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Need to repair or reinstall Ubuntu 12.04 without losing programs or data

I was trying to change the ownership on an external drive, and mistakenly used sudo chown -RL myuser:myuser /media/"New Volume" Unfortunately, it changed the ownership on the entire drive to ...
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I think a PPA update broke my system. What can I do?

A few weeks ago I installed ppa:ricotz/testing on Ubuntu 11.10. It worked fine then, but since a recent upgrade, trying to launch GTK applications results in lots of cryptic errors. Can I revert all ...
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Repairing after a rm -rf /*

I accidentally ran rm -rf /* on my Ubuntu 10.10 and canceled the command quickly then. Although I was not sudo but a lot of my files were deleted. The system has become less responsive and I am not ...
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Repair more than 3500 bad blocks in 160 Gb samsung HDD using ubuntu 12.04

Recently I detected more than 3500 bad sectors on my samsung 160 Gb HDD. Is it possible to repair or ignore this amount of bad sectors using ubuntu 12.04? And what is the max. limit of bad sectors to ...
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Boot repair asking for 64 bit iso - what do I do with it?

I had dual boot windows 8 and ubuntu precise pangolin 12.04. I upgraded to windows 8.1. It broke grub. So I used a live usb to run ubuntu and ran boot repair. However, it tells me I have to download ...
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How do I fix grub so that it shows up during boot?

I installed ubuntu alongside windows but grub wont show during boot and windows starts instead. I used a liveCD and followed these instructions https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair But ...
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Software Center has a blank window

I can't launch the Software Center anymore. I've got a blank window each time I try to open it. I have tried to repair it by typing "software-center" in Synaptic Packages Manager, and I selected it ...
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Help repairing a 14.04 (upgrade from 13.10) system installation?

I installed 14.04 by upgrading from 13.10. I've have a few issues, but nothing preventing me from working. Today, I started having problems with my headset - it no longer showed up in my device ...
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How To Recover All Ubuntu 12.04 System Files? (From Live CD)

Last night I succesfully installed Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, and then I tried to install Mac OSX Theme from this site But after and after I followed I don't know what's going on terminal, after I installed ...
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How to repair a flashing cursor on boot after a forced shutdown?

A program started misbehaving, and quickly ate up all 4GB of my RAM and 2GB of my swap. This meant the system came to a crawl. So I forced a shutdown. Now, when I reboot, I would normally get a Grub ...
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Grub rescue fails with “Boot Repair” with error “unknown file system” [duplicate]

THE PROBLEM WAS IN FILESYSTEM, THIS IS NOT DUBLICATE TO GRUB RESCUE STANDARD TOPICS. After laptop system crush (which was caused by hard restart), my ubuntu linux is not booting, it is showing now: ...
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Installing ubuntu on customer computers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I legally build and sell desktops with Ubuntu pre-installed? So i am running a small computer repair shop and i was wondering is it legal to install Ubuntu on my ...
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How can I restore all hidden subdirectories those were created during packages installation in case I completely wiped out my home directory

My /home directory was on the separate partition. By mistake I destroyed all the data on it. Now it's resized and formatted. It contains no directories but empty lost+found. So I lost config data for ...
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Recovering a faulty disk

When I plug in a removable 1TB USB disk in my laptop, the operations led keeps blinking for a while and then you can hear the servo mechanism resetting with a short "tack". I'd like to recover the ...
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Repairing 11.10 / downgrading to 10.04 on a dualboot

I used 10.04 for a while and loved it. Got a new laptop and installed 11.10 as a dualboot with the pre-installed windows 7 (for skype and spotify. kill me.). I didn't like Unity, tried loading Gnome, ...
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Dual-boot problems with Windows 8 after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I am a beginner with Linux and I had a bad inspiration to try a quick Ubuntu installation without reading properly about it first. I found a tutorial and have installed Ubuntu on my laptop (Gateway ...
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Cannot repair a corrupted usb flash drive

I have an 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive (no-name), on which I tried a few days ago to copy a film of about 6GB. The flash drive had NTFS file system so I thought there will be no problems. But at some point ...
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Installed ubuntu but I am not getting boot loader screen to choose between Ubuntu and Windows 7

This is what happened. I was using 12.04 beta. I was asked by update manager to make required updates, which I did. I shut down my pc that night and the next day I was not able to boot in xwindows or ...
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Where can I get fresh new Wine DLLs?

I was acting careless today and I accidentally deleted one of the .dlls in my Ubuntu Wine installation, ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/ole32.dll to be exact, and need a new fresh copy of only this ...
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If I repair my Windows XP installation, will it damage the dual-boot setup I have with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I'm running Windows XP SP2 alongside Ubuntu 12.04 (for legacy compatibility), but after some failed Windows updates I think my only option is to perform a Windows repair. If I do that, will (or ...
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How to repair dependencies in apt-get to the previous state?

Recently I tried installing teamviewer7 on my Ubuntu 12.04. I tried downloading the deb which due to some reason never did finish its download (stopped at ~~10MB/17MB). Expectedly, installing the ...
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Repairing from 12.04 live USB failed. Suggestions?

I wanted to repair my system using live USB. In 12.04 Installation, there is no keep my files and repair the system only option (Which was introduced in 12.10). I went with the normal steps. The ...
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Not able to see the contents of the partition

Suddenly in Ubuntu i am not able to see the contents of one of my partition. They do exist. I am able to see them in Windows but not in Ubuntu. The partition is NTFS. Can anyone please tell how can i ...
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I am not able to boot into window 7 after ubuntu 12.04 installation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 doesn't boot after Ubuntu install not able to boot into window 7. I am naive in ubuntu usage. Pls guide immediately. The following link a got after boot ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 not starting (dual boot)

On my dual booting laptop, I have Windows XP and Ubuntu 12.04. I've had XP on the laptop for years, and install Ubuntu 12.04 a few months ago. For some reason, Ubuntu 12.04 has stopped working. ...
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How does one undelete or repair BTRFS partitions?

