Ubuntu Installation :: Wipe The Slate Clean And Start Over?

May 28, 2010

I need to wipe the slate clean on my computer and start from scratch. I have too many issues and school is just around the corner for me, I've got a huge workload and don't have time to find solutions to my problems right now. I recently upgraded to Lucid but that only escalated my woes. The simple fact is my machine is getting too old and it's time to upgrade everything, which won't happen until fall. So for now I simply want to downgrade to hardy because it will be supported until April next year and it is very stable, plus I think it is the release that my graphics card got a decent resolution on (ATI, need I say more?). I'm somewhat of a noob, but I've got my wits about me and have researched the forums for many hours to find solutions, but to no avail. I don't want to go into details about what issues I'm having, I just need to know how to remove ALL kernels off of Grub and start from scratch. Any links to comprehensive tutorials would be ideal, or if someone knows of anything else that will work,

P.S. I love Ubuntu and am a lifer. The philosophy behind it as well as the community are supreme and will someday rule the universe,

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Debian Configuration :: Way To Reinstall Synaptic / Aptitude And Wipe Slate Clean

Mar 27, 2016

I'm attempting to install some software on my friend's computer. It keeps saying the packages I want aren't there but I know they are. I've been fooling around with this for a while. I may have broken something in the process. Repository names, perhaps?Is there some way to reinstall Synaptic/Aptitude and "wipe the slate clean?"

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Ubuntu :: Reinstall MySQL (and PHPmyadmin) From A Completely Clean Slate?

Nov 15, 2010

I just install Ubuntu on a new computer I got, and set up LAMP. I started poking around in MySQL (more than I should have) and managed to break it. I've been trying to fix it, but I can't. I've done apt-get --purge mysql-client, but when I reinstall it it's the same thing. How can I reinstall MySQL (and PHPmyadmin) from a completely clean slate? (There's no important data on there)

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Feb 10, 2011

Is there any commands I can type in gnu grub to wipe or format my harddrive

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Aug 8, 2011

I had Ubuntu on my hard drive and tried to install Arch Linux. Things got messy and I now have an unstable, unbootable machine. I feel the installation failed because there were remains of Ubuntu. I'd like to wipe the hard drive and start over from scratch; without anything on there. How do I do this? I have several partitions made in a desperate attempt to make it all work. So I'd like to remove all partitions and any other information that's on the drive. I can not start any OS, but I can boot with the Live USB of Arch Linux...

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Jan 25, 2010

I messed up the first installation of Fedora on my server. My setup is as follows: Fedora and Gnome - NFS system, No dual boot (Windows or anything) Fedora ISO DVD downloaded No kickstart or other tools. how to set this up, from the time I insert the disk and have it boot up (configged already to boot from it). I know how to wipe it clean at intall time. Is that the root directory? And, is /boot the actual boot directory? I'm just having a hard time uderstanding that. As I said, I just want a quick itemized list, step 1, step 2, etc, from partitioning, creating file system, mounting, etc. in the right order.

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Sep 21, 2010

I am running ubuntu on several computers. One in particular runs mythbuntu and is a mythtv server and frontend.

I do the ubuntu upgrade every 6 months so that I can gain the new features and enhancements included in mythtv.

My issue is that with each upgrade seems to come more issues. For instance, this time I upgraded to the latest and greatest and now mythtv crashes every day or two. Also, since vdpau was added to the new nvidia drivers, i am unable to get it to work.

So my question is: Is it normal for you guys to do a complete reinstall when you want to go to a new version of your linux flavor of choice.

It seems that the new ubuntu (really mythbuntu) is very stable and never crashes, but it just seems to me that once you start running a few programs, they just don't upgrade well.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 Does Not Start Properly After Clean Install

May 13, 2011

Just did a clean 11.04 install, however, Ubuntu doesn't start properly, it usually stops when it gets to the purple screen, the screen with the word Ubuntu and a few red dots underneath it to show it is loading. The system usually stops there or stops before getting to that screen. I was able to start in the 'safe mode' though.

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Wipe Off XP And Install Win 7

Nov 14, 2010

I have installed Ubuntu within xp abt 6 months before and till now im running dual boot with grub loader. I guess its Ubuntu became the primary OS but not sure. I need to figure out 2 things.

