[xubuntu-users] Problems after updating 14.04

Lutz Andersohn landersohn at gmail.com
Sun Sep 21 11:05:58 UTC 2014

I also had HUGE problems with broadcom in 14.04 after I got it to work
with some pain in 12.04. I gave up after a few days of fiddling and
bought a Centrino based card from Intel which worked right out of the
box. Cost me 10 bucks and 15 min swapping the card. I had better things
to do and spending 10 bucks was worth my time.

On 09/20/2014 11:34 AM, David Walland wrote:
> I have been running Xubuntu 12.04 successfully for nearly a year on my
> old Dell Latitude D620.  This sports 2 GB memory and a 100GB SSD. 
> Recently I decided to update to 14.04.  Everything went well and for
> some weeks the machine and 14.04 have behaved impeccably, until I ran
> a normal set of updates.
> I have a Broadcom 4311 wifi card on the machine and had managed to
> make it work following information from the Internet on how to do so. 
> After this update, suddenly the wifi will no longer work and all of
> the instructions to sort it in 14.04, I can find on the internet fail
> to work, including the "official" Ubuntu instructions.  On startup,
> just after starting the machine and before the desktop comes up it
> flashes for about 1 second information which is about the problem
> (well it says "Broadcom" but it's gone too quickly for me to read much
> more).
> How do I hold this screen long enough to read what it says?
> How do I sort out the driver so it works given that every set of
> instructions I've tried have failed?
> Also since the same update I now have a small black rectangle on my
> desktop all the time.  It wasn't there before and I can't find any
> info on the Internet about how to deal with it.  When starting, the
> desktop loads correctly until I enter my password to go into my own
> area when the black area reappears and is always on top.  It's about 8
> mm from the LH edge and about 2.5 cm down from the screen top.
> Will I have to reset swappiness and the other settings I set up in
> 12.04 to speed it up and to protect the SSD?  It's noticeably slower
> in 14.04.
> I'm a fairly new boy at Linux so please treat me gently and explain
> all those esoteric steps which all Linux non-newbies know and I
> probably won't - I'm still following instructions mostly by rote.
> Thanks in anticipation,
> David Walland

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