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Accidentally messed with network, after login linux gives a black screen?

asked 2014-02-25 16:03:37 -0600

sw3etsauce gravatar image

updated 2014-02-26 16:30:10 -0600

I was fixing my network using the gconf command and right after I did that I couldn't shut down or restart my computer on the desktop, so I turned it off manually. Now when my computer boots it shows a black screen like in the pic provided (without the system error window)

some info that I saved before the black screen:

[user@localhost ~]$ uname -a
Linux localhost #104 SMP PREEMPT Sat Jun 21 19:53:40 EDT 2008 i686 i686
i386 GNU/Linux
[user@localhost ~]$ cat /etc/*release
Fedora release 8 (Werewolf)
Linpus Linux Lite v1.0.3.E
Fedora release 8 (Werewolf)
Fedora release 8 (Werewolf)

* I haven't used this netbook (Acer Aspire One) in a long time until this week. My apologies that the date and year in the command line info provided throws you off.

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Why are you asking now about something that happened roughly 5.5 years ago?

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-02-25 16:45:28 -0600 )edit

@sideburns - it actually happened recently omg. My laptop is weird when it comes to setting the date and time..

sw3etsauce gravatar imagesw3etsauce ( 2014-02-25 20:33:36 -0600 )edit

Well, it does also say that you're running Fedora 8, which sounds about right for that long ago.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-02-26 01:05:06 -0600 )edit

Okay...I haven't updated my computer in a long time. This is completely irrelevant to my question. Why would I ask something that happened 5 years ago, completely illogical. LIKE I said, this computer isn't good with fixing the date and time ok.

sw3etsauce gravatar imagesw3etsauce ( 2014-02-26 02:40:18 -0600 )edit

Then it's a great time for you to update the system to fedora 20 I guess.

yanglifu90 gravatar imageyanglifu90 ( 2014-02-26 06:55:49 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-02-26 10:47:03 -0600

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You might have to reinstall the grub, There might be salvage options once the kernel is able to load.

Dont fringe on something old that still works, I have a specified pourpose laptop running win 2000 with a whopping 4G hard drive. I prefer to keep legacy devices offline though. Upgrading these turns into a nightmare.

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How do I reinstall the grub exactly? *and how do I even access it? As said before the CTRL alt keys don't work.

sw3etsauce gravatar imagesw3etsauce ( 2014-02-26 12:35:24 -0600 )edit

You have to have the executable (bootable) ISO disk of the version you were running. The grub will install if the disk is mountable (not bricked). Prompt for a new install and the older version will be available durring startup.

Mercm gravatar imageMercm ( 2014-02-26 13:18:49 -0600 )edit

Okay I'll try to do that..not sure how to do it but I'll google it I guess.

sw3etsauce gravatar imagesw3etsauce ( 2014-02-26 16:27:53 -0600 )edit

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