[ubuntu-uk] Scrambled screen

Greg Herdman gherdman at toucansurf.com
Sun May 17 08:29:07 BST 2009


Hi Everyone,
I'm really new to the Ubuntu scene; got involved about 6 months ago. 
Everything has been working fine until a recent update session. An 
incomplete update was signalled (I 'd just installed ClamTk and PiTiVi a 
day or so earlier. At first the screen dropped into 'basic' low-res 
mode. I managed to reset it using the appropriate desktop apppication 
(forgot it's name!) but the resolution wasn't quite as previously, so I 
tried to tweak it. Result - totally scrambled screen such that the 
desktop is unusable.

I've been making basic use of Live mode from the installation CD, which 
works well with everything looking fine. I can access the harddrive, 
save and retrieve files, read and write removable media and also print. 
The downsides of Live user mode, however, are substantial, particularly 
in terms of speed, so I need to get back to my original settings.

DSo, my question - I've noted a recent thread that seems to imply that I 
could reinstall over my current installation which would leave all my 
files within 'home' intact. Is this so?
I'm using Ubuntu 8.04LTS (Hardy Heron) on a desktop.

Any ideas - much appreciated.

Greg




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