On 07/15/2011 03:06 AM, enderandrew wrote:
> I upgraded my mother’s computer from openSUSE 11.3 to openSUSE 11.4 last
> night and now we’re having some issues
> (this is an all-in-one PC) but xrandr shows two video devices active with new kernels, VGA1 and LVDS1.
> this PC didn’t have a separate home partition.
this is a bit confusing to me, because:
- i wonder which of these supported paths did you follow to ‘upgrade’
from 11.3 to 11.4:
c. fresh format and full install (having saved data off machine)
d. a new way, you invented (please explain)
2 my wonderment increases when you say the “PC didn’t have” a separate
home…because i wonder how that happened:
e. was the PC purchased with 11.3 pre-installed by the maker/seller,
without a home partition?
f. was the PC bought with something older than 11.3 installed (without a
home partition) and you ‘upgraded’ (from say 10.x)? if so, explain how
you made that upgrade…
g. what is the file system in use for the install partition? (is there
another OS on board? what?)
- hardware with two video devices and one screen sounds interesting:
h. would you mind telling us the maker and model of this device?
i. does it perhaps have a touch screen (which might be showing up as a
second video device)
j. do you have a complete system backup made with the working 11.3
(prior to the 11.4 ‘upgrade’) which you can revert to?
k. was there an active xorg.conf file in the 11.3 (or previous) install?
do you have access to any xorg.conf which worked on the hardware?
l. since it seems this device might have had a life prior to 11.x (as
10.3 by default, had a home partition), please tell us its age and
hardware info…that is, does it meet the recommended (not minimum)
hardware requirements of 11.4, found here:
note: you may see no logic in my questions, but they spring up because i
get the notion you may need to save off the collected data (music,
emails, whatever) and do a complete format and then a fresh install of
11.3 (which used to work, right?)
because, it sounds like maybe part of your problem is a series of
upgrades which has left ‘stuff’ lying around in the corners to mess up
and then figure out what is the best way forward with the hardware
limitations you have…
like, “Sticking with the 11.3 kernel forever” may be the only real
solution available to mom, with that hardware…and, that might be
the only real solution for you that is possible when (if?) 11.3 falls
under Evergreen’s purview…
or, maybe (depending on hardware limitations) the only real solution for
keeping this hardware in use safely and securely is to transition to a
different distro with less hardware demands, but with updating of
security patches, etc (like Puppy or one of the other ‘slimmer’ distros)…
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