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Old 05-02-2009, 08:45 AM   #1
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Ubuntu 9.04 upgrade fails on boot


Hi all,

I have just finished updating my older box from 8.10 to 9.04 and installing a bunch of programs. I had shut it down several times between sessions but when I unplugged it and moved it, it fails. It goes fine through the BIOS and GRUB (I think) but then when there is a screen of text it flashes to black several times and then displays a screen that looks like static with "Ubuntu" barely visible in several places.

Thanks in advance for the help!
 
Old 05-02-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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I think you're looking at some kind of X failure (at least hopefully - could also be a FS failure). Try hitting Esc for the GRUB menu, hit e to edit the first entry (if you've got one for failsafe booting, you can also try that first without editing); add "single", hit b. You should get a prompt; enter init 3 to get a full commandline, then look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf to see if anything's wrong with your X configuration. If booting to single mode fails, you're in trouble, system-wise. Use a live CD to try and rescue your data.

Did moving the box involve changing screens? How about booting the/a live CD?

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Old 05-04-2009, 07:41 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll give that a shot. When I moved the box I did not change screens. The Ubuntu live CD works just fine and I can see all of my files.

Thanks again!
 
Old 05-05-2009, 12:06 PM   #4
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I accessed xorg.conf via the root option of recovery mode. I didn't see anything that looked unusual and ran the reconfigure utility mentioned the the xorg.conf comments. I then attempted to load the X windows environment with "startx", it spit out a bunch of text and at the end:
Saw signal 11. Server aborting.
ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log
ddxSigGiveUp: re-raising 11
giving up.
xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to x server
xinit: no such process (errno 3): server error

It then quits back to the root shell.
 
Old 05-06-2009, 04:56 PM   #5
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Could you give the output of lspci | grep VGA? In any case, dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg might/will help, but lspci gives you an idea what to change in which way.

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Old 05-07-2009, 06:43 PM   #6
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Yup.
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage 128 RF/SG AGP
 
Old 05-08-2009, 05:47 PM   #7
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Okay, this means that you should use the "r128" driver; use sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg (or work without sudo from a root console) to make X use this driver. I think you should get there by following the instructions and answering the questions the process asks - I'd only change the display driver and nothing else for the time being if I were you.

You can also use lsmod | grep r128 to determine if the system already uses this driver. If it does, you might need a proprietary driver; look for one here:

http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.HTML

If all this doesn't work, there's either something wrong with the pointing device or with the keyboard settings (part of which are handled by X).

M.

Last edited by MoonMind; 05-08-2009 at 05:52 PM. Reason: Elaborating...
 
Old 05-09-2009, 09:11 AM   #8
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I tried sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg but it did not appear to have a place to change the driver. (It appeared to ask mainly about keyboard configurations.

lsmod | grep r128 did not return anything. It just goes to the next command line. I assume this means that I am not using this driver.
 
Old 05-12-2009, 06:16 AM   #9
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Hi all,

I couldn't get anything to work so over the weekend I backed up my files with a live CD and reinstalled everything.

Thanks for the help.
 
  


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