Upgrade Ubuntu 9.04

A couple of days ago I upgrade my ubuntu to the latest release (9.04). Like always I had trouble afterwards. After upgrading everything seemed to work fine. I opened firefox and didn’t see any flash … strange. I checked with dpkg and there it said flash-non-free installed. Hmmm very odd suddenly my 2 screens (dual desktop) fell out and came back, even more strange. A couple of seconds later they again fell out and I was back at the gdm login screen. What the f**** I logged back in and started investigating my flash problem. Suddenly my computer hang. I didn’t have the time to investigate so I rebooted and went to bed.

The next day I came back from work and the system was still up and running. My first guess was that the crash had something to do with the X system. I logged in from a remote system and started tailing almost all the log files. I tried to reproduce the system and suddenly again it crashed. I checked the logs but nothing came up after rebooting and rechecking the logs still nothing. As a last resort I downgraded my proprietary nvidia driver and after this my system was stable again. Anybody having/had the same problems? What fixed it for you?

2 Replies to “Upgrade Ubuntu 9.04”

  1. Check:

    – dmes
    – cat /var/log/dmesg |more

    Think. Check hardware driver stuff. Turn of desktop effects to see if it makes a difference.

    And in general (if you’re serious about running Ubuntu as your work setup): wait at least a week or two before upgrading. By then, other users (like you) have then reported/removed those last few bugs out of the release and people who really depend on it for their living can upgrade.

    Cynical? No. Just being realistic. Some people make a living USING it. And hey, guess what, that’s why they are actually creating those distros.

    all yours

  2. There are some serious Xorg-related problems (interaction between kernel, Xorg userspace driver & the actual hardware), especially when you have intel graphics. The Ubuntu wiki has some things you can try to solve your problem (and please report back what worked for you).

    (Search for “xorg freeze” on the wiki, or ask in #ubuntu-x on Freenode IRC.)

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