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    Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    After recent updates to one of my 20.04 desktops, on reboot the desktop became unusable. I would login (tried both Gnome and Wayland) and the desktop would fail to properly load up. At worst it might go to a solid color screen with mouse cursor available and then kick back to a login (possibly triggered by me via input, not 100% sure) and at best it would just flash the desktop in a zoomed out fashion and never be usable. I have a sample of this on YouTube: https://youtu.be/TAJLRMZeFew I suspect this was a screen effect of the desktop zooming in to full size that just never completed. I can still Ctrl+Alt+F3 to get to a terminal and that works properly. I've rebooted into the other installed kernels available in grub and still have the issue, if I boot off of my 20.04 USB install stick the screen is fine. Those lead me to believe that it is not hardware (stick works) and it is not kernel related (kernels I've used for months w/o issue now show problem). This makes me think it is something either with the X.org server or with software that runs on desktop load, or a recent display driver update if there was one. Video would be on-board to the MB, Intel H87 chipset.

    I'm thinking I could start with stopping software from loading on login but I've got no idea how to do so. Non-OTB GUI items I've got that I can think of off the top of my head:
    * Conky
    * Screen sharing enabled
    * Gnome System Monitor shell extension
    * Solaar is installed and would often auto-display the GUI window on login

    Below are packages showing in the dpkg.log installed prior to the reboot where the issue appeared, but it is possible something was installed earlier that wasn't fully in effect until this reboot. I'd need to look at everything from December 20th to January 12th that got installed and it doesn't look like the dpkg.log goes back that far.
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    This is my first time running into this sort of a problem with Ubuntu and I'm not sure of the next steps to take. Any suggestions?

  2. #2
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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Pow_2kPow_2k; Hello -

    How about this for a thought -
    Broken graphic's driver.

    What have we for:
    Code:
    sudo lshw -C display
    Nvidia/AMD chipsets ? No driver - then we can poke at it some more with the "nomodeset" boot parameter for a confirmation of driver issues.

    there is a process
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Here's the sudo lshw -C display ouput:
    Code:
      *-display
           description: VGA compatible controller
           product: Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 2
           bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
           version: 06
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
           configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
           resources: irq:30 memory:f7800000-f7bfffff memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:f000(size=64) memory:c0000-dffff

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Pow_2k; Welp -

    So much for that thought -
    Intel; and Intel "just works" - the driver is included in the kernel and the i915 driver is available.

    Presently I have no other suggestion to offer.

    A know-it-all I am not
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Thanks for the try. It's early on, hopefully someone else will come along with additional insight!

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Quote Originally Posted by Pow_2k View Post
    Thanks for the try. It's early on, hopefully someone else will come along with additional insight!
    +10

    There is a world of knowledge here
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Do you have a specific reason you need the HWE (5.8) kernel in this 20.04 install?
    Does the problem occur if you boot this 20.04 install with the latest 5.4 kernel you have installed?

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Quote Originally Posted by halogen2 View Post
    Do you have a specific reason you need the HWE (5.8) kernel in this 20.04 install?
    Does the problem occur if you boot this 20.04 install with the latest 5.4 kernel you have installed?
    No specific reason for 5.8 that I'm aware of, just running the updates as they're available.

    I'm sure I tried booting from all the available kernels in grub previously with no luck. But I went and looked this time and only 5.8 kernels were listed. I reinstalled a 5.4 kernel, rebooted, selected it from grub, and DING! Success! Usable desktop again.

    So, what am I advised to do from here? Since future updates will just purge off old kernels I need to avoid those for the time being. Hopefully this is already being looked at and will be corrected in the 5.8 kernel.

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Based on reading this Ask Ubuntu entry I'm going to guess what I'm experiencing is related to this bug.

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    Re: Flashing wrongly sized destop after login

    Quote Originally Posted by Pow_2k View Post
    No specific reason for 5.8 that I'm aware of, just running the updates as they're available.

    I'm sure I tried booting from all the available kernels in grub previously with no luck. But I went and looked this time and only 5.8 kernels were listed. I reinstalled a 5.4 kernel, rebooted, selected it from grub, and DING! Success! Usable desktop again.

    So, what am I advised to do from here?
    My suggestion would be you adjust which kernel metapackages you have installed, such that you only get the latest 5.4.x kernel. Step 1 is to install that metapackage -
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-generic
    Then reboot into latest installed 5.4.x kernel and purge the problematic 5.8 kernels & HWE kernel metapackages.

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