Brief notes on Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) -> 9.10 (karmic)

Recording my Ubuntu upgrade experience has become something of a tradition, so here goes.

  • Machine 1 (laptop, LG T1 Express Duo). Largely trouble-free. On-board soundcard not seen on reboot. Fixed (temporarily, lost on reboot) using “sudo alsa force-reload”.
  • Machine 2 (various generic hardware, cobbled together over many years). Upgrade smooth until final restart, when machine froze. Rebooted to a blank screen. Fixed by swapping out ATI video card for old NVidia FX5200. Discovered that rsyslog is running riot due to a hot CPU and is trying to fill up /var/log.
  • Machine 3 (Dell Optiplex GX550). Install froze at “stopping winbind server”. Rebooted with rescue CD, mounted and chroot-ed into Linux partition, tried “dpkg –force-all –configure -a”, but to no avail. Reinstalled in same partition, all is working well.

All in all, not very impressed. Canonical, could do better.

3 thoughts on “Brief notes on Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) -> 9.10 (karmic)

  1. Went ok for me apart from blank screen on re-boot which was fixed by another re-boot. But I’m running almost nothing on mine, although it is a getting on for ten year old laptop which barely copes.

    • Same on my two computers (desktop & netbook). First reboot ended on a blank screen with nothing happening. The problem went away after 2nd reboot.

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