1) Which one is the primary OS. Since the grub loader is showing first, is it ubuntu? or since I have installed ubuntu alongside xp, is it XP? which one gets affected if i format/remove c: drive.
2) And second I would like to format xp and install windows 7 without losing my data, hard drives etc.

Is it possible? I want to just format my windows xp installed c: and want my ubuntu remain untouched, coz I have made many manual configurations and installed many softwares and made my ubuntu more stable than windows, so that i will continue to use ubuntu grub loader henceforth for ubuntu and windows 7.

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Ubuntu Networking :: Clean Start With Wireless Config ?

Apr 30, 2010

I had put in a broadcom 4318 (airforce) card and it showed up in network tools as wlan6 with multicast disabled, inactive, and etc. the bf cutter tool also showed up in hardware drivers.

However, after trying to get the card functional - it no longer shows up in network tools nor is bf cutter in the hardware section.

I tried installing broadcom's proprietary driver among some other solutions. I'm running karmic 9.10.

How to start with a clean slate and get my wlan6 to appear again, so I can install this proprietary driver or use driverloader?

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Apr 15, 2011

I have recently done clean installs of 11.4 on two computers and then done clean re-installs but still have the same problem. Each time, the install was without flaw and I could download the updates, when offered, in the install process. At the end of the install I can log into KDE and everything works. However, after shutting down, on reboot, I only get a command line login. I can either login and run startx or use su and do init 3 followed by init 5. This tells me I am getting to runlevel 5 but X isn't starting. Either of those approaches gives me the KDE login. However, after that I have to manually start the network in YAST. I also think I had had to restart CUPS but I have only got as far as installing a printer once so I can't be absolutely sure that happened. As I indicate, this is fully reproducible. Anyone give me a clue as to what is going on?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Reinstalling Grub2 - Wipe Out Partitions

Sep 29, 2010

I am having trouble reinstalling grub so That I can see both my linux and windows partitions in the cain loader. Originally I had ubuntu, then I installed window, this wiped out grub so I had to reinstate it, and that went ok. Then I tried to get fancy and install another Linux on my machine. It did not wipe out my partitions but is defunct I have been following these instructions, [URL]

To no success. Grub2 installs fine, sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/(my part ion) /dev/sda2 and I install it to sda2, but the" Installation finished. No error reported. This is the contents of the device map /boot/grub/device.map. Check if this is correct or not. If any of the lines is incorrect, fix it and re-run the script `grub-install'. (hd0) /dev/sda"

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Ubuntu Installation :: Wipe Out Existing System And Replace With 11.04

Aug 15, 2011

I'm trying to do a simple install. Wipe out existing system and replace with 11.04 but I can't get past initial screen. Is there a different CD version I need to use? Last year I used 10.04 LTS and it worked fine, this year I wanted to start with the newest and go from there. I use Remastersys to make my own install version for 600+ laptops and I need to be able to wipe out the existing systems without effort.

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Jun 22, 2010

I have been running a web server from my fedora box for ~ 2 years now, though I have done terrible things to it by way of configuration settings. It seemingly works fine now, but i suspect that I have done some things in an innapropriate way. I would like to remove all of my current settings and web accessable info, and start fresh. What is the cleanest way to set my server's configuration files back to basics (not conserned about system settings related to firewalls).

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Apr 28, 2011

After battling to install the yum packege for the LAMP, mI have not been able to finish installing or at least configuring the MySQL.How can I un-install ALL related files for the MYSQL o can I just yum again that package. that is as the first step. I understand that MYSQL instralls with a -null_ passord for the adminstrative rightsI NEVER THOUGHT that installing Wordpress , or any other progrma for that matter, would be so complicated. seems Windows OS has a gtreat advantage there.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Hulu Not Working On AMD64 / Start Clean And Install Necessary Packages?

May 3, 2010

videos videos work great, but unfortunately, when i try to access videos on hulu.com, i receive this error message: "we're sorry but we're unable stream this video to your system. this may be due to an adobe software limitation on 64-bit linux systems."

this is strange because hulu videos were working after i installed lynx but mysteriously stopped working. i don't have the swfdec-mozilla package installed nor the mozilla-plugin-gnash nor the flashplugin-installer.

what do i need to do to start clean and install the necessary packages?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot - Windows Reinstall And Wipe The Partition

Feb 1, 2010

My old-ish Dell laptop is currently running Windows 2000 and Ubuntu 9.10. I originally installed 2000 to try and squeeze a bit more performance out of the laptop for general use, but in practise Ubuntu is running great and sees far more use than the Win2K installation so I've decided to create a stripped-down (i.e. non-networked) XP installation purely to run a few favourite audio applications.

