Common Problems and Fixes

I upgraded my nvidia graphics drivers to version 319 with the 'Additional Drivers' program in Ubuntu, and the user interface doesn't work anymore!

The 'jockey-gtk' program does a very bad job of switching drivers to a later version (most commonly, it doesn't disable/remove the old nvidia kernel modules from your current kernel). To fix this, try:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current-updates nvidia-304-updates

sudo apt-get install --reinstall nvidia-319-updates

sudo reboot

The window borders are too small to resize windows in XFCE!

You can easily resize windows by holding down the Alt key, and right-clicking one of the window corners.

The login window won't remember my preferred login session!

You can set the default login session (DE/WM) by editing /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and changing the user-session value.

The Crash Reporter won't stop crashing!

Sadly, this appears to be an issue with Apport and having a home directory on /afs, or outside of /home. You can stop the crash reporter from continuously reporting itself by removing the files in /var/crash.

The installer fails during the partitioning step!

The installer will occasionally choke when encountering a disk that has unfamiliar filesystems on it (i.e. another linux or Windows install). If you clear the existing partitions, it should complete normally. Make sure you back up your old data if it's needed!

-- StephenJahl - 15 Feb 2013
Topic revision