[ltp] OT - Linux Thinkcentre...

zed linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:08:33 +1200

John Jason Jordan <johnxj@comcast.net> wrote:

> On Sun, 18 Jul 2010 19:50:30 +1200 zed <zed@zed.net.nz> dijo:
> > John Jason Jordan <johnxj@comcast.net> wrote:
> > > I don't know of a Thinkcentre list, but something sounds wrong here.
> >> 
> > > I would suggest interrupting the boot process at the point Grub is
> > > loading, then edit the boot line. If Mint uses the old Grub you can
> > > edit it by using a text editor to open /boot/grub/menu.lst.
> > > Specifically, you want to remove "quiet" from the boot line. (I think
> > > this is all you have to do, but it's been a long time since I messed
> > > with Grub.) The goal is to make the boot process stream the text
> > > messages of what is going on instead of just giving you a GUI progress
> > > bar. I'll bet there are one or more processes that are hanging and
> > > then erroring out.
> > Good thinking. LinuxMint v9 has Grub2, so there is no menu.lst Any
> > pointers as to how I edit Grub2, please?
> I know little of Grub2, so I can't help there.
> Chris. made the suggestion to use dmesg at the command line. (Make the
> terminal window really big!) This will give you all the messages that have
> happened since the start of the boot process. The problem with dmesg is
> that it will show the errors and hangings, but not how long it took to
> hang and error out. Some errors are virtually instantaneous; others might
> take a minute or more. Still, dmesg is a good idea.
> You could also boot to recovery mode. That is, at the start of the boot
> process hit Esc, which will bring up the Grub boot menu. The default is
> the regular boot to the GUI, but underneath should be a recovery mode.
> This will stream the messages as you boot. The problem is that recovery
> mode boots you to a command line and does not load the GUI. If what is
> hanging is part of the GUI you won't see it when you boot to recovery
> mode. Nevertheless, it may help.

I'll go through the dmesg procedure first and report back.  If the gurus on
this list can find nothing wrong, I'll go the recovery mode.

Thanks for the suggestion.



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