Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: Dec. 27 2007,22:17
Your problem started when you said the download didn't seem to finish and then you tried rebooting. It's better to wait -- especially with a slower, RAM-challenged machine -- than to force a crash by powering down like that. The window manager you're using isn't germane to this.
You didn't say if you use swap. One suggestion: k3b may seem like an easier way to crack nuts, but it has some pretty heavy libraries. I would match your machine to apps or utilities that don't have that kind of weight -- learn how to do it via commandline (lowest resource) or a curses app, or find a GTK1 app like gcombust. (Edit: Try google for help on using cdrecord, which is a commandline tool in DSL quite capable of burning ISOs; it's a lot better suited for 64MB than k3b, imo.)
As far as fixing things, you can try booting from CD or USB stick and then finding whatever needs to be cleaned up on your hard drive. You may have to delete your backup file and start fresh, which shouldn't be a problem since your home is already there and you're running extra cycles and taking up space writing a tarball (presumably) on the same partition.
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