Problems with Updates

Kennneth P. Turvey kt-usenet at
Fri Oct 31 22:27:21 UTC 2008

On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 03:04:56 +0000, Kennneth P. Turvey wrote:

> In the last couple of months, automatic updates from Ubuntu have broken
> sound and XV extensions for X11 on my system.  I think that in the
> future once I have my system working correctly, I'm just going to
> neglect the updates, all of them, including security updates.
> What is the biggest risk associated with this on a laptop computer?  I
> just don't think security updates are going to be that big a problem for
> me.
> Is there a way to mitigate this problem without my system breaking on a
> regular basis?
> Why aren't these updates more solid than this?  There is no reason that
> whole subsystems should be trashed by an automatic update.  Wait until
> they are stable!

OK, I figured one of these problems out and I thought I would share the 
solution with you.  

Apparently Ubuntu decided I really needed to be using the intel X server 
instead of the i810 X server without informing me or requesting my 
intervention.  So I ended up with both X servers installed on my system 
and gdm was using the newer intel driver which doesn't work with XV on my 
system.  So all I had to do was to remove the intel X server and now all 
is well.  

On sound.. I still have no idea what was wrong, but in working this all 
out I had to reinstall the operating system a few times.  Sound started 
working again after doing the reinstall.  It still works even though I've 
run all the current updates.  So I really have no idea what was going on 

Anyway, thanks for all your help.  

Kenneth P. Turvey <kt-usenet at>

  I think the world is run by C students.  
        -- Al McGuire

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