Had a power‐cut last week and thought nothing of it but today when I opened (mounted) a data partition for archiving edited video files, I noticed it had 50GB free when it previously had only 2… ...
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How do I repair a bad startup script?

In Ubuntu 14.10, I followed this answer to autostart synergyc on boot, but, it caused my computer to boot into low graphics mode. See askubuntu.com/a/196853/15811 So how do I remove / repair a bad ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 stuck on boot screen

Today I tried to install Ubuntu on my Dell xps 8700 with windows 8 pre-installed so I changed my boot order to boot from the cd in the installer I chose to delete all and just have Ubuntu all was ...
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New software can't be installed

I installed ubuntu like an hour ago. I tried so many things to get Steam running that I think I broke ubuntu. In Ubuntu Software Center I get the message that new Software can be installed. I can ...
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install ubuntu along with ubuntu instead of reinstall ubuntu

I'm trying to repair my Ubuntu 14.04 using a usb. But I could not find an re installation option there. Instead of that install ubuntu along with ubuntu 14.04 appears.I'm bit confused here. I don't ...
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Can't enter windows after re-installing ubuntu 14 grub

I know there are a lot of threads with this problem, but still I can't find one that can actually help me. I was running ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a dual-boot with the preinstalled windows 8.1 that came ...
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Installing Windows 8 over 12.04, but getting “error: unknown filesystem” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Grub rescue - error: unknown filesystem I have had bad experiences with 12.04 on my laptop, too many things just dont work so am wiping it and replacing with Windows 8 ...
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Live disk session installer hangs [closed]

So here's the long story, WIn7 updated itself, broke its ability to boot. I use the windows repair session, and that breaks grub. Now I'm running from an ubuntu live disk, have tried multiple times to ...
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Cant boot after trying to install a second Hard Drive [closed]

I tried to install a second hard drive in my PC {not much experience with that}, and when I tried to boot neither the new nor the old drive worked. {The extra drive I added had already Windows on ...
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I was playing with grub a bit… a bit more [closed]

I was playing with grub on my computer a bit more. Then I tried to reboot and I can't enter my operating systems (windows and Ubuntu). It looks like I've rewritten something very important because it ...
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I dont know how to run e2fsck or fsck and what are their differences

My Kern.log file advise me to run e2fsck. Aug 30 14:10:11 ubuntu kernel: [ 122.378292] EXT4-fs (sda11): warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended Aug 30 14:10:11 ubuntu ...
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What can be done to fix partition problems?

Attempted to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a separate partition from Win7 64bit, but something went wrong with the install, and I am no longer able to boot from either the Win7 or the Ubuntu partition. ...
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Unable to boot, read only mode error [closed]

Log: http://paste.ubuntu.com/10731320/ It also gives DRDY Error after many reboots. I tried boot-repair disk. Recommended repair option was not visible. And, even GParted didn't help as it couldn't ...
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Repair Ubuntu broken files under live Ubuntu

My installed Ubunut 14.04 doesn't work well and after splash screen it goes to black screen, and stuck there. I know where the problem is, I have deleted a file (this: ...
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Ubuntu dual boot not repaired by boot-repair after installing windows 7

I reinstalled windows 7 on my dual boot machine (thinkpad x220). Nowto get back the bootmenu I followed https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoveringUbuntuAfterInstallingWindows Boot-repair says ...
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How to repair /etc/apt folder

My /etc/apt directory removed from my laptop. How can I rebuild that directory? My os is Ubuntu 14.04
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Ubuntu 14.04 get Windows 8 to show up

http://paste.ubuntu.com/7271888/ So I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on what used to be Ubuntu 12.04. I am dual booting with Windows 8.1. I haven't been able to access Ubuntu 12.04 since Windows 8.1 did some ...
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Lost Ubuntu partition after reinstalling windows 7

I recently had to reinstall Windows 7 over a dual boot. My Ubuntu partition is no longer accessible. It still seems to show up when I use gparted from live USB. However, it's unallocated space. I ...
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Help I've made a mess with my encrypted folder

I have ubuntu installed on my laptop with the home folder encrypted. Yesterday trying to remove duplicate files in my music, photos and documents I've utilized fdupes in my entire home folder. For ...
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Mouse not working and many UI errors after 12.04 upgrade

Upgraded from 10.x or 11.x and I'm having lots of problems. All icons in the dock are gone, as well as most other icons: No icons, applications can't be focused, no window chrome (title bar etc): ...
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Repair damaged hard drives with Ubuntu?

I have two damaged hard drives one external, and I'm running my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on the other! So the problem is that I couldn't repair it , i tried GParted , mkfs and nothing helps. I saw a ...
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Windows 7 is not accessible or can't be repaired after installing ubuntu 11.10 using live USB

I've messed things up a bit. I was running windows 7 ultimate 64-bit in my HP laptop. I was using live USB of Ubuntu 11.10 and then i tried to install Ubuntu on hard disk using the same live USB. ...
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Use Totem's decoder to re-encode video?

I recorded an OGV screencast in GTK-RecordMyDesktop that seems to play back differently in different players (and YouTube doesn't seem to understand the video stream at all -- it just displays a ...
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How can I repair my Ubuntu?

I unfortunately had a bad typo mistake when I was removing a package. My intention was to remove glib-2.0-dev, but seemed something else I typed and got all the necessary packages removed (for example ...
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Linux, boot safe mode - repair broken packages not working?

Xubuntu 12.04 Application windows started to open only partly functional/broken? Some do not display fully, are not able to minimise, expand or close (missing these buttons) and are visually flat - ...