[xubuntu-users] Problems after updating 14.04
cody.smith9202 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 20:23:14 UTC 2014
To get to /var/log, you need to go to the root directory (the parent
directory, ~ is located in /home/<usernamehere>, where the first /
represents the root directory), then drill down in to var and then log. the
dmesg file SHOULD be there unless the OS isn't generating it, which should
only be the case if the system hit a panic on startup.
As for the screen lock and break keys, have you made sure they are bound in
XFCE? I don't recall the exact program, but I know it's in settings.
Hope I didn't over-simplify things.
On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM, David Walland <davidwalland at googlemail.com>
> Dear Hartmut and the List,
> I can't get screen lock or break to work, with or without the function
> key. Where do I find /var/log/dmesg? I've spent ages looking for it
> without success. This was what I was meaning when I asked for people to
> spell things out. I'm sure it's obvious when once you know. The problem
> is - I don't!
> David Walland
> On 21 September 2014 13:40, David Walland <davidwalland at googlemail.com>
>> Yeah, I've been contemplating doing the same thing, but it worked for
>> several days *after* the update and only disappeared suddenly after
>> updating! Very annoying! You'd think it would be worth Broadcom's while
>> to sort this out properly, wouldn't you?
>> On 21 September 2014 12:05, Lutz Andersohn <landersohn at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 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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