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    Linux Mint "Super Freezes"

    Thanks, mohdforever, I appreciate the tip! I just wish it had come a few weeks ago, as it could have saved me a lot of trouble! But it's certainly something I'll look into in the future if the need arises.
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    Fixing (or even undoing) Problematic Update Attempt

    Yeah, I mean it might come to that, but I would REALLY like to get this installation back on track if at all possible. For all the talk about the performance before the update and my system being in disarray from not being tended to, it actually worked pretty smoothly. No, not perfectly, which...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Something like "You could try to switch your mirrors to the default ones in Software Sources" is not exactly going to resonate with people without strong technical expertise. This is something that people WITH technical expertise don't seem to understand. To put it very bluntly, I go to a forum...
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    Fixing (or even undoing) Problematic Update Attempt

    No. Good question, but I tried to install Timeshift in the past, and apparently the file size was so large it also basically wrecked my system. But that one was easier in that all I had to do was uninstall Timeshift and everything was back to normal. Doesn't look like this one will be so easy.
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    Fixing (or even undoing) Problematic Update Attempt

    So as some of you may know from another thread, I recently tried to deal with an issue of my Linux system intermittently freezing by running a large number of updates, and it didn't go well. While I did manage to retain some access, it's in a seriously diminished state (much worse than the...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Okay, so what is the next step here?
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    No, no output following what I pasted above -- the line with my name in it ending the dollar sign is the end of it. Well, I took a look at the other thread, and what I assume you're referring to is the switching mirrors thing, but obviously I have no idea what that refers to. Thanks.
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Okay, was going okay for a few minutes -- I did have to make that choice again, but now, and I'll paste more completely this time: Processing triggers for libvlc-bin:i386 (3.0.8-0ubuntu18.04.1) ... Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.130ubuntu3.13) ... update-initramfs: Generating...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Yes, that other text was, in fact, there (verbatim). Was just trying to give you what I thought were the highlights! Will make that selection now and see what happens...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Now I have -- wasn't sure what the correct order was. Here's the last line of output: The default action is to keep your current version. *** 10_linux (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ? Should that be N (since I'm trying to upgrade)?
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Okay, am back now. Yesterday and most of today got away from me a bit. Anyway, more issues. First of all, I just noticed then when I hover over (but don't click) that shield, it says 245 updates available! But then when I do click on Refresh, it runs for a few seconds and then I get this...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    I know there are no guarantees, but is it at least probable that if the startx command works now, it will continue to work even after more updates? Again, the current setup is hardly ideal, but at least I AM able to log on and access my files, etc. By the way, among the many problems, it still...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Ugh, I hate to "go back in," but I guess I will have to soon. Again, I just hope that this isn't the one I can't recover from. Will try to do some more backups first -- I was a bit overconfident yesterday. By the way, Brickwizard, I didn't mean to sound impatient last night! Yes, I know that...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Okay, here's what happens. I was able to boot! That's the (very) good news. Now, the bad news is that this new version (clearly some updates DID take place) is a mess. The configuration is very awkward and it seems very buggy. I almost don't know where to begin in terms of the problems, but...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Am back now. Okay, I understand the arguments about reinstalling (although that's what I was hoping this update process would help me avoid). But right now that's a moot point, isn't it, considering its current condition? That is, right now the ONLY thing I care about is at least getting back to...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Same exact thing. Once again, though, I still can get to the terminal. By the way, the menu option that I chose to get to those two options was "Advanced Options for Ubuntu," in case that tells you anything. I really have to call it quits for the day. Seriously, I don't think it will help my...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Hey, here's one more interesting thing. For whatever it's worth, and it may very well be nothing, but I still have access to the terminal. I got there by crtl + alt + F1, one of the few tricks I know. I think I better get to sleep now so I at least have some energy to deal with this tomorrow.
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Sorry, just saw this. And do it the "normal" way or with one of the new options?
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    It's almost 1:00 AM here now. It looks like Brickwizard hasn't been online for about a half hour, so I might have to wait until tomorrow when more people are online. I know I was warned, but it's just hard to believe that simply updating a system could have this devastating effect. Maybe one...
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    How Upgrade Linux Mint for First Time in Years

    Just did. Something briefly popped up with the word "ramdisk" and then a few seconds later something with the word "login" so I was hopeful for another moment, but now it's just back to that black screen.
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