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Old 2015-06-23, 15:38   #23
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One thing which is always advised when doing this kind of thing (if you haven't already) is to back everything up (either through a network connection, or to an external USB drive).

As it appears you can boot into Linux you could use such an environment to mount the internal harddrive then rsync / scp everything to another machine, or simply mount the USB drive and "cp -ra /[INTERNAL]/ /[EXTERNAL]/[BACKUP_DIR]/".

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An excellent point, which I overlook far too often.
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Old 2015-06-23, 19:56   #24
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One thing which is always advised when doing this kind of thing (if you haven't already) is to back everything up (either through a network connection, or to an external USB drive).

As it appears you can boot into Linux you could use such an environment to mount the internal harddrive then rsync / scp everything to another machine, or simply mount the USB drive and "cp -ra /[INTERNAL]/ /[EXTERNAL]/[BACKUP_DIR]/".

(My apologise if I'm telling you how to chew gum...)
It never hurts to be reminded! I've done a backup of non-system files already, but I'll double-check and make sure that person has everything they want before I do the repair install attempt, just in case things go awry.
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Old 2015-06-23, 23:28   #25
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You can do a Repair reinstall, aka In Place Upgrade, I think. It is unfortunate that you can't launch Setup from the GUI, but it may let you do a repair run if you boot from an optical drive.
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One thing which is always advised when doing this kind of thing (if you haven't already) is to back everything up (either through a network connection, or to an external USB drive).
I have done a Repair install on this current machine once. It did the trick for the problem that I had.
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Old 2015-06-24, 13:01   #26
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That's good to know. Hopefully this recovery disk can do the repair install.
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