Installling Bodhi 7Alpha4 broke my computer! (Not Really) Mar 9, 2023 6:22:27 GMT
Post by enigma9o7 on Mar 9, 2023 6:22:27 GMT
I decided to prepare my Athlon to test Bodhi 7. A couple years ago it was running Bodhi 5 on a 500GB hard drive. When Bodhi 6 came around, I put in a SSD for the new install, then copied what I needed from the old HDD. After that, the old drive pretty much sat there doing nothing for more than a year. So a couple days ago I thought I'd clone my Bodhi 6 over to the old HDD, so that I could install Bodhi 7 on the SSD and still be able to boot the old Bodhi 6 if anything went wrong and to copy things from, similar to the last version. I copied a few last things, booted into bodhi 5.1 one last time, and made sure there was nothing left I cared about on that drive.
I don't recall ever cloning a Linux drive before, so after a quick web search, decided to use the Clonezilla ISO. Downloaded it and put it on my Ventoy USB drive, booted it up, went thru the menu doing my best guess at settings Started the clone, and less than 2 minutes in, 10.23% done, it froze. Fluke I guessed/hoped, and tried again, however it wouldn't "see" the partition on the old drive anymore. So I tried to boot normal, and my heart sunk went it stopped at and error, dropping me to some busybox initramfs. I had been careful to only write to the old drive so the SSD with Bodhi 6 should have been untouched and boot fine. It told me an error about fsck needing to be performed manually, and then I realized, it was talking about the old drive! Not sure why it couldn't boot the SDD! I booted Bodhi live from USB, and used gparted to remove and recreate a big blank ext4 partition on the old drive. Then I rebooted, with fingers crossed, hoping my original Bodhi 6 was safe.
And it was, it booted fine. Relieved, I tried Clonezilla again, and again, and again with various settings, finally the failsafe mode, but it *always* froze less than two minutes into the clone. So then I tried doing it directly from Bodhi live, installing Clonezilla on there. Same thing. Then tried doing it directly with dd, which also froze up after a couple minutes. Argh. All of this was over a couple days off and on, and seemed to be getting nowhere and didn't have any other ideas, but decided to give up and at least try installing Bodhi 7 on the old HDD. One reason I was doing this was I wanted to make sure the legacy nvidia-340 driver from PPA worked correctly, but never got that far - I froze up during the installation process at some point too, partway through copying files.
So again try to boot back to Bodhi 6 on the SSD, but cannot. The computer itself stops at the end of POST. It won't go into setup with del, won't go into boot menu with esc, none of the normal stuff works - it just finishes detecting ram and drives then stops... forever. Installing Bodhi 7 broke the whole computer! (joking) At this point I think I'm stuck, but decide to unplug the old HDD. Fortunately again, everything is fine, SSD boots Bodhi 6. I shutdown, plug the drive back in, PC stuck at POST again. Unplug it, boot up bodhi 6, plug it in hot, gparted sees it so I delete everything and make a nice ext4 partition again, like I'd done a million times after every Clonezilla freeze. Reboot and still stuck at BIOS. Hmmmmmmm.
So as it is now, if I try to boot (off another drive) with this hard drive plugged in, it can't past POST. So I guess the hard drive is dead? I can still hotplug it after booting. Any tests to run on it before it goes in the bin? Just weird it suddenly decided to die now.... and one step farther away from testing bodhi7 on hardware