@AgentS I know this sounds silly to you, but I don't understand how to copy what is on the textual screen before booting into the GUI, in order to paste here.
When I am in terminal, I could do a SELECT / CTRL-C to copy, but I cant get to this thread in my browser so not sure how to CTRL-V to get it here.
When I am HERE, in a GUI environment, I don't know how to look at what I saw previously in the Terminal as I was booting!
DON'T LAUGH AT ME!!!
Seriously, I know this must seem silly. At least I know it can be amusing for those who know this stuff very well. Why? Because I am amused at similar things in subjects I know well.
Anyway... beyond responding to what I have typed above, please tell me about doing an fsck? and SMART check?
This is a new SSD drive 860 Samsung.
Two things I know for sure:
- Early this morning the house had a power-blip. I had to restart or turn on many appliances.
- In the past 2 weeks this drive has been wiped and has seen fresh installs (repartitioned and formated) of Kubuntu, Linux Mint, and Manjaro.
2 indicates to me that it is not the drive, though I have seen them fail at any time in my windows world experience.
I would like to figure this situation out, if you all will continue to try to help. I think it is important so that I understand more and so that I feel comfortable in trusting the OS install.
Standing by.... but I am going to shut down and check connections, etc.... Will also see if I can figure out how to do the Smart check. The fsck I will wait on , for specific instructions.... seems the wrong arguments can thrash a drive!?!?
Lastly, If I get to the point that a fresh install is needed. Can I just move /home directory into an external then put it back? Or should I handle it differently?
I have Timeshift running, but RSYNC to this same drive... and I also have a USB stick with FileZilla I once used to make an IMAGE of a system. I will want to reload my apps and reconfigure the File Manager settings anyway, so I think my only concern is /home docs and files.
Let's see if we can get this fixed though. It will show me how and be encouraging!
NOTE: I went to install GSmartControl to try to do a SMART test, and I get this:
Warning: lib32-systemd: local (243.9-1) is newer than multilib (242.108-1)
Warning: systemd: local (243.9-1) is newer than core (242.108-1)
Warning: systemd-libs: local (243.9-1) is newer than core (242.108-1)
Warning: systemd-sysvcompat: local (243.9-1) is newer than core (242.108-1)
Not sure it is significant, but wanted it in this post in case.
Oh! Updating this post...
@AgentS You had asked specifically about "hard reboot" and suggested using the "fallback kernel image"...
When I say hard reboot, I mean SHUTDOWN versus RESTART. I guess, since I was immediately shutting down and then trying to boot back up, I miscommunicated with "hard reboot". What I maybe should have said was that I used the menu selections to shutdown, and then restarted after the main unit went silent and dark.
For the fallback, is that when I get a selection between Manjaro and (I can't remember the other option) that counts down during a startup?
You folks must get awfully tired of these noob questions! Thanx for persevering!