[xubuntu-users] Problems after updating 14.04

Fred Roller fredroller66 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 11:21:04 UTC 2014

Hi David,
     I know I am coming in on the tail end of this but thought it worth 
the mention for later try and anyone else working with a broadcom 4311 
series card... before my mainboard roached I had similar difficulties 
getting it to run.. final solution was very simple in the end and worked 
everytime so might be worth trying:

#from: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1997880
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree


On 09/20/2014 12:34 PM, 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

- Fred

"Only those who can see the invisible
can accomplish the impossible." - Anonymous

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