I plan to do a fresh Windows install and wipe the current C: partition. Is there anything I should be aware of in terms of the GRUB bootloader. Will it simply recognise the new XP installation? Obviously I will back up my data before I continue, but are there any other precautions to take with respect to dual-booting? I could do without having to reinstall Ubuntu too!

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Fedora :: 14 - Printer HP Deskjet D1460 And - Paper As Was Clean So Clean And Remains

Dec 18, 2010

I have problem with my printer HP Deskjet D1460. My printer is configured and works. When I send a file on the print, the printer clings a sheet of paper and starts to print, but a paper as was clean so clean and remains, after printing.

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Oct 11, 2010

I configured cron to clean my /tmp directory, should I also add other locations to clean and especially /var/tmp.

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Ubuntu :: Difference Between Apt-get Clean And Aptitude Clean

Feb 4, 2010

Is there any difference between apt-get clean and aptitude clean? Do they both remove the same caches? Should I know any other commands for cleaning up wasted space on my ubuntu laptop?

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Feb 16, 2010

I powered down my file server this morning and started it back up a little while ago. One of the drive in a raid 6 array hung the system if it's inserted so after a little tomfoolery to identify the trouble drive. After removing it I finally have it booting but the raid array come up as inactive and all spares.I've "mdadm --examined" all the remaining drive in the drive in the raid6 array and the "events" are all the same, "2085124".When I assemble the array I get

mdadm --assemble /dev/md1 /dev/sdd1 /dev/sde1 /dev/sdf1 /dev/sdh1 /dev/sdi1 /dev/sdj1 /dev/sdg1


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Ubuntu Installation :: Clean Installation Asking For Username/psasword?

Jan 14, 2010

Newb here and this is my first time installing Ubuntu. Created the LiveCD from download of ISO 9.10. PC is a Dell D505 laptop with a clean reformatted, defragged HD. Install goes ok up until first screen with a background and the software asks me to login using a username and password. I haven't been asked to set up a u/p up until this point so I'm stuck. ENTER doesn't work, root/root doesn't work. I've downloaded other ISO files, reburned etc and its the same each time.

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Fedora Installation :: Why 13 Clean Installation Ends Up To Lots Of Fc12 Packages

Jun 1, 2010

I did a clean install of fedora 13 on my sys, however when i run


rpm -qa |grep fc12

lots of and lots of fc12 packages pop up. below is the list. if there is fc13 version of these packages, and if there is (which I suspect for at least some of them there should be) why my sys doesn't update to those packages?

here is the list of fc12 packages:


~$ rpm -qa |grep fc12


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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.10 Install On Clean HDD

Feb 8, 2011

I have a PC with a 120GB HDD which is clean and formatted.I have commenced install of 10.10 from CD. It starts fine and I run through to the who are you window. I have filled in all the details but the "FORWARD" button is grayed out. Also, the progress bar eventually stops altogether. Is the system hanging, or is the install just slow?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Clean Install Of 11.04 Next To Win 7

Jun 15, 2011

So I've been trying to install 11.04 x64 on the same drive as Windows 7. The install seemed to go fine until it tried to install grub over the Windows 7 bootloader. My first try at this, I just told it to try again, and it seemed to install fine. It then rebooted and came up with the grub bootloader as expected. However, when it attempted to boot into 11.04, it gives me an error that says "unknown filesystem". It does however boot into Windows 7 fine. While I was writing this up, I went into my BIOS to make sure that my SSD was set to be the primary boot drive and it was not. Changed the SSD to primary boot priority and away it went.

For some reason, with the my other hard drive as the primary boot drive, it wouldn't boot to Ubuntu, but would behave just fine when going into Windows. Very strange behavior. I rebooted the computer again to make sure that the boot priorities fixed the problem and the default background came up halfway, like a corrupted .jpg file, so I forced a shutdown. Now I'm back to what I started with. I've been rebooting to see if I can reproduce the good startup, but to no avail. Also, when grub is loaded, it either gives me a purple or black background. Is this normal? It seems to alternate randomly.

