new update problems

Asked by Jeanette Castaneda on 2008-04-02

i installed the new update that was given by by ubuntu. i'm still new to the terminology but i think i run gnome. well i updated it and it said that it would be a partial upgrade lasting about an 1hr and 1/2. ever since then there's been crashes for gnome setting daemon message that pops every single time i boot up. i've already reported it and others have had the same problem. my volume knob on the laptop doesn't work to lower or higher the volume and when i minimize windows i can't see them anymore. there's just a white bar at the bottom.

is there a way to get my old version back? it was working just fine?

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you just have to install it again. transfer your information that you want first obviously.

What version of Ubuntu do you use?

Also, post the output of:-

cat /etc/apt/sources.list

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #3

i run ubuntu hardy

here's the output when put into terminal:
deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016)]/ gutsy main restricted
# See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
# newer versions of the distribution.

deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy main restricted
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy main restricted

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-updates main restricted
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-updates main restricted

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy universe
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy universe
deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-updates universe
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-updates universe

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
## security team.
deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy multiverse
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy multiverse
deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-updates multiverse
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-updates multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
# deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ gutsy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
# deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ gutsy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository. This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is
## offered by Canonical and the respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu
## users.
# deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu gutsy partner
# deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu gutsy partner

deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-security main restricted
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-security main restricted
deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-security universe
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-security universe
deb http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-security multiverse
deb-src http://mirrors.easynews.com/linux/ubuntu/ gutsy-security multiverse
deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted universe multiverse

Are you sure you run Hardy? From your sources.list file it appears that you are running Gutsy.

If you are not sure, post the output of:-
cat /etc/lsb-release

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #5

it says ubuntu hardy(development branch) 8.04

It seems that you have installed Gutsy packages, this may be what's causing the problems for you.

Try using my sources.list file(a note that the server I use is the Sri Lankan one):-

# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 8.04 _Hardy Heron_ - Alpha i386 (20071129.3)]/ hardy main restricted
# See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
# newer versions of the distribution.

deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates main restricted
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates main restricted

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates universe
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates universe

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
## security team.
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy multiverse
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy multiverse
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates multiverse
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
# deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository. This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is
## offered by Canonical and the respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu
## users.
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security multiverse

Then run:-
sudo apt-get update

For good measure, try the fix-up in Recovery Mode, boot Ubuntu in Recovery Mode and then run:-
sudo apt-get upgrade

and

sudo apt-get install -f

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #7

How do I use your source list? What code goes into terminal? Thanks again for helping!
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-----Original Message-----
From: Pramod Dematagoda <email address hidden>

Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2008 02:35:22
To:<email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #28772]: new update problems

Your question #28772 on Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/28772

    Status: Open => Answered

Pramod Dematagoda proposed the following answer:
It seems that you have installed Gutsy packages, this may be what's
causing the problems for you.

Try using my sources.list file(a note that the server I use is the Sri
Lankan one):-

# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 8.04_Hardy Heron_ - Alpha i386 (20071129.3)]/ hardy main restricted
# See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
# newer versions of the distribution.

deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates main restricted
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates main restricted

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates universe
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates universe

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
## security team.
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy multiverse
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy multiverse
deb http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates multiverse
deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
# deb-src http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository. This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is
## offered by Canonical and the respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu
## users.
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security multiverse

Then run:-
sudo apt-get update

For good measure, try the fix-up in Recovery Mode, boot Ubuntu in Recovery Mode and then run:-
sudo apt-get upgrade

and

sudo apt-get install -f

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Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #8

How do I use your source list? What code goes into terminal? Thanks again for helping!

First make a backup of the old sources.list:-
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup

Then open the old sources list for editing with:-
gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and then copy and paste my list over your list and save it and run the commands I mentioned previously.

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #10

it's not allowing me to backup. it's ignoring the code. i'm gonna try editing it anyway. i hope that's okay.

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #11

i updated it. it doesn't look any different than before.

What error did you receive when trying to backup the sources list?

Also, did you get any updated packages after reloading the sources list and running:-
sudo apt-get upgrade

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #13

i didn't receive an error message. it just was not recognizing. I typed it in and put my password and then nothing happened. the terminal startup code came up again.

Did you do:-
sudo apt-get update
?

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #15

yes. i got the updates and installed them.

Did they make any difference or is it the same as before?

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #17

it's the same. my volume knob still doesn't work and gnome crashes just like before(i think this is still an ongoing problem for most tho). also when i open my openoffice documents the recovery screen comes up and says "failed to recover", but when i select finish it brings up the document just fine.

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #18

ok i ran update one more time and now my volume knob works, but i still have gnome desktop crashes when i log in and openoffice failed recovery screens but still able to recover my documents ok.

Did you try creating a new user and then seeing if you get the same problems?

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #20

ok it's working now. i needed to run many updates but it's working just fine. thank you so much for everything!! i wouldn't have fixed it without your help. thanks for your patience.

side note: should i sudo apt-get update continuously for good measure?

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #21

one more thing, my usb flash drive isn't being read. any suggestions?

About the sudo apt-get update thing, no, update manager will do it when necessary.

About the USB drive, provide the outputs of:-
cat /etc/mtab

and
sudo fdisk -l

Oh and by the way, what you are using are sources to servers in Sri Lanka, so they might be slow for you, to fix this go to Software Sources in System>Administration>Software Sources and change the location of the servers.

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #24

cat /etc/mtab :

/dev/sda1 / ext3 rw,errors=remount-ro 0 0
proc /proc proc rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev 0 0
/sys /sys sysfs rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev 0 0
varrun /var/run tmpfs rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=0755 0 0
varlock /var/lock tmpfs rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777 0 0
udev /dev tmpfs rw,mode=0755 0 0
devshm /dev/shm tmpfs rw 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts rw,gid=5,mode=620 0 0
lrm /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/volatile tmpfs rw 0 0
securityfs /sys/kernel/security securityfs rw 0 0

sudo fdisk -l :

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe0779162

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 9566 76838863+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 9567 9729 1309297+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 9567 9729 1309266 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Is the output you posted with the USB drive plugged in or not?

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #26

it was without. i have now fixed the usb drive so it works just fine now.

my dvd playback is pretty slow and scrambled but i have posted a new post for that problem. thanks.

Jeanette Castaneda (jnetface) said : #27

Thanks Pramod Dematagoda, that solved my question.