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I tried installing VS Code and it removed all my pacakges, including dpkg and the desktop, Is there a way to fix it without losing the data? Maybe from the live cd?

Edit: Forgot to mention that the Try Lubuntu option doesn't work, only the install option. Edit2: It also spams ehci-pci 0000:00:12.2: dma_direct_map_sg: overflow0x0000000010893000+512 of device mask ffffffff when trying to "Try Lubuntu"

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You removed too many critical packages, so you must either restore the OS from a complete partition backup or reinstall the OS. It's a shame that you have to do this because of VSCode which isn't even a normal IDE like Visual Studio. As its name suggests, VSCode is more like an enhanced text editor.

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You should be able to choose to (re)install your Ubuntu from Live media, choosing not to overwrite current partition. In any case, do a backup of (what's remaining) of your system first !!

  • Here is where the tricky part comes in, for some reason the Live Lubuntu option doesn't work. Only the intall option. – Radu Ungureanu Mar 11 at 13:04
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Just found out that I have an "Recover a broken system" option. I was able to copy all the data from the disk and full reinstall the system.

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