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Re: [OCLUG-Tech] safety level of upgrading ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04?

  • Subject: Re: [OCLUG-Tech] safety level of upgrading ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04?
  • From: "Robert P. J. Day" <rpjday [ at ] crashcourse [ dot ] ca>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:28:13 -0400 (EDT)
On Wed, 18 Sep 2013, Jean-François Bilodeau wrote:

> I'm running Mint here, which is an Ubuntu derivative, and performed not
> one, not two but five dist-upgrade of the same installation. Some were
> smoother than others, but for the most part, they worked.
> The same harddisk (and the installating) has been in four different
> physical system (including a MacBook Pro), and worked out of the
> box--first boot--everytime. I love Linux. :D

  well, i did the release upgrade, it seemed to go smoothly, i
rebooted, got the GNOME login screen with "13.04" at the bottom, but
... every time i try to log in, i get a brief text screen so quickly i
can't read it, then i get dumped back to the login screen.

  i have no problem logging in on a text console, and everything there
seems to work fine -- that's what i'm logged in on right now, so
networking clearly works, e-mail works, everything seems fine, except
for trying to log in to the graphical desktop.

  this laptop has an nvidia graphics card, and i'm using the nouveau
kernel module, which is what i was using before, so i'm not sure it's
a graphics driver issue. not sure what log file i want to check for
diagnostics, so i'm open to suggestions.

  i'm sure it's something simple since the graphical login screen
comes up nicely, it's just the graphical login process itself that
somehow fails and dumps me back to the login.



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