Lost codecs etc after upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04

Asked by JohnPepper on 2009-05-02

I must have missed something as no one else seems to have had this problem.

I have just upgraded from 8.10 to 9.04. The machine starts up in 9.04 but previous mail, and several installed applications are missing as are Firefox plug ins and various codecs. If I start the previous version from GRUB, the Jaunty desktop appears but all the missing items are still there. How to I transfer the missing items to the new version without having to download and reinstall everything?

John Pepper

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Alexander Jones (alex-weej) said : #1

When you choose the "previous version", you are really only running the Linux kernel from the previous version.

Ensure that you are completely up to date with packages. It seems as if something is inconsistent. If you are comfortable with the shell, run the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you found that your codecs are missing, you could probably enable the universe repo via Admin -> Software Sources and install ubuntu-restricted-extras.

Tom (tom6) said : #2

Hi :)

Have you installed Jaunty alongside Ibex as an additional boot in a multi-boot or is there just one main partition for Ubuntu?

Don't worry if you don't understand, just thought i would ask ;)
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #3

It might be worth just working through the Medibuntu worksheet one step at a time

as it might be faster to just set everything up properly rather than to try going through trouble-shooting. I'm not sure though
Good luck and regards either way from
Tom :)

I believe you probably installed an extra copy rather than a direct upgrade as Tom was asking. Did you download and install from a CD?

Tom (tom6) said : #5

Thank Roland! That was a much better way of saying it. I was all clumsy there and couldn't work out a better way to ask :) My second posting wasn't much better either lol

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