[nSLUG] Problems with Ubuntu following upgrade to release 10.04.2 LTS

Jack Warkentin jwark at bellaliant.net
Sun Oct 2 14:42:43 ADT 2011

Hi Frank

I would like to refresh my memory re the types and numbers of reboots 
that you performed on your laptop at last Wednesday's HCC meeting. If I 
am not mistaken, you first tried Ubuntu several times, then Windows 7 
several times, and finally got both Window 7 and Ubuntu to boot 
properly. Is that correct?

If so, and given that there were at least a half dozen or more failures 
before it finally booted properly, I have to speculate that your laptop 
has an intermittent hardware problem. If it were only one operating 
system that repeatedly failed, while the other was always successful, I 
would think there could be a race condition that was preventing 
successful booting. I have had that happen myself occasionally with 
GNU/Linux. But that would not explain why the failures occurred with two 
different operating systems.

Also, it could be possible that the fault is heat dependent. You might 
try booting when it has been switched off for several hours compared to 
what happens when you reboot after is has been warmed up for a half 
hour. The heat dependency possibility occurred to me because it had been 
switched on for quite a little while before it started to boot 
successfully with both OS's.

I realize that this is not what you wanted to hear, but at the moment it 
seems to me the most likely explanation for your problems.


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 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,
> 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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Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at bellaliant.net
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