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a little help for the new guy, please.

Link to this post 16 Aug 09

I have just installed the Ubuntu version of Linuz on my HP DV8110us laptop.
New hard drive (320 GB) upgraded memory to two Gig as well.
( don't even know if that stuff matters)

anyhow I am having problems. It seams the problems might be with permissions. .. not sure

two errors so far- I listed the application and the resulting error in double quotes

Update Manager

""Not enough free disk space
The upgrade needs a total of 411M free space on disk '/'
Please free at least an additional 411M of disk space on '/'.
Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'. ""


""Could not initialize the application's security component.
The most likely cause is problems with files in your application's profile directory.
Please check that this directory has no read/write restrictions and your hard disk is
not full or close to full. It is recommended that you exit the application and fix the problem.
If you continue to use this session, you might see incorrect application behaviour when
accessing security features.""

Also, when I reboot or shutdown from Linux I get a black screen with text. Not sure what all it says. But I have to hold down the power button to get it to turn off.

Link to this post 16 Aug 09

Heh, the black screen with words is init 6 killing all the processes

open a console: type df -h -- Chances are good, that you allocated
space to the wrong partitions (or didn't use your entire hdd)
/ - root
/usr - should be where most of the packages are installed, every distro has different layouts
/home - userland


console: df -h
and paste results

Link to this post 16 Aug 09

thank you for the reply
i guessed you meant "terminal" when you said console.
seems I was right.
Please keep in mind I have to switch back and forth between system and paste text to a file that I can access from both sides so i might not get the formatting correct. soo look to the previous or next line if it doens't make sense to you.

Okay - results are pasted below

thanks, Eric

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda5 2.3G 2.3G 0 100% /
tmpfs 930M 0 930M 0% /lib/init/rw
varrun 930M 104K 930M 1% /var/run
varlock 930M 0 930M 0% /var/lock
udev 930M 152K 930M 1% /dev
tmpfs 930M 628K 929M 1% /dev/shm
lrm 930M 2.7M 927M 1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile
overflow 1.0M 16K 1008K 2% /tmp
/dev/sda1 296G 23G 273G 8% /media/disk

Link to this post 16 Aug 09

One other thing while I am thinking about it.
The Unbuntu Linux install disk did the partitioning itself.
On the Unbuntu disk I ran the test mode first and I did a "check integrity" of the install disk, too. It said there were no problems found.

This is a brand new 320 GB HD that had the whole thing formatted and the windows XP Prof OS installed.

Is there another verison of Linux that might be better for a home user with hopes of using the PC for a small home business?

I would hate go back and reiinstall all of the windows stuff too but there is nothing on the PC that I "need"

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k, from what I see

/dev/sda5 2.3G 2.3G 0 100% / <- your root partition
-- way too small ..
/dev/sda1 296G 23G 273G 8% /media/disk <- ? You have all your space tied up into this

(your root partition)

/dev/sda1 is the NEW harddrive, correct? 320 gig

it looks like you took a chunk off of it to make a root partition and nothing else ? lol

made a partition for each file system
/, /usr, /var, /home so on
/ should be atleast 20gb
/usr 20+ gb
/var 5 or so gb
/home 20 or so gb

that's not really based on your situation -- you have 320 gb to split up between the partitions, but you definitely do not have the correct partitions
When you Created your partitions, did you use an Auto Allocate or did you partition it yourself?

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I've heard alot of good things about LinuxMint ?

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