[nSLUG] Problems with Ubuntu following upgrade to release 10.04.2 LTS
frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca
Tue Aug 23 12:52:56 ADT 2011
Since this message some time ago, I was able to back up my 'Home'
directory to a USB drive, and with Jack Warkentin's help I re-installed
my previous (no longer LTS) release 9.10. Unfortunately, during that
installation I did a number of things differently, and didn't make notes
during the process, so I can't easily redo them and correct several
errors I made, but didn't notice immediately. Jack has offered to give
me a hand again, when we can get together, and I will probably install
release 10.04.3, correcting my errors as I go. I have been away the
past two weekends (grandchildren's soccer tournaments, etc.), so this
has had to take a lower priority..
I created a separate Data partition during the ne installation, which
would make backup easier, but I discovered that the system did not
automatically connect to that partition when I did the install -the
install created its own data partition, with samples and documentation
-which will be of no real value when I install the next release. I also
specified that the data partition should be encrypted, which could be
part of the problem for the failure to connect -I don't know. Maybe I
should keep it simpler for now by not specifying encryption but
retaining the separate data partition, but I will have to look into that
-any suggestions would be appreciated.
A second problem which occurred during the installation was that I
apparently didn't test the keyboard sufficiently -special characters
such as '|', '<', and '>' are not properly handled, which causes some
problems. It was suggested that I edit the /etc/default/keyboard file
to change the keyboard model, layout, variant, and options, and then
re-boot. My Ubuntu installation apparently doesn't have such a file.
There is a file /etc/default/console-setup which has several of those
keywords (XKBMODEL="pc105", which should be o.k., XKBLAYOUT="ro" rather
than the suggested "us", XKBVARIANT="std" rather than the suggested "",
and XKBOPTIONS="lv3:ralt_switch" rather than the suggested
"terminate:ctgrl_alt_bksp") in it, but since I plan to re-install, there
is probably no point in tampering with this setup and possibly causing
bootup problems. I have been able to produce these symbols in commands
by creating a file with the require commands on my desktop Windows
system, copying them to a thumb drive, and copying and pasting them into
a command in a terminal session.
> Frank Geitzler wrote:
>> On July 13, 2011, I started Update Manager on my Compaq Presario CQ61 to
>> see if there were any recent updates I should apply. It indicated that
>> the LTS release I had been using was no longer supported, and the only
>> update now available was to the above release. I decided to install that
>> release, and did so successuflly. Everything appeared to go well, and a
>> few days later (unfortunately, I didn't note the date when this
>> occurred) I checked for further updates and saw that there were about 9
>> available, including some security updates. What harm could it do? I
>> selected to install them all, and did so. Again, it appeared to be
>> successful, but since then when I attempt to start up my system, Umbutu
>> starts up, but when the logon prompt should appear on the desktop, I
>> hear three drum rolls and the system appears to hang.
> I assume by "when the logon prompt should appear" you mean the GUI
> login screen. At that point, can you do a CTRL/ALT/F1 and get a
> command line login prompt? If so, Windows has definitely not
> interfered with the dual boot process.
>> I have dual boot with Windows7, which does boot up successfully (and
>> which did an automatic update about the same time as the problem
>> appeared). Someone at the Halifax Computer Club Monday night suggested
>> that the Windows update may have interfered with the dual boot process.
>> I suppose that is possible, but don't have the background Linux
>> experience to figure out the problem. I can boot into a command line,
> When the GRUB menu screen appears so can can select which of Ubuntu
> and Windows you want to boot, is there a menu item providing a boot
> into "single-user mode"? If so, when you select this, do you get to a
> screen whose last line asks you to either enter the root password for
> maintenance or CTRL/D to proceed with normal bootup?
> If so, again Windows has definitely not interfered with the dual boot
>> and could look around if I know where to look, and if I knew what I was
>> looking at. I plan to bring it to the meeting on August 8th, and would
>> welcome any suggestions or assistance in the meantime. I am running
>> WindowsXP on my desktop system, which does not have Linux installed.
>> Frank Geitzler
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