Upgrading Hardy Heron 8.04 Beta to Linux kernel .16 breaks it; it won't boot.

Juan C. Villa juanqui at villafam.com
Tue Apr 15 18:22:44 UTC 2008

Hey Jim,

I believe that the error you are experiencing is a side effect of a fix that was comitted to workaround an issue the ALSA modules had. This fix was reverted soon thereafter. Have you attempted to boot under linux -12 kernel?

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get upgrade

If that does not work for you then you might want to file a bug at http://launchpad.net

Juan C. Villa
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Georgia Institute of Technology
juanqui at gatech.edu

From: Jim and Judi Harris [mailto:jandjharris at gmail.com]
To: ubuntu-devel-discuss at lists.ubuntu.com
Sent: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 12:01:20 -0600
Subject: Upgrading Hardy Heron 8.04 Beta to Linux kernel .16 breaks it; it won't boot.

Hi. This is my first post to this kind of list. I'm not a Linux newbie but close to it. I've been using Ubuntu for the last few years (and tried a few other versions before that), but mostly as a "Typical Windows User", where I focus mostly on using the applications, not the OS. Anyway, perhaps because of that orientation, I have chosen Ubuntu and love it, and have switched all my learning efforts to applications that Ubuntu supports, e.g. Mythbuntu, StreamRipper, DVD authoring, OpenOffice (tho I'm getting real disappointed in Writer compared to M$ Word), lots more.
So here's my problem report: I burned a verified ISO of Hardy Beta a couple weeks ago, and it installed flawlessly (after CD Check OK) on a new hard drive in a 5-year-old box I own, and I was using it a little with no problems on and off for a couple weeks, then last weekend it told me it had a bunch of updates (about 150 MB or 150 packages; I'm not sure) and that went flawlwssly too, and I did some more stuff and shut down normally. Now, when I power on, it appears to boot OK up to where the little orange thingie stops shuttling back and forth, and becomes a normal "progress bar", then it goes about 3 jumps till it's about 15% done and then just sits there forever. So I power off and on, then choose the previous version from the GRUB menu (I think it's kernel .12 to boot OK, rather than the .16 that fails). I will be happy to send some startup logs or sys info or whatever would help, but I don't know how to get them. I can run Terminal and browse the Filesystem and Locate and install new tools via the Package Manager. So if you want me to run some command-line utility, maybe with sudo, please tell me exactly what to type and I will pipe the output to a file and send it to you or whatever will help.
In general, I would like to learn what troubleshooting/diagnostic tools I should use in a situation like this, so if you want to send me some URLs to those I will learn some more.


Jim Harris
When sitting down in front of a computer to do
something useful, never say, or even think,
"I will just do this quickly."    
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