desktop b0rken: was Re: X not working on precise

Liam Proven lproven at
Thu Sep 13 13:33:40 UTC 2012

On 13 September 2012 14:27, Dave Howorth <dhoworth at> wrote:
> Dave Howorth wrote:
>> After upgrading a machine that was hapily running lucid to precise, the
>> graphics no longer works. I expect it's a pretty simple problem to
>> diagnose and fix but I'm out of touch with the state of the X server and
>> config files and graphics card support etc and google has shown me hints
>> but nothing definitive. It's a fairly old PC.
> [snip]
>> It appears from synaptic that I do not have fglrx or
>> xserver-xorg-video-radeon or xserver-xorg-video-ati or
>> xserver-xorg-video-r128 installed. I don't understand why not,
>> especially given hwinfo appears to indicate it should use the ati
>> meta-driver. Nor do I understand why the grep command returned no
>> output, since I would hope that the Rage 128 is supported by the r128
>> driver. (edit: I do understand now - the only file in that directory is
>> geode.ids and it has just to ids in it. But I don't know why there
>> aren't more files, so it seems like I can't trust that web page)
> I got impatient and installed xserver-xorg-video-ati. That has fixed
> things so the X server starts. I've no idea why the upgrade broke that.
> Another thing the upgrade has broken is the desktop. I was using lxdm
> and lxde. I now see a different login screen (presumably lightdm?) that
> doesn't appear to have any method to select desktop session type and
> that logs me into something that says "Ubuntu Desktop". I don't know
> what that is (though I have my suspicions) but it definitely isn't lxde :(
> So, grr grr grr, why has the upgrade broken my desktop! And I suppose
> I'll have to start googling for ways to fix that now unless some kind
> soul can point me in the right direction?

Sounds to me like you should be running Lubuntu, not Ubuntu.

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