View Full Version : [ubuntu] I screwed my laptop...

June 18th, 2008, 03:31 AM
hello guys...

I just did something stupid... I downloaded the last update, and restarted my laptop before the installations were complete...

now: my screen resolution went straight to hell...
Im an not able to fix things because, according to the system, i need to run a couple of commands to restore de drivers as a superuser and I dont know what does that mean!.. I dont know how to run commands as root either..

also, synaptic manager wont work...

help on this POR FAVOR!!!!!!!!

June 18th, 2008, 03:36 AM
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
(One at the time)

June 18th, 2008, 03:37 AM
running as superuser means typing "sudo" (without quotes) before any command, such as- sudo apt-get install vlc.

for the video problem, run:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

i'll follow your progress and help if i can.

June 18th, 2008, 03:57 AM
thank you very much por the fast answers!!! got it right away!! :D

now, it downloaded a .19 version of the kernel which is conflicting with the .18, which one of the bunch of files in the synaptic manager is the .18 so I can delete it?

June 18th, 2008, 12:33 PM
Paste here the entire output (error message)

June 18th, 2008, 01:25 PM
There is no error message,

When a new kernel version conflicts with the older one, you can get some symptoms like:

-text on splash screen and when closing ubuntu
-taskbar disappears when you click over the log out button
-flash movies wont play
-back button wont work on firefox
-it takes ages for the system to connect to the internetzzzz

I got exactly the same issues when I updated from the .17 kernel to the .18 one some weeks ago. The point is that I need to find out the old kernel in synaptics but there's so much files in there!! :lolflag:

Once I get rid of the old one, ubuntu comes back to normal (I hope)

June 18th, 2008, 01:51 PM
Remove from Synaptic>linux-image>linux-image-2.6.24-19-generic-2.6.24-19.33
Do it while booting with the previous kernel.

June 18th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Cant I just do it the other way around?

Loading .19 and then going to synaptics to erase .18?

June 18th, 2008, 03:18 PM
I thought you said 19 was giving you problems.

June 18th, 2008, 05:26 PM
I apalogize if I didnt explain myself correctly.

I meant that, to my experience, a new and an older kernel conflict with each other. Deleting one of them (I usually delete the older) brings back everything to normal.. .