[xubuntu-users] Problems after updating 14.04

David Walland davidwalland at googlemail.com
Tue Sep 23 07:13:55 UTC 2014

Thanks to all!  It's easy when you know!  I know about rebuilding laptops,
so I think I'll simply change the card.  Life is too short!

It's quite hard for someone like me who learned about computers in the days
of ALGOL, FORTRAN and binary/assembler and has only been a user since the
PC revolution (I was a handy BBC Microcomputer programmer in the 1980s), to
get my head around these things without you guys and I'm hugely grateful
you all took the time to answer me.

I love messing about making old laptops do things you wouldn't believe.  I
have an ancient Toshiba 1710CDS running 12.04 surprisingly well on 288 MB
RAM with a 6GB HDD.  I'm planning to update it to a Pentium 3 (Celeron
right now) and add a 20GB HDD preloaded with 14.04 iso, as soon as I get
time, to see if it can run that.  Right now its performance compares well
with a DELL Vista machine, more modern than this Latitude.

I'll report back, but don't hold your breathe - "Mission-control" has
thousands of jobs to remind me of, whenever I "play" computers...



On 22 September 2014 21:56, George F. Nemeyer <tigerwolf at tigerden.com>

> On Mon, 22 Sep 2014, David Walland wrote:
> > Where do I find /var/log/dmesg?  I've spent ages looking for it
> > without success.
> Dmesg isn't a log file as such.  It's a dynamic snapshot of kernel-related
> messages that are kept in a limited-memory buffer.  For that reason, the
> oldest entries eventually disappear.
> Just type 'dmesg' at a prompt to see it.
> Many distros (at least intelligent ones) will save the initial dmesg info
> to a file in /var/log in order to keep the bootup messages for later
> examination.
> You can also do this manually at a prompt:
>         dmesg > /path/to/some/filename
> which redirects the usual console output to a named file.
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