs me in, and loads XFCE. No
>So it recognizes root, but it does not recognize my
>username. Why is this happening? More importantly,
>how do I correct this?
>This morning (Monday), I tried to logon again. This
>time, I didn’t even get to the logon screen. Instead,
>I receive the following message...
>0280: Previous boot incomplete – Default configuration
>The system gives me two choices...
>F1 Boot, or
>F10 Computer setup.
>I powered the laptop off, not knowing which one to
>choose. Looks like the system is telling me that I
>will have to re-install Debian b/c the first install
>was not fully completed...? Is that right? How can
>I feel very frustrated right now, b/c I don't know
>what I'm doing, and I’m afraid to poke around for fear
>of messing something up.
>I consider myself fairly technical...at least more so
>than most people. I run a Wordpress blog which uses
>PHP & MySQL, I know HTML and CSS. I have created
>interactive games in Flash using Actionscript. I
>didn't think that installing Linux on a laptop would
>be problematic. Perhaps I was overly optimistic?!
>Are there generally ongoing issues after a Linux
>Please point me in the right direction. At this
>point, it looks like I may have to re-install
>everything again (given the error message I received).
> However, I don’t want to do this on my own since I'm
>Help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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