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Old 06-21-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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My ubuntu has become garbage for some reason


When I first installed ubuntu on my Acer Aspire one, it was the best OS I had ever installed. It was lightning-fast, and it never failed. I did a couple of mods onm Firefox and everything was savvy. Then, I upgraded to JJ and everything was even better. There were no errors whatsoever. Then, for some reason, about 2 weeks later, everything started failing. firefox returned to default anbd is now incredibly slow, the LED for the internet does not work, it crashed all the time, it overheats, the battery lasts less, pages with a lot of images can't be loaded and it takes FOREVER to boot.

Please, any help?
 
Old 06-21-2009, 09:16 PM   #2
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By the way, I was mistaken

I started with Jaunty Jackalope and upgraded to Intrepid Ibex.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 09:53 PM   #3
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jaunty is 9.04 and intrepid is 8.10... you said you "upgraded?" I'm confused as to how that works... is it even possible to downgrade like that from synaptic?
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:00 PM   #4
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I started with Jaunty Jackalope and upgraded to Intrepid Ibex.
Interesting upgrade.

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Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ubuntu_releases
8.10 Intrepid Ibex 2008-10-30
9.04 Jaunty Jackalope 2009-04-23
What did you do to Firefox that made it slow?

Your computer has an LED for Internet? I have to ask because I've never seen that kind of LED.

When you say the it crashed all the time what are you talking about? Firefox? Ubuntu? What kind of crash?

You say the battery lasts less, right? Are you talking about a notebook computer? And you say the computer overheats, right? Maybe you should check the cooling fans to see whether they are working.

I can't even guess what might be causing all these problems. I've been using Kubuntu relatively trouble free for years now, and so have a lot of other people. Given so little information to work with, it's really hard to make any kind of helpful reply to your request for assistance.

Last edited by Telengard; 06-21-2009 at 10:03 PM. Reason: spelling fix
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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jaunty is 9.04 and intrepid is 8.10... you said you "upgraded?" I'm confused as to how that works... is it even possible to downgrade like that from synaptic?
Oh, yeah, sorry >.>

From 8.10 to 9.04. I confused those to for some reason.

And it's a netbook. The battery problem is probably unrelated to the OS, but the fan thing probably isn't. I ran a thing called Acerfand that turns the fan on and off, and it worked fine at first, but it no longer does.

And it crashed whenever i open pages like, say, facebook. By "crashes" I mean have to force quit on firefox.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:15 PM   #6
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If the cooling fans aren't working, as you suggest, then that definitely explains your overheating problem. Overheating can be the cause of many problems, including crashes. Get those fans fixed if you want to keep using this computer.
 
Old 06-22-2009, 08:06 AM   #7
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The Ubuntu directions for the Aspire One tell you NOT to use acerfand

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne
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(19/02/09) This is an update to the following fan control section below. The user space script "acerfand" originally used to fix the noisy fan problem can cause race conditions and lockups as it accesses registers asynchronous to the kernel. A kernel module to do the fan control has recently been created and this avoids the race condition problem.
Might want to read the rest of the info on that page as well..
 
Old 06-22-2009, 02:06 PM   #8
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I'd say the firefox thing is a plugin issue or a firefox issue. Try the beta, it might fix the problem. Alternatively, try Konqueror or Opera on facebook.
 
Old 06-22-2009, 06:44 PM   #9
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The Ubuntu directions for the Aspire One tell you NOT to use acerfand

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne


Might want to read the rest of the info on that page as well..
Nice detective work, farslayer! Just hope for the OP's sake that his computer isn't already severely damaged as the article suggests can happen.
 
Old 06-22-2009, 11:01 PM   #10
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the links in my sig have many how-tos for different distros on the Acer Aspire One..
should be the first stop before installing any distro is to read the release notes and errata, if there are any for your specific hardware...
 
  


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