Today's Gutsy updates broke my display

Art Alexion art.alexion at
Tue Sep 11 16:25:28 UTC 2007

Workaround found.  Problem was with xserver-xorg-core.  I downgraded to the 
previous package and am back in business.


Now I need help with the following resulting problem:

With this temporary workaround, aptitude now wants to upgrade it.  I am a 
bit confused as to how to run the daily updates while excluding this one.  I 
know that there is a command (I don't remember it now) that tells apt to 
leave it alone, but that seems it would prevent upgrading to the eventual 

Any suggestions other than saying no to aptitude upgrade and the doing 
individual installs of every other upgraded package?

On Monday 10 September 2007 18:47:51 Michael Bach (gmx) wrote:
> Art Alexion wrote:
> > On Monday 10 September 2007 14:39:28 Michael Bach (gmx) wrote:
> >> 1.) Is the black band already present when you boot (grub-menu if any,
> >> boot splash)?
> >
> > No.  Nor is it visible  on tty3 or tty1 (runlevel 3)  Only with X at
> > every resolution.
> >
> >> 2.) Change the refresh rate in xorg.conf and see what happens.
> >
> > Please be more specific.
> You could boot the system with knoppix or a working ubuntu flavor and
> see how the automatic hardware detection configures the refresh rates
> (xorg.conf).
> Without knoppix/ubuntu, you can safely try a refresh rate of 70Hz. Are
> you providng a single value (I assume that would be the 60Hz) or a range?
> Else, without changing refresh rates, you can try to switch to the X
> frame buffer driver. This will reduce graphics performance, but since
> the frame-buffer boot-splash is ok, chances are that X will be ok as well.
> The driver is called "vesafb" or only "vesa". Can somebody please
> confirm or correct on the driver name?!
> If the frame-buffer works, that would show that you're ok with the
> refresh rates.
> However, what is strange is, that you're saying the band does not appear
> on screen-shots. It sounds like as there may be something wrong with the
> graphics drivers. Have you gone through the gutsy changelogs to find
> anything happened to the graphics-drivers?
> > The monitor likes 1280x1024 @ 60hz
> >
> > The following provides further details
> > Display Mode		Horizontal	Vertical	Pixel Clock	Sync Polarity (hor./vert.)
> > VESA, 1280 x 1024  	64.0  		60.0  		108.0  		+/+
> > VESA, 1280 x 1024  	80.0  		75.0  		135.0  		+/+
> >
> > One last thing, version 2.11.92 of Evolution, which version is part of
> > Gutsy, is needed for my work.  The version in Feisty does not access
> > certain necessary features on an Exchange server.  So, with the monitor
> > problem, I upgraded the xubuntu feisty box to gutsy, and now the same
> > problem is there too.  It was not present on feisty today, nor was the
> > problem present with Gutsy last week.

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