Peculiar Start-up Screen (Solved)

Hello,

Everything was running well on my Asus Eee PC until a recent Peppermint Software Update.

  • I have Peppermint Four on one partition and Peppermint Three on another.
  • P4 is my OS of choice and should therefore be at the top of the start screen. But it is now below P3, and it has multiple entries, as the photo below shows.
  • I have no idea what 3i.8.0-33 might mean - but these digits seem similar to kernel numbers I’ve seen mentioned in other forum posts I’ve actually only a very hazy idea of what a kernel mght be, but I notice from https://www.kernel.org/ that the latest stable kernel is 3.12, so presumably 3.08 is WAY out of date.
  • And Peppermint Three’s 3.02.0-23 is positively ancient.
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http://i41.tinypic.com/2e4w6ci.jpg

However, I should be grateful for any info that safely sorts out this untidy screen.

Many thanks,
Tony B

[b][EDIT]

Peppermint forum is back online.

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Are you able to boot into Peppermint 4 ?

If so, do it … then post the output from:

uname -a

and

dpkg -l | grep linux-image

and

sudo fdisk -l

and

sudo blkid

and

mount

We can remove some of the entries, but it’s my guess you’ve somehow reinstalled the grub bootloader whilst in Peppermint 3 … so we’d probably be better off reinstalling GRUB from within PM4

Thanks for coming to the rescue again, Mark

Here are the results of those commands:

Linux tony-X101CH 3.8.0-33-generic #48-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 23 17:26:34 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux
tony@tony-X101CH ~ $ dpkg -l | grep linux-image
rc  linux-image-3.8.0-23-generic         3.8.0-23.34                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-25-generic         3.8.0-25.37                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-26-generic         3.8.0-26.38                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-27-generic         3.8.0-27.40                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-29-generic         3.8.0-29.42                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-30-generic         3.8.0-30.44                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-31-generic         3.8.0-31.46                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-32-generic         3.8.0-32.47                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-3.8.0-33-generic         3.8.0-33.48                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-23-generic   3.8.0-23.34                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-25-generic   3.8.0-25.37                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-26-generic   3.8.0-26.38                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-27-generic   3.8.0-27.40                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-29-generic   3.8.0-29.42                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-30-generic   3.8.0-30.44                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-31-generic   3.8.0-31.46                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-32-generic   3.8.0-32.47                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-3.8.0-33-generic   3.8.0-33.48                                 i386         Linux kernel image for version 3.8.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-generic                  3.8.0.33.51                                 i386         Generic Linux kernel image

tony@tony-X101CH ~ $ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for tony: 

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000ee013

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048    59615231    29806592   83  Linux
/dev/sda2       142191376   625141759   241475192    5  Extended
/dev/sda3        59615232   142181638    41283203+  83  Linux
/dev/sda5       620974080   625141759     2083840   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6       142191378   348064289   102936456   82  Linux swap / Solaris
Partition 6 does not start on physical sector boundary.

Partition table entries are not in disk order

tony@tony-X101CH ~ $ sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: UUID="4abd2c71-d017-42fa-8415-89edfc2b6a5b" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sda3: UUID="4a7742ea-0c6e-4fe4-a408-35c615b5709e" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sda5: UUID="7b6b660d-576c-4181-a3ab-36abbdc768fa" TYPE="swap" 
/dev/sda6: UUID="6d1259dd-4828-41b0-9fba-a04d67cbb3a8" TYPE="swsuspend" 
tony@tony-X101CH ~ $ mount
/dev/sda3 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
none on /sys/fs/cgroup type tmpfs (rw)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
none on /run/user type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=104857600,mode=0755)
gvfsd-fuse on /run/user/tony/gvfs type fuse.gvfsd-fuse (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=tony)

OK, boot to a Peppermint 4 LiveCD/LiveUSB … DO NOT do anything that might mount the HDD, just open a terminal and run:

sudo mount /dev/sda3 /mnt

then

sudo grub-install --boot-directory=/mnt/boot /dev/sda

Now REBOOT … it should boot into Peppermint 4 … then run:

sudo update-grub

now reboot and check that Peppermint 3 is still offered, and are the extra PM4 boot options now hidden in the “Other Linux Versions” sub menu ?

Thank you so much, Mark - that went perfectly.

The only problem I had was in remembering your instructions when I had switched off and rebooted in live mode.
I tried taking a photo of your post with my phone, but the screen is too small to read the commands clearly.
Eventually I thought of copying & pasting the codes into an email to myself, which I managed to access on my phone.

Anyway, it all went brilliantly, and I’m delighted to label this topic as SOLVED.

Thank you again for your help.

Cheers,
Tony B

Good thinking … and you’re most welcome :slight_smile:

It might be my imagination, but everything seems to run a bit quicker, more responsive. :slight_smile: