Just in case anyone ever reads this ....
Hello, my name is Kim, and I'm a glutton for punishment
Been havin nothin but hell outta 2 of my mosheens in the last week, one with a failing 40gig IDE OS drive that had to be replaced while it was still capable of slingin data and another started actin wiggy so I opened it up to find the CPU cooler fan was tits up.
The failin OS HD was in my hot rod so I dropped in another drive and while I was at it decided to move from the Ubuntu 10.04 to the newer 11.04 version while I was at it and to step up from the 32 bit to the 64bit while I was feelin frisky as well .... and then the walls fell in with the roof quickly following
Loaded it up, went about tweakin some settings and Bang ... broken OS, RE-loaded it and Bang, Bang, broke it again!
Loaded it one more time and voila, well.... almost, so long as gettin online wasn't any part of the expectation!
For some whacked reason the ethernet connection would enable while rebooting and then Shazam, as soon as the desktop would come up the previously lighted channel on the router would flicker off and bingo, no internet connection
I fiddled with this crap all day last sundee and finally just said stuff it and set the puppy to the side figuring I'd try a new ethernet card when I was feelin a bit more enthusiastic about the whole thing.
Ok, so fast forward to yesterdee when the fallback machine started actin up ...
Surmisin the situation I found the fan on the cooler was mounted in such a way to find another fan in my box of goodies that fit it "just" right waddn in the cards at the moment so I yanked the MoBo, popped off the old cooler and dropped in better one ... UpGrades
Got it back together and while re-installin the Mobo I see there just so happens to me a spare PCI ethernet card sittin there doin nothin. A hold over from a previous networking experiment, but I digress.
So I snag the ethernet card, slap it into the other machine, hook it all up and from force of habit accidentally put the ethernet cable into the socket off the Mobo and fire it up .... and the damned thing just worked.
Had this not puzzled me so badly, I'd have been much happier about the whole thing, but it's workin, so how bad could it be right?
So I was off again on my tweak happy ways as I set about personalizin the new OS and this time though I managed to break the mic/headphone software I got it fixed with some diggin around, got pretty much all the software packages installed I wanted and so I rebooted and when it reloads I'm lookin at nothin but a desktop background with no taskbars or squat to open anything with, basically just a one pic pony show without even a sign for how to stagger to the freakin exit, and .... my rum supply was gettin mighty low too!
So, needless to say, about this time all is not exactly peaches and cream at the ol Casa de Steele and I'm really beginnin to feel like this guy ->
Decidin to tough it out and make this sumbitch straighten up n fly right again I played with some stuff to finagle a way back online (which was a good trick without so much as a Firefox icon in sight) and wrangled my way into a forum and found in my tweakin I had done a big no-no that had led to the deletion of my Gnome Panel, which consists of 2 taskbars and all the quick launch links to my common aps!
Luckily I also found I wasn't the only other dufass to have done so and hence found a fix, slid it in through the terminal and Holy Moly Amos, it was on like Donkey Kong again.
The upshot of this all is I do not feel like the Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit OS is a ready for prime time player at the moment and with 11.10 due out next month, the idea of tryin that one out is definitely a back burner thought.
However, the 10.04 32 bit LTS (long term support) version which will be supported through 2016 by comparison is a hardy workhorse tweakable set up that's easily recommendable.
BTW, I fixed the rum shortage issue too
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24/09/2011 03:42AM by Mrkim.