Update of 17 Aug causes broken pipe error Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit

Posted on 2012-08-18
Last Modified: 2012-08-24
Ubunutu (64-bit) update that came out Aug 17 evening (New York time) caused PC not to reboot.  Got broken pipe error. Had great running system and upgrade ruined it. Another error when I was trying load in failsafe mode said something about difference between update and nVidia driver (173 driver).  See details below for more info.

john@john-N68S3B:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 VGA
00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation C61 [GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a] [10de:03d6] (rev a2)
Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp Device [1565:1405]
Kernel driver in use: nvidia
Kernel modules: nvidia_current_updates, nvidia_173, nouveau, nvidiafb
john@john-N68S3B:~$ sudo apt-cache policy nvidia-current
[sudo] password for john:
Installed: 304.37-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1
Candidate: 304.37-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1
Version table:
*** 304.37-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1 0
500 precise/main amd64 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
295.40-0ubuntu1.1 0
500 precise-updates/restricted amd64 Packages
500 precise-security/restricted amd64 Packages
295.40-0ubuntu1 0
500 precise/restricted amd64 Packages

What are next steps?

Question by:cigtoxdoc
    LVL 44

    Expert Comment

    If you hold down a Shift key when the POST screen appears you should get a grub menu (as soon as the POST tests are done) that will let you choose an older kernel, or 'recovery' mode of any installed kernel.

    I haven't rebooted since the last update, so thanks for the heads up.
    LVL 44

    Expert Comment

    Oh, but I'm not using nvidia drivers, either.

    I know in fedora, if the akmod method of adding the nvidia drivers is used instead of kmod, and they're late with an update of the video drivers, rebooting to an older kernel will proceed to have akmod wreck the ramdisk file for that kernel, too. But since I don't use the nvidia drivers, I don't know if Ubuntu even has the kmod/akmod methods.

    Author Comment

    Thank you for your replies.  PC in question is the one my secretary uses.  Having it boot correctly is very important, especially when I am traveling.  My scientific consulting business is truly very small business.


    Accepted Solution

    Correct driver is at This driver has 13 AUG 2012 date on it.

    I got rid of all others showing on Synaptic except for 302.17 nvidia settings. Now PC boots correctly.


    Author Closing Comment

    I searched for nVidia linux 64 drivers and found nvidia web page with the details.


    Featured Post

    Free Trending Threat Insights Every Day

    Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Installing FreeBSD… FreeBSD is a darling of an operating system. The stability and usability make it a clear choice for servers and desktops (for the cunning). Savvy?  The Ports collection makes available every popular FOSS application and packag…
    Using libpcap/Jpcap to capture and send packets on Solaris version (10/11) Library used: 1.      Libpcap ( Version 1.2 2.      Jpcap( Version 0.6 Prerequisite: 1.      GCC …
    Learn several ways to interact with files and get file information from the bash shell. ls lists the contents of a directory: Using the -a flag displays hidden files: Using the -l flag formats the output in a long list: The file command gives us mor…
    Learn how to get help with Linux/Unix bash shell commands. Use help to read help documents for built in bash shell commands.: Use man to interface with the online reference manuals for shell commands.: Use man to search man pages for unknown command…

    729 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    17 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now