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    Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    Hi,

    I have Xubuntu 13.04 and just did a dist-upgrade. Now my login screen is normal but my desktop is all messed up.

    Any idea what happened?

    20131118_112943.jpg

    Thanks.

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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    1clue; Hi !

    Proprietary drivers installed ???
    Try booting in recovery mode ( with networking)-> Additional Drivers and install the recommended driver ( preferably open source (??) ).

    hey it's a thought
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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    On a lark I uninstalled all the proprietary drivers, reinstalled xubuntu-desktop and all the packages it installs, and at this point I get that instane zebra desktop with nothing on it.

    No cursor either. Just the desktop.

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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    Quote Originally Posted by 1clue View Post
    Hi,

    I have Xubuntu 13.04 and just did a dist-upgrade. Now my login screen is normal but my desktop is all messed up.

    Any idea what happened?

    20131118_112943.jpg

    Thanks.
    If the dist-upgrade included a kernel upgrade, try booting to an older previously working kernel. It would also help to mention details of your video hardware.

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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    Booted back to the older kernel (again) and get the same zebra screen.

    07:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT200 [GeForce GTX 260] (rev a1)

    I've been using the nvidia driver.

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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    1clue; Well ...

    Let's look and see if we can get an idea of what is not going on.
    Boot to the GUI -> ctl+alt+f1 to get a console.
    What graphics card and driver are recognized ?
    Terminal codes:
    Code:
    lspci | grep VGA
    sudo lshw -C display
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 vga ##better info/confirmation
    My output, ATI card and open source (radeon) driver:
    sysop@1304mini:~$ lspci | grep VGA
    06:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV515 [Radeon X1300/X1550]
    //
    capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
    configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
    //
    sysop@1304mini:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 vga
    06:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV515 [Radeon X1300/X1550] [1002:7146]
    Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Device [1002:2342]
    Kernel driver in use: radeon
    06:00.1 Display controller [0380]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV515 [Radeon X1300/X1550 Series] (Secondary) [1002:7166]
    sysop@1304mini:~$
    Depending on the outputs, might try booting with added boot parameters (say, nomodeset) and see what can be done to load a different grphics driver.

    ain't nothing but a thing
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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    07:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT200 [GeForce GTX 260] (rev a1)

    sudo lshw -C display
    [sudo] password for ken:
    *-display
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: GT200 [GeForce GTX 260]
    vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:07:00.0
    version: a1
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
    configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
    resources: irq:24 memory:f2000000-f2ffffff memory:c0000000-cfffffff memory:f0000000-f1ffffff ioport:ac00(size=128) memory:f3c80000-f3cfffff



    07:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GT200 [GeForce GTX 260] [10de:05e2] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Device [196e:064b]
    Kernel driver in use: nouveau

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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    1clue; OK,
    Nvidia card and nouveau (open source) driver loaded ...

    Let's see what results with the boot option "nomodeset" see if the default FB driver gets us a graphics display.

    grub boot menu "e" key for edit mode -> arrow down and across to "quiet splash" insert the term "nomodeset";
    ctl+x to continue the boot process.

    we be try'n
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    Nomodeset got me a low resolution screen.

    I just tried adding the nvidia-driver again

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    Re: Botched dist-upgrade to 13.10, screen is wonky

    So does nomodeset have to stay in there, or what? I got the driver loaded and it's working full resolution.

    Thanks.

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