Changinnng to default BIOS settings has created problems.

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at
Tue Apr 21 06:28:46 UTC 2009

stevenvollom at wrote:
> While waiting for a reply, I tried to install nano.  I cd to steven at Yesua:~$
> then:  steven at Yesua:~$ sudo apt-get install nano
> and got this:  W:  Not ussing locking for read only lock file 
> /var/lib/dpkg/lock
> E: Unable to write to /var/cache/apt/
> E:  The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
> Hope I am not bugging you too much.  I am trying to stay ahead of the 
> work as much as possible.  It must be very frustrating helping me.
Hi Steven,

no worries. It is a pleasure to help. Just I am living in Germany within 
a different time zone and we Germans tend to need the occasional nap now 
and then. ;-))

The problems renaming the files and installing nano are caused by the 
fact that your file system is mounted "read only". This means what it says:

You cannot write to it! So installing a new application (nano) or 
renaming/modifying files are not within reach. You also cannot remove 
your nvidia 180 files

The question remains what we can do now.

As I see it, you can try to start your Linux normally, i.e. not in 
rescue mode. When you are at the black screen, seeing "nothing", you 
might press "CTRL-Alt-Del" and then, hopefully you will be back at a 
commandline with a writable file system. Chances are you might need to 
press Alt-F2 after this to get to a "real" login.

However this is just a wild guess since I can/do not know what happens 
on your machine.

Furthermore you did a "halfway new" repair install, as far as I recall.
This also might be causing trouble, here.

So if anything else fails, my final suggestion is to download the latest 
Release Candidate of Jaunty and install this.

Surely a Linux genius on the list will have a better idea...

kind regards

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