Boot issues, fairly newbie questions

Asked by Dedric Friedly

I'm having all kinds of issues that i can't get squared away.

Seems the heart of my issues are graphics card, but since I upgraded to 12.10/3.5 kernel, i'm also now getting SSD errors on boot.

Current Status:

I'm unable to boot "normally" any more, i can only ever get to a screen or TTY using an older kernel (3.2 stream) and using "noapic nolapic". I've tried updating fglrx and also went with the fglrx-updates version for my RADEON HD 5800 card. Nothing seems to work

Also, i can't ever get the 3.5 kernel i have to boot at all, always gets hung after bringing up my CD-ROM scsi.

Hugely frustrating and I am completely out of ideas and think at this point all the booting and kernel boot changes may be doing more harm to my SSD.

So the question is pretty simple, what are some suggested next steps/other data points to get me headed in the right direction.

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

Try to remove completely the fglrx driver(s). Follow the commands below

$ sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*

$ sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf

$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri xserver-xorg-core

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Then reboot you system and see if is working better.


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Dedric Friedly (dedric-friedly) said :

running a x64 system, so wanted to confirm step (3) here. i386 still the proper option?

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Dedric Friedly (dedric-friedly) said :

Also I just went ahead and did the full steps as outlined here and some oddities

1) I can't get to login screen
2) power cycle i edit linux boot commands to add "noapic nolapic" and get to login screen
         - after login i get a dump of few things but then stops and won't go back to gnome desktop..
3) power cycle again and try linux boot "nomodeset" ONLY
          - last entry on screen is "scsi 6:0:0:0: CD-ROM..." and then nothing and i'm stuck yet again

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

Well , it seems that the Linux Kernel 3.5 (series) has some incompatibility with you hardware ?

I cannot think something different.

I told you about the graphics driver , because the open source (radeon) its for sure that works with almost every AMD/ATI card at 12.10 , but the closed source (fglrx) not working with AMD/ATI cards of series 2xxx-4xxx , because AMD/ATI dropped the support for linux for these cards and is not compatible (the fglrx) with Xorg 1.13 (Ubuntu 12.10 use it).

If you try to re-install the open source ?

sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Further than that I can only suggest to revert back to 12.04 (fresh install required).

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