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Re: stretch not booting

Thanks for the reply!

On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 2:03 PM, Brian <ad44@cityscape.co.uk> wrote:
On Wed 17 May 2017 at 13:41:03 -0400, Luis Finotti wrote:

> I've installed stretch from a DI RC3 image (from here:
> https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/)
> a couple of weeks back on an old Dell Inspiron Mini 1018.

Is this the only OS on the machine?

> The install went without a problem and I could reboot just fine.  I then
> updated it, installed LXDE and a few more packages, but after that I cannot
> reboot.  Even in recovery mode it gets stuck.  It seems that the point at
> which it gets stuck varies, but it never finishes booting.

Installing extra packages (if that is all you ever did) should not lead
to non-booting.

Indeed.  I think I did do a "dist-upgrade", which could be the cause.
> Since I don't get a prompt, I don't know how to get more info.  Since I
> could reboot, I don't think it was an installation problem.

You obviously get the GRUB menu. When it appears hit the "c" key and type

 set pager=1

What is do "prefix=" and "root=" say?


Press the Esc key and hit the "e" key when the OS to be booted is

What does "set root=" say?

Selecting the safe-mode:

set root='hd0,msdos1'

Let me know if I can provide anymore info or if this gives you any idea of what is wrong...



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