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I removed compiz to reinstall it, then I couldn't reset it because dconf couldn't get a connection and nothing else was working, so in my frustration I decided to purge dconf* and reinstall it all, but by doing that I completely wrecked ubuntu.

My desktop is an unresponsive black screen with a mouse, and I'm trying to somehow get out of this using a tty terminal. Nautilus, unity, and pretty much everything else doesn't exist anymore,

I can't use apt-get for anything because I get a whole mess of errors along the lines of:

Failed to fetch ..... Could not resolve 'archive.ubuntu.com'

Is there anything I can do to save my documents and maybe restore my operating system to something functional?

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To save your data, boot from a live CD/USB and copy the data to a network share, USB drive, or other device.

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    I managed to save the data by booting from windows and using Linux reader: diskinternals.com/linux-reader, now I'm hoping I can restore the operating system with my software and preferences preserved. – Charles Clayton Aug 5 '14 at 1:29

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