Okay, good. Your home directory is on a separate partition. And we now have a public copy of your GRUB boot menu, just in case.
Great djohnston!, so you are one of the PCLOS Gurus
I don't know about that. But I do know how to get what you want done. Print this out.
1. Open your file manager in your home directory. Set the file manager to read hidden files. Make a folder named hidden. Copy every file and folder that begins with a .
(dot) to the folder named hidden.
2. After you have backed up all files you need to back up, boot the computer with the 2012.01 LXDE mini or full iso. It must be a 2012.01, or there will be more "catching up" to do, and these instructions will not work.
3. At the keyboard screen, pick your keyboard layout, whatever it will be, English or Spanish.
4. After you have booted from the iso, click the My Documents icon on the desktop and navigate to your home folder on sdb6. It will be one of the items listed in the left pane of the window after "Applications". I cannot tell you which one it will be. You should be able to tell by the size indicated, or the disk label, (if there is one), or by browsing the contents.
5. Once you are in your home folder, click Tools at the top of the window, and select "Open Current Folder as Root". The password is root.
6. As user root, delete the hidden files and folders (the ones starting with a .
) that you previously copied to the folder named hidden.
7. Close the PCManFM window.
8. Open a terminal. Enter:su
9. You will get a message that / is busy. That is normal. In the terminal, enter: mount
10. Be sure nothing on sda and sdb is still mounted. Enter exit
in the terminal and close the terminal.
11. You may want to disable xscreensaver by going to More Applications > Configuration > Configure Xscreensaver and choosing Mode: Disable Screen Saver.
12. Click Install PCLinuxOS on the desktop. Select sdb1 as mount point / and sdb6 as mount point /home. sdb5 will automatically be selected as swap partition.
13. After choosing your mount points, sdb1 will automatically be selected to be formatted. That is what you want.
14. sdb6 will not be selected to be formatted. That is your home partition. Do not
15. Proceed with the installation.
16. When you get to the GRUB bootloader part of the installation, install GRUB to the MBR of sdb, the solid state drive. Be sure you do not install GRUB to the Windows drive.
If you have any doubts or any questions during installation, stop and post here.
17. The installation will probably create a GRUB entry for Windows. Most likely, it will need correcting later.
18. After installation, eject the CD and boot to the Linux installation. Create your root password and your username and password.
Because you do not yet have the newer kernel installed, you will need to use your ethernet connection. You will be able to use the wireless after installing the newer kernel.
19. As soon as you have logged in to the new installation, enable Clipit if you want. Open Synaptic. Just the heanet repository will be selected. Click Reload.
20. DO NOT click Mark All Upgrades.
The next step is crucial. If this is not done correctly, you may have to do everything again. This is where you originally ran into problems, because none of the latest isos have the current repository list.
21. Scroll down the list of packages and mark apt-sources-list
for installation. DO NOT select anything else for installation. Click the Install button and install just that one package.
22. You will see a message that /etc/apt/sources.list was saved as /etc/apt/sources.list.rpmsave. That is normal. The rpmsave file is your old (out of date) repository list.
23. Click Settings > Repositories. You will now have two repos selected. The first one only has the megagames section. That is okay. The second one will be the heanet repository with the regular PCLinuxOS sections enabled. You can select another repo, other than heanet, if you wish. But DO NOT select more than one repo other than the megagames entry.
24. Click the Reload button again.
25. Click Mark All Upgrades.
26. Click Apply and install all updates. After they are installed, REBOOT.
27. Log in to a PCLinux session again. Don't install any extra packages yet.
28. Open Synaptic. Click Settings > Repositories. Select the PCLinuxOS repo you are using other than the megagames one. In the Section(s): line, add the word testing
with an extra space after the word. The contents should now be:
main updates nonfree games kde4 xfce4 testing
Don't forget the extra space after the word testing. Save the changes.
29. Click the Reload button.
30. DO NOT click Mark All Upgrades.
31. Click the Search button and search for packages with the word kernel.
32. Find kernel-3.2.18-pclos1.pae.bfs and mark it for installation. Accept all other packages to be installed.
33. Find all packages beginning with dkms-. Mark for upgrade any that are upgradeable. They will all be video drivers.
34. Click Apply. Wait for the packages to be installed.
35. You will get a message that you need to reboot to apply the new kernel. Before rebooting, click Settings > Repositories. DELETE the testing section, leaving one extra space after the word xfce4. Save the changes.
37. Let the GRUB menu boot Linux from the default selection. That will boot your new kernel. You should be able to set up your wireless card again.
38. To correct your Windows GRUB entry, add the entry shown below, or replace the current Windows entry with what is shown below. You will need root privileges to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst.title windows
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Any questions, problems or comments, post again.