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

Posted on 2012-08-18
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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 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-sw...pdates/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
295.40-0ubuntu1.1 0
500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/restricted amd64 Packages
500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/restricted amd64 Packages
295.40-0ubuntu1 0
500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/restricted amd64 Packages

What are next steps?

Question by:cigtoxdoc
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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.
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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

ID: 38309514
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.


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cigtoxdoc earned 0 total points
ID: 38309594
Correct driver is at

http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...37-driver.html 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

ID: 38328479
I searched for nVidia linux 64 drivers and found nvidia web page with the details.


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