I get one of three errors when trying to boot into 11.04 from a clean install next to a fresh Windows 7 install.
"error: unknown filesystem"
"error: hd1 out of disk"
"error: you need to load the kernel first"
I also see a kernel panic every now and again.

I've got a bootable flash drive with 11.04 on it and that's what I've been trying to install from. I've been looking more into this issue, and from what I've uncovered in the forums is that the new grub bootloader that comes with Natty has some issues. I found the procedure for a downgrade of grub to the Maverick version, but I have not come across a 64-bit procedure. This downgrade has worked from what I've read so far.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Partition Your HD On A Clean Install ?

Jan 7, 2010

I made an upgrade from Kubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 and this upgrade generated a series of permission problems.

Considering that I have an individual /home partition, I am planning to make a clean install of Karmic (9.10) on a laptop with a 230GB hard disk and 2GB RAM.

The actual hard disk is mounted the following way:

In total there are some 230GB of Hard Disk available.

The fat 32 partition was not a good idea, because I can't access it from the file manager, so I will dump this partition on my next installation.

Now my question: What partitions would you recommend to mount and what size would you give to each partition?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Boot Clean Install Of 9.10?

Feb 8, 2010

few months back I did a clean install of 9.10 from 9.04 (wanted to clear room so decided against upgrade path) and since then I've been really struggling to boot into it. I've used Ubuntu since 7.04 and never had any issues with it - these issues have only started happening since my upgrade to 9.10. And I was hoping that 9.10 would be the release I could persuade her indoors to not boot into Windows XP!

Anyway my problem is that when I choose Ubuntu 9.10 from the boot list it gets to the point where the Ubuntu symbol is splashed up (with the brown background and the light shining on it) and then the little progress bar underneath freezes and the whole box freezes. It doesn't respond to any keypresses like the "magic" ones and I have mashed CTRL ALT F1 plus others keys repeatedly. Caps lock doesn't respond either so looks like completely frozen, though worth noting that the hard drive still sounds like it's spinning.

I've tried with every boot command under the sun (noapci, nosplash, quiet, noapic etc.) and none of them make any difference bar two - apci=noirq starts the desktop occasionally but with no windows manager, and irqpoll stops the freeze but it never loads the desktop or manager. Both these last two commands work about 1 in 10 boots or so but usually it freezes. I can also sometimes press Escape as soon as the Ubuntu symbol shows on screen and sometimes (about 1 in 5 tries) it gets into the desktop, but only if I hit it before it freezes up. The above does point to an IRQ issue but wondering what has changed since 8.10 and 9.04 which worked perfectly?

I've also booted into recovery mode and updated/fixed packages but the same thing happens with the recent 2.6.31-19 generic as well as -17, -14 etc. As per above I'm dual booting with Windows XP as the default boot option (wife's orders) but don't think this is related.

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Mar 18, 2010

I had 8.4 hardy heron and I've been upgrading from within up to the most recent upgrade to 9.10.Was it better to do a clean install from the cd

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Mar 19, 2010

I'm a relatively new user of Linux, I use Kubuntu 9.10, and I would like to know whether I need to make a clean install for upgrading to 10.4 (I know, stable isn't ready yet, but I'm impatient , and I want to prepare in advance) or I could do it in some way without losing everything I have installed? Or maybe it would be better to only upgrade to the newest version of KDE (I'm using 4.3.2 now)? Which one is easier and/or better? How is it done (Note: using KDE)?

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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.04 OS Freezes After Clean Install

May 2, 2010

I just did a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04, my PC was running 9.10 and 9.04 before, no problems. No problems on install (received some: end-request: i/o error, dev sr0, ....errors but as far as I know this doesn't mean anything but Cd Rom door open). When I started Ubuntu everything runs ok, (even audio that didn't worked on 9.04 ..finally)

After 1 or to minutes PC just freezed, everytime I restarted same thing. Tried using liveCD, id does crash anyway. I downloaded another ISO using bittorrent, installed, same result. When I open the Computer Monitor I see the System Memory scale up to 100%, then it alternates between processor 1 and 2, it goes to 100% then to about 9 and the other processor goes to 100 one at a time.

1.6 Mhz Intel
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