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    Petra Boot Stalls With Unknown Error


    Greetings:

    I really need help. I have Mint Petra 16 (32bit) on a USB hard drive on one port of my XP laptop, and "Porteus 3.0" on a flash on another. I don't know whether Porteus was actually responsible or not, but my problem with Petra occured immedoiately after reboot:

    While Petra was still hooked into one port, I booted up Porteus to rearrange and resize its desktop icons via its .gtkrc-20 file, and inadveratntly while shuffling a desktop icon to a seemingly empty area I got a "can't copy to this partition" warning when I wasn't trying to copy or overlap another icon. I don't know if the warning pertained to the Petra drive. I then rebooted into Petra and it stopped in mid-boot twice. I ran it in recovery mode and each time the running display stalled after:

    STARTING MOUNT NETWORK FILE SYSTEMS
    STARTING NETBIOS NAME SERVER
    STOPPING MOUNT NETWORK FILE SYSTEMS
    STOPPING CPU INTERRUPTS BALANCING DAEMON
    STARTING STARTPAR BRIDGE FOR NOTIFICATION OF UPSTART JOB START/STOP
    STOPPING STARTPAR BRIDGE FOR NOTIFICATION OF UPSTART JOB START/STOP

    And it stalls here. The fsck mode sees nothing amiss. I tried rebooting countless times no dice. I am about to reinstall Petra at this rate though distressed I'll be losing all those time-consuming configuration files and Seamonkey mail. Is there any alternative? I'm a newbie but I'll do anything in command line to fix!

    I have all my important work files on a separate FAT partition (totally backed up in "Copy" cloud) on the same drive so I am safe there so far I think!

    Thanks for any tips or assist!

    Jim in NYC

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    If you can boot a "Live" copy of any other Linux, can you use that to find your /home on the USB hard drive of the Petra system? Then you could copy that to a safe place, reload a new Petra and put the /home back in. That should bring with it all your settings, mail and anything else. I always carry a DVD (or USB stick) copy of a Linux I'm already familiar with, for such times.

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