Hello everyone, this morning when i restarted my laptop, instead of normally taking me to Zorin OS it took me to a tty1 console, where when I login using my username & password, and run startx, it tells me "Oh no! Something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recover."; Same happens when i shift to tty2,3,4,5,6 (I'm not able to shift to tty7)....
What should I do here? Also, right before restarting, i remember running these commands -
I ran above commands coz I'm having issues with accessing Windows after installing zorin with custom partition options and i found the commands online, but that's a different story; Could these commands have broken the GUI?
What should I do now to get back to normal? Any help is appreciated! Thanks
I would play safe and run Zorin OS in live mode using the media you used to install Zorin - you should be able to access your /home folder installed on the drive. I would then backup all your files from the /home folder to an external device or burn to DVD depending on how much data there is. Don't forget to include hidden files in the /home folder which usually precede the file name with a period, e.g., .mozilla. I would look at doing a fresh install of ZorinOS and once installed install Timeshift to take snapshots and store them in your /home folder so that if the same situation arises you can restore Zorin to a time when it works.
Alright; lets say I've taken the backup, how do I do a fresh install of Zorin OS? I am unable to access Windows 10 from the grub bootloader - when I choose the option, screen turns black for 2-3s, & then back on bootloader screen.
The thing is when I installed Zorin OS, I didn't go with installation software's partition method, but I did custom partition -
i first created 50gb free space on my drive
flashed zorin os image on a drive and booted using it
then during installation, selected custom partition
selected my main drive (i have only one) and in the ~50gb free space I had created, I created a main and swap partition.
Also, my last post was flagged my the spam detector, i think because I made 2-3 edits to it(?) I have added a lot of details in it - can you kindly check & make it visible again? I didnt intend to spam ever, i just forgot to add some details, therefore edited it.... Thanks!
@swarfendor437 So I've done my backup, how do I re-install zorin now? in my previous post, i've described how I installed Zorin OS - through custom partitioning... Can it be re-installed? Plz advice... Thanks!
Hi, firstly if you want to get back to Windows it might be worth creating a Windows installation media to use system repair tools first if you can get access to another computer to create one. But first see if enabling fast boot in the BIOS brings back Windows 10. Also check CSM (Computer System Management) in BIOS is set to EFI too to see if you can get back into Windows.
Thanks for replying! Actually since I didnt have any important data on both Windows and Zorin (I backed up whatever I had on Zorin using the live boot method you suggested), I ended up deleted all partitions of my drive (I have only 1 drive in my laptop) and am currently doing a fresh install of Windows 10 through it's bootable media. After win10 is up and running, I'll fresh install zorin as dual boot, this time by the installation tool's "install zorin os alongside your current OS" option, instead of me manually partitioning the drive.
What you should do for manual partitioning on dual boot is to use Disk Managent in Windows to shrink your C:\ drive first before setting up any other OS. Then just install to the partition you have created. If it is an SSD drive you don't need swap.
You can use [HOW TO] Partition & Install Zorin 16 to properly partition your drive for Zorin. While you may have followed a method that was supposed to work, this is a tried and true method. I created the tutorial after using this exact method to install for a dual boot. It has never failed or corrupted either partition. Read it thoroughly prior to installing (especially the before you install link).