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    Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    There's probably more about the problem in this forum, seems like I saw something of the sort, just couldn't find "a very same case".

    On an old Asus A3N laptop, I could start Karmic only with older kernel (2.6.28-18.) and rolled-back video driver (that well-known xserver-xorg-video-intel-2.4), otherwise the system froze on boot (Ubuntu logo -> black screen, only "brutal hard shutdown" possible)
    After upgrading to Lucid beta1, everything worked OK (probably no changes were made to video driver/kernel used - or the changes made were "positive"). Same with beta2 and rc, respectively.

    However, after the final release I decided to make a "brand-new" installation - ant that was a fatal mistake: the black screen freeze on boot is back.
    Installing Karmic and network update doesn't help, either: when updating, Lucid wipes ver2.4 intel driver with no option to keep it.
    In Lucid, a "driver rollback" is impossible: when I try to do it, an error message appears:
    Code:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
      xserver-xorg-video-intel-2.4: Depends: xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.5.99.901) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages
    Well, of course I do have xserver-xorg-core installed (version 2:1.7.6-2 which looks "=>" than 2:1.5.99.901) but...

    Please does anybody know a working solution? Now it's possible to boot only in failsafe mode which is pretty "minimalistic" (even a dock or Avant window navigator don't look/work properly).

    Would highly appreciate any good advice!

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    Re: Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhatever View Post
    Thanks but...

    Well, "Workaround F" is just my case as I have exactly
    Code:
    $ lspci -nn | grep VGA
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device [8086:3582] (rev 02)
    I followed the instructions carefully - with no result.
    It tries to boot, lets me log in, then - flickering for a minute and message "Ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode".
    In fact, it's the same "failsafe" mode I turned on manually without doing anything...

    Any further ideas folks?..

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    Re: Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    Does it say Workaround F works 100%? No. On the other hand:
    Switching to -vesa has been found to 100% stop the freezes. However, this regresses a lot of functionality: No 3D hw acceleration, no accelerated video, no HD resolutions, poor external monitor support. Probably other issues too.

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    Re: Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhatever View Post
    Does it say Workaround F works 100%? No.
    It says,
    "This way X now works flawlessly without any crashes at least for those with:
    $ lspci -nn | grep VGA
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device [8086:3582] (rev 02)"
    (c)
    I'm definitely "one of those with..."

    However, I'm not complaining but just informing))

    To enable vesa driver, is it enough to modify xorg.conf like
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Driver "vesa"
    EndSection
    ???

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    Re: Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1470685&page=2

    look at #11 (same config as yours), #12 for solutions

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    Re: Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    Quote Originally Posted by dino99 View Post
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1470685&page=2

    look at #11 (same config as yours), #12 for solutions
    Thank you.

    Results:

    - An error message
    Code:
    sudo install xserver-xorg-video-intel
    install: missing destination file operand after `xserver-xorg-video-intel'
    - Installing a new kernel (2.6.33) - no visible changes, everything is as it was
    Last edited by Mike BFD; May 10th, 2010 at 06:36 AM.

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    Re: Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    Please does anybody know where to check if the developers team is going to repair this? Maybe there's a bug report with some "official comments"?..

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    Re: Older laptop freezes after upgrading to 10.04 (Intel video issue)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike BFD View Post
    Please does anybody know where to check if the developers team is going to repair this? Maybe there's a bug report with some "official comments"?..
    I have exactly the same Intel chipset. I have solved the freeze by using a newer kernel.

    To upgrade the kernel do the following (32 bit):
    Code:
    wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.33.3-lucid/linux-headers-2.6.33-02063303-generic_2.6.33-02063303_i386.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.33.3-lucid/linux-headers-2.6.33-02063303_2.6.33-02063303_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.33.3-lucid/linux-image-2.6.33-02063303-generic_2.6.33-02063303_i386.deb
    sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.33-02063303-generic_2.6.33-02063303_i386.deb linux-headers-2.6.33-02063303_2.6.33-02063303_all.deb linux-image-2.6.33-02063303-generic_2.6.33-02063303_i386.deb
    This is solution #16 from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1470685&page=2

    Of course, you need to boot into a failsafe mode. To achieve this press escape in GRUB menu (before booting) then select a failsafe kernel mode then terminal+network)
    Last edited by octavsly; May 26th, 2010 at 07:57 AM. Reason: more useful info

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