After installing kernel 3.8.18-pclos.a64, synaptic wouldn't update further because of a broken package. A question in another topic (http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php/topic,113794.0.html
) helped me identify the culprit as kdenetwork4-kppp-provider. (<= 4.6.5). I deleted that and installed the newer kdenetwork-kppp-provider. On reboot the OS started to open but ended up just showing a login box. I put in my usual info (as user and root) and got two terms on a black screen. Nothing I tried there got any response. The same thing happened with all the older versions of PCLOS on the boot screen. I was playing with Bodhi on another partition and that's OK, so it isn't the whole harddrive blowing up.
I installed a new MiniMe on an extra partition, hoping it could at least find some data, but it didn't even find the old partition. (Neither did Bodhi.) Tried Redo MBR with no results -- it didn't find the partition either. Gparted finds the partition, which even still has the PCLOS label, but that doesn't do any good that I know of. I don't want to make that install usable again so I'll just rebuild the MiniMe install, but there's some data I'd like to get at if possible. The important stuff was backed up, but there were a couple things I forgot, like the TBird address book.
If anyone has thoughts about using the terminals that pop up to get to some files? I'll probably download a recovery disk and see if that has anything, but will see if there are any ideas here first. Whether anything works or not, I'm thinking I'll format the whole harddrive and reinstall Mini again, just in case there are some viruses or other deep-down problems going on. Any help would be appreciated.