Loosing the system


  • OpenMandriva Lx version:

OpenMandriva Lx 4.0.12 x86_64

  • Desktop environment (KDE, LXQT…):


  • Description of the issue (screenshots if relevant):

This is a short but a long history too about my OpenMandriva… Since 2016 I’ve watching the fall of its performance, before loosing some important updates thru the Control Center and a block to upgrade the browser Firefox in Mozilla’s ways. But I know… its a common and repeated case here.

The real problem is because now I lost a lot of functions like just be enable to download packages and repositories; to execute some .exe [ as the Firefox 89 used after download the package manually ]; to transfer or receive some files thru bluetooth; to acess my smartphone in the USB port… All during the last week! Its made me knew about the 4.2 and 4.3 versions, but all that limits are blocking me to do the upgrade to try resolve it. And yesterday, my notebook lost the system initializing directly to the bios. Fortunatelly, I have a boot disk in a pendrive, but after reinstall the system its not running, ever staying in that screen’s transition between the power on and the desktop background loaded.

How could I save my computer?!

  • Relevant informations (hardware involved, software version, logs or output…):

Welcome @m.i.k.a to OpenMandriva forum.

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OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 came out in May of 2019 what were you using in 2016 and how did you get from that to Lx 4.0?

Back up any important data and do a fresh install.

If you can boot to recovery mode it might be possible to fix your current system. To fix things we will need some additional information.

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@m.i.k.a Post output of

uname -a


dnf repolist

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@ben79, I just accepted my Linux notebook as a gift.

txs! I’ve for method backup my main files uploading to GoogleDrive, so I could save almost it all before the boot actions.

3 days after reinstall the system the computer was reinitialized without any files saved inside the folders. for now, I’m preparing the upgrade to 4.2 stable version.

how could I install the KDE isoimagewriter to try upgrade to 4.2 version without use the Control Center, a software pre-installed to burn USBs or a file .exe into the packages available to download?

The command to install a package is dnf install <package> the command to remove a package is dnf remove <package>. KDE image writer is not available for OM Lx 4.0. So use ROSA image writer. Both of those are very simple applications that just copy to flash drive with the dd command. Functionally they are the same. To install ROSA image writer:

$ sudo dnf install rosa-imagewriter

ROSA image writer is well tested in OM Lx and folks have been using it for a long time. KDE image writer is available in our Rolling branch and will be available with OM Lx 4.3.

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but can I try it to install 4.2 version?

@m.i.k.a after installing OM Lx 4.2 this and this are a helpful resource. This includes the following:


And a lot more.

Of course. Why not?

Post-edit: That is why I wrote:

@m.i.k.a This is a How to Install for Lx 4.3. Just pretend it is saying 4.2 the steps to install are the same.

Post-edit: Removed. The steps in the Lx 4.3 install How To should be fine for Lx 4.2. But please do let us know how you get on. Feedback helps a lot.

@ben79, I couldn’t install the Firefox 93.0 package using this command line. Anyway, when I wrote “su -c usuario dnf install”, I received these two feedbacks:

-compressed: “permission denied”
-descompressed: “: symbol lookup error: /home/usuario/Downloads/firefox/libxul.so: undefined symbol: gdk_screen_get_monitor_scale_factor”

Maybe its because the OM 4.0.12 version but its just a possibility… Can you translate it for me?

Option 2:

Download the Firefox Browser in English (US) and more than 90 other languages

select your language, download;
extract archive in a directory at your choice in your home.
The executable is firefox.

I did it first, for sure… but I’ll try again thru this URL. txs @rugyada!

there are a bad way for me again, @rugyada. the file isn’t executable with a double click.

@m.i.k.a I seem to be confused as to what you want to do?

We probably need to back up and find out exactly what you have on your computer. Could you post the out put of these commands here please:

Post-edit: Posted as code the results would look similar to but not the same as this:

[ben79@R5-Z-3767 ~]$ uname -a     
Linux R5-Z-3767 5.11.12-desktop-1omv4002 #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Apr 8 22:12:12 UTC 2021 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[ben79@R5-Z-3767 ~]$ dnf repolist
repo id                                                                                         repo name
rock-updates-znver1                                                                             OpenMandriva Rock - znver1 - Updates
rock-updates-znver1-non-free                                                                    OpenMandriva Rock - Non-free - znver1 - Updates
rock-updates-znver1-restricted                                                                  OpenMandriva Rock - Restricted - znver1 - Updates
rock-updates-znver1-unsupported                                                                 OpenMandriva Rock - Unsupported - znver1 - Updates
rock-znver1                                                                                     OpenMandriva Rock - znver1
rock-znver1-non-free                                                                            OpenMandriva Rock - Non-free - znver1
rock-znver1-restricted                                                                          OpenMandriva Rock - Restricted - znver1
rock-znver1-unsupported                                                                         OpenMandriva Rock - Unsupported - znver1

Or if you post that information as a screenshot it would look similar to but not the same as this:

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ok guys, I’ll follow your recomendations to post out put that repo commands. but just to clear, I already reinstall the OM LX 4.0.12 thru a boot USB disk and now I’m trying upgrade the Firefox 38 for some newest version before upgrade my OM.

at this moment, the Mozilla’s automatic upgrade is being denied for lack of admistrative permissions; the files .exe of the packages aren’t executable after the download, as the 93.0 version available in the website’s navigator; and any program is available in the Control Center.