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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« Last Post by SeZo on Yesterday at 08:53:09 pm »
Do not know if you made any mistakes but here it is again:
Is your partition ext2/3/4?
Make sure none of the disks in question are mounted first.
Try with sudo
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sudo e2fsck /dev/sda2
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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« Last Post by RATTLEBACK.131 on Yesterday at 06:51:48 pm »
Thanks. My brain does this sort of crap all day everyday, it's very wearing.

Results of fdisk l :

/dev/sda1   is EFI system
/dev/sda2   is Linux file system [problem one]

next command 'for n in /dev/sda*'etc returned :
> [flashing cursor which stopped flashing]

then e2fsch /dev/sda2 returned :
bash : syntax error near unexpected token 'e2fsck'  [& back to usual $ prompt]

Did I make any mistakes ?
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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« Last Post by Keith on Yesterday at 01:25:07 pm »
Good news indeed.  If your computer remains stable please mark the title of your first post on this topic as [SOLVED] in order to guide others with similar problems. 

Thanks
  Keith
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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« Last Post by MattC on Yesterday at 01:21:32 pm »
Thanks.  I notice searching on another thread (something I should have done first) that one user with a similar problem used:

fsck /dev/sda1

and it seemed to work for them.  I tried it and, after saying 'yes' to everything, it seems also to have worked.  Not sure if there are any further underlying problems that I may inadvertently caused.

Also, the speed has noticeably improved.  Although, not to the extent I was expecting.
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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« Last Post by Keith on Yesterday at 01:08:30 pm »
The "l" is a lower-case "L" and is the "long" option that displays lots of info about each file on a separate line. 

I am not very familiar with Mint, but you should find in your menus some way of choosing the right keyboard layout. 

Keith
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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« Last Post by RATTLEBACK.131 on Yesterday at 01:06:01 pm »
Good try but fell at the 1st hurdle.

Is the 1st command '-1' (numeral one). if so I get ; invalid option --'1'

if not what is it? - problem my keyboard has reverted to some strange US configuration so the shifted keys aren't as physically shown anymore.
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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« Last Post by Keith on Yesterday at 12:58:53 pm »
In my limited experience, trying to "tweak" an OS to make improvements (such as speed) often involves loss of some other feature.  I was rarely able to "un-tweak" and it looks like you have fallen victim to the downside. 

I looked through Rich's link and found nothing relating to BusyBox, so wonder if you clicked on a link on that page (?).  When I searched for Busybox (https://www.busybox.net/FAQ.html) I found something that was way beyond my understanding - perhaps the Mad Penguin can advise you. 

If I were in your situation, though, I would bite the bullet and simply install an appropriate OS such as David's suggestion of Antix (I've tried it on a Live USB and it looks good). 
Sorry I can't offer any help.

Keith
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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« Last Post by MattC on Yesterday at 11:42:07 am »
Hi.  I've tried to speed up Mint, using the link stated above by Rich J.  I have been very careful to follow the instructions as I am not very familiar with the OS.  However, when I turned the laptop on today I am only getting the BusyBox shell, with (initramfs) prompting me.  I've no idea what this is and I can't seem to get back to the main screen.
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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« Last Post by SeZo on Yesterday at 08:22:14 am »
run fsck from a Live-CD/Live-USB
Identify partitions

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sudo fdisk -l

Make sure they are unmounted:

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for n in /dev/sda* ; do umount $n ; done

then run fsck on them (substitute X to suit):

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e2fsck /dev/sdaX
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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« Last Post by RATTLEBACK.131 on Yesterday at 12:22:16 am »
Being autistic + ADHD  is no fun - esp dealing with this sort of thing.

In short I should have done fsck more than a week ago but got completely sidetracked. My laptop was working well, just one crash a few days ago otherwise better than in long while, so just not on the radar & lost track of time.
Today I had some page display issues on ebay & I noted the update ! triangle so I updated. After a couple of reboots things back to normal. Then I had a crash this evening. Hard shut down, reboot a couple of times, OK. Then had page loading issues on FB so I powered down normally but it got stuck on the 'Ubuntu' screen on reboot & I had no other option but a hard shut down.

 Long & short is won't reboot. I'm currently on a live USB stick & I've had problems with that too. Reboot (not USB) aborts to black screen with some data inc:
/dev/sda2 : Inodes that were part of a corrupt orphan linked list found
run fsck manually (without -a or -p options)

 I've looked at the link Keith posted about fsck. This is mainly about running it from a mounted & 'working' system. There are instructions for using fsck from the recovery option in 'advanced options for ubuntu' on the grub screen. I've manage to boot to  GNU Grub screen but when I select any entry that inc's (recovery mode) it soon goes to black screen with a lot info I don't understand ending /dev/sda2 : etc as above.
I tried running fsck from that (initriamfs) prompt there but nothing happens.

The info on the fsck link doesn't have any info on how to fsck my laptop system files from a live USB OS. So I'm stuck, & out energy.  :-[
I'll check back tomorrow. Thanks for everything so far.
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