I installed ubuntu 5.1 a couple of days ago. The installation went well. When I got to the Ubuntu desktop, I had 23 updates waiting for me. One was a KERNAL. So after I installed the software I was told in a message that I should reboot ASAP because a new KERNAL was installed. When I rebooted, the Gimp menu told me that this was true. When I rebooted I got a nice graphical login screen. almost at the end of the desktop load a nasty little window appeared and told me there was an internal error! HAL failed to initialize. After I figured out what HAL was I tried to open him up. The device manager flicked open for a second then shut down. I knew then that the nasty little window was telling the truth.
This is what I have tried; I uninstalled and reinstalled HAL, which by the way, uninstalls a bunch of stuff, including Ubuntu desktop; I did the same thing again except did a permanent permanent, deleting the configuration files; Then I turned all the permissions on for HAL. Then I used "repair a broken program" from the pkg manager. Sad to say these things didn't work.
I'm trying not to have to have to completely reinstall. I hope there's an easy fix for this. Everything else works fine except my cheap printer, and I've already got a lot of extra stuff installed.
I heard there was a program that I could use to use my printer driver on my WinXP hard drive. But with HAL outta commission, I can't access that drive.