Some help is needed if possible...
My computer is an Asus X52S laptop with Core2 Duo and the N-Vidia 8600M GS... running Hardy Heron (8.04) with some other packages from Ubuntu Studio and some custom installs. Using gnome (obviously= Ubuntu) with Compiz and Emerald. The installation worked straight out of the box for most things... including wireless internet... has been really stable and handles most everything I throw at it. Because of the Audio work that I do (Ardour) it is running on the RT Kernel.
I also run Wine and game with WoW... Having installed the new WoW expansion WoTLK I had two annoying glitches occur... an echo (stuttering) in the audio and an issue with the mouse losing its ability to interact with various in-game windows from time to time... my efforts to find a solution to these issues drew a blank... it appeared from my googling and questions that I alone was suffering from these... I was sort of OK for the moment with the audio... it wasn't too inconvenient however the Graphics issue is a major pain causing me to have to crash the application (Alt + F4) and restart every time it glitched... and it would glitch roughly every 5-10 minutes.
So... I tried updating my Graphics driver to the 180 release in the Jaunty package... a long story short... it didn't work... no real surprise... I managed to revert to the old 169Rev driver with no problems
HOWEVER it still hadn't handled the problem so I attempted to upgrade to Intrepid on the reasoning that I could at least get to the 177Rev driver... unfortunately all attempts at upgrade failed... I "guess" because parts of the jaunty package were still lurking (when I first tried the 180Rev install a boatload of changes were made by synaptic... including Gnome Desktop... and I started to get errors at boot of the unable to access - connection refused kind
SO (panicking a bit now) I "thought" of trying to go through and remove gnome-terminal-whatever (brain explosion yes I know) using Synaptic and reinstall teh earlier version in the same way that I had "undone" the Graphics driver issue... bottom line it went... along with Nautilus
and NOW I cannot browse or open folders. Error message of "Could not open location 'file:///home/... There is no default action associated with this location.
No problems, thinks I, let's open the terminal and have a look... (Error: "Could not launch menu item... Failed to execute child process "gnome-terminal" (No such file or directory)"
OK Right-Click Desktop -> Open Terminal = ... waiting... waiting... still waiting... nothing
SO... I have STOPPED trying to fix it... which is the first sensible thing I did tonight... and I am posting this in the hope that someone somewhere can guide me in the direction of recovering my system...