Fixing a broken Ubuntu upgrade

ITWorld just posted an article I wrote outlining how I fixed a broken wireless card driver after an Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10 upgrade.

3 thoughts on “Fixing a broken Ubuntu upgrade

  1. I’ve tried to comment on the ITWorld site, but, ironically, the website is broken — “An error occurred. Please ping the site administrator for help!” when I try sign in via Google Friend Connect.

    (1) Using bold monospace font is risky — some monospace fonts lack a bold version, and the browser substitutes the regular one. I cannot see any bold sections in my Chromium on Linux.

    (1b) Actually I don’t see any markup that would make some of the sections bold. Lost somewhere during the publishing proces?

    (2) I'm confused. First you say the driver in use is 'rt2800pci', but then you rmmod rt2860sta, and not rt2800pci? My 11.10 install doesn't even have rt2860sta.ko!

    (3) I'm disappointed not to see any links to any bugs about the wifi regression for this hardware. Shouldn't that be the first thing to attempt in this situation -- searching in askubuntu.com, or a bug crawl on launchpad.net -- before downloading and compiling random out-of-tree drivers? While I realize you may get working wifi faster this way, it's possible that upgrading the kernel to a version from, say, oneiric-proposed, might make it work even faster? Perhaps that's not the case for rt2860 specifically, but I think you ought to at least mention those channels.

    Now that I've listed all the things that could be improved, like the tactless geek that I am, I'll try to rectify the tone somewhat by saying thank you. Articles like this are a good way to learn advanced stuff.

  2. I apologise for the broken markup in my previous comment. I didn’t realize this blog accepted raw HTML, and there was no preview button. This bit:

    some of the sections bold.

    was supposed to be

    some of the <code> sections bold.

    I hope I get the correction right.

  3. A list of locally ilenaltsd packages (not from ubuntu) can be easily obtained using synaptic:1) Go to Configuration->Repositories and turn off all non-oficial repositories2) Click the bottom Update and wait for synaptic to download the updated packages lists.3) Click the bottom Status and select Installed (locally or obsolete) There you have, the list of locally ilenaltsd pagkages. Since you are in synpatic you can even start removing the packages now

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