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  • #19052
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    betman

    Hello,
    After I shut down and started, all I saw was a blank screen. So, restarted now welcome with same blank screen. What should I do to get my system back to normal?
    Thank you!

    #####Extra info
    My last actiom was installing and uninstalling lightdm-greeter.

    #19056
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    anticapitalista
    anticapitalista

    At that blank screen, Ctrl Alt F1, login as root

    dpkg-reconfigure slim

    reboot

    or

    use mc- (midnightcommander) as root and check that /etc/X11/default-display-manager has this line

    /usr/bin/slim

    reboot

    Philosophers have interpreted the world in many ways; the point is to change it.

    #19063
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    betman

    No gain! Tried both ways. dpkg-reconfigure slim didn’t work.

    And /etc/X11/default-display-manager already has /use/bin/slim.

    What can I do next?

    #19064
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    caprea
    caprea

    You can also try after Ctrl Alt F1

    to start your desktop with
    startx /usr/local/bin/desktop-session rox-icewm

    If this works you could look at your /var/log/apt/history.log
    what was maybe removed or installed and post it here.

    #19066
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    dolphin_oracle
    dolphin_oracle

    did you just do some updates?

    I would make sure the updates are complete.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    from the console (cntrl+alt+f1)

    #19074
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    seaken64

    Is this a new install? I had a similar problem and I re-did the install and chose to scan for bad blocks on the drive and it worked.

    Probably not a good idea if this is a working system already.

    Seaken64

    #19124
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    betman

    @caprea
    I had removed all default DEs (i.e. icewm,jwm,herbstluftwm) long ago and only have xfce.
    And how can I paste the /var/log/apt/history.log data now?

    #19125
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    betman

    @dolphin_oracle,
    The updates are complete. I just did as you’ve said and rebooted. Same blank screen as before.

    #19153
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    caprea
    caprea

    Did you try just

    startx

    you can also look at the history.log from the console with

    sudo cat /var/log/apt/history.log
    

    and make a note of it.
    It is sorted by date, the last ones should of course be the important one.

    #19469
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    betman

    I thank everyone for the support. But the damage was irrepairable. I had done too many changes so noting from history log was tedious and even then finding what had broken the system would be tiresome for everyone. Also, I had deleted the .icewm, .jwm files, since I was only using XFCE. So, it was not only updates which could’ve broken the system. Seeing it as a chance to try a new distro, I left it as it was and installed Fedora (used for 10 days) and yesterday I saw the 17.4 release for antiX, and installed it today, and again I’m here. So, once again, I’m thankful to everyone for their advices, thank you guys!

    • This reply was modified 2 days, 7 hours ago by betman.
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    noClue
    noClue

    Just a small recommendation:

    1. Always keep two different WM/DE’s (XFCE + IceWM, for example)
    2. Try to avoid ‘Testing’ and stick to ‘Stable’

    How strange is to be anything at all. (Alice in Wonderland)

    #19475
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    betman

    Thanks, noClue!
    Yes, that’s the lesson I’ve learnt, albeit the hard way.

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