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Computer Frozen
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:40:00 pm »
Okay, so... this happened a few months ago; my laptop suddenly slowed to a crawl and then stopped working. It had to do with my running out of space in a certain boot partition (if I recall). I was able to fix the issue by upgrading to Peppermint 8 from a USB drive, but now it's happening again and I can't even get the computer to boot from a USB drive. Pressing F2 during the boot process appears to do nothing. Just when I got everything back the way I liked it again!!!

It just appears to get stuck at various points. Sometimes it will get all the way to the log in screen but when I enter my password it just goes back to the login screen as though I've entered it incorrectly. But I haven't. And it doesn't say incorrect login. This time it doesn't even get to the login screen. Right now its stuck on a black screen that starts with "Scanning for Btrfs filesystems..." This screen says that everything is "OK" but... clearly something is not.

Help???

Oh! My computer has a EFI booting system... if that matters. Thanks!
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 01:49:14 pm »
Update!!!

I was able to get to a command prompt by doing a CTRL+ALT+F2 at that text screen. Only... I'm no Linux-Fu master. I have no idea where to go from here.

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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 02:28:02 pm »
Have you got a LiveUSB ?
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 02:45:36 pm »
Yes! I have the one I used to install Peppermint 8. It saved my bacon last time too.
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 03:42:00 pm »
Can you boot to it and post the output from:
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 07:23:08 pm »
That's the thing, I can't seem to boot from that USB drive this time. The opportunity doesn't present itself when the computer is rebooting anymore. I've tried

sudo mount /dev/sdb1

from the command line, but it returns

can't find /dev/sdb1 in /etc/fstab

whatever that means. When I typed sudo blkid the line for the USB drive reads:

/dev/sdb1: UUID="2017-05-27-02-25-26-00" LABEL="Peppermint Eight" TYPE="iso9660" PTUUID="5055050a" PTTYPE="dos" PARTUUID="5055050a-01"

The line for where all my linux stuff currently is reads:

/dev/sda2: UUID="2f7f15bb-f62d-490e-9c0c-4cd07834f29" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="540a1fa4-fa93-4575-a1e7-ad88572ffa92"

The other partitions are "vfat" and "swap" types but I'm not sure what they're for. I know that one of them is  the EFI system partition.

Is any of this useful????????????

The output from sudo fdisk -l is...

Device                Start        End                 Sectors           Size Type
/dev/sda1            2048     1050623         1048576          512M EFI System
/dev/sda2     1050624     968577023    967526400    461.4G Linux System
/dev/sda3 968577024    976771071      8194048          3.9G Linux Swap

Disk /dev/sdb: 3.8 GiB, 4007657472 bytes, 7827456 sectors
...
Device           Boot   Start         End            Sectors         Size         Id   Type
/dev/sdb1     *                0 2512896          2512896           1.2G        0    Empty
/dev/sdb2                  616        5351                4736           2.3M      ef    (FAT-12/16/32)

Is any of this useful????????????????
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 07:26:18 pm »
You need to go into your BIOS settings with the USB plugged in and set the USB to the top of the boot devices order.

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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 07:39:06 pm »
Yes, I've tried that. But there's no opportunity anymore. When I press F2 through the boot cycle nothing happens.
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 07:42:11 pm »
Here's a screenshot of the full output... if you can read it:

https://postimg.org/image/4utmcaoqj/
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 08:26:53 pm »
Are you sure it's F2 for BIOS? Not Escape or one of the other F keys?

You might have to do something more drastic involving swapping out drives if you can't set the boot order.

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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2017, 09:24:38 pm »
I've tried f2, I've tried f9, I've tried holding left-shift. None appear to work.    :-/
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2017, 09:36:36 pm »
Try all the F keys, Esc and Del. Try plugging in a different keyboard and doing the same.

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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2017, 07:46:16 am »
hi guys...just a thought here and decided to share my one and only thought before it dies of loneliness...lol...on my three asus mother board computers, i have to press the delete key to access bios...on lenovo based computers, i have to press the enter key and then choose the f1 key when it presents me with three options...have no idea if this helps but at least it cant hurt...DAMIEN
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 08:57:02 am »
Try this...

Hold Shift immediately after turning on your PC .. you should end up at the GRUB menu

move down to "Advanced" and hit enter.

move down till you get to the first entry that contains "Recovery Mode" and hit enter.

move down to "fsck" and hit enter.

did that make any difference ?

If not, is this a desktop or laptop ? .. have you got the make/model ?



Is that LiveUSB tested as working (bootable) on another UEFI system ?
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Re: Computer Frozen
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2017, 06:30:13 pm »
Meant to reply to this one a while ago. Holding F2 from the very beginning was the answer. Only I have one of those annoying keyboards that makes you hold down another key to use the function keys, so that's why it didn't work initially maybe.

Computer is back up and running, by files are safe (as usual) but I'm still trying to find a decent backup solution so that I'm not always having to restore my software and reinstall all my applications. I'm going to try LuckyBackup with a formatted external hard drive and see if that works.

Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. Have since installed a 32-bit Peppermint on an old Vista laptop for a friend of mine and it works great! "Like new" she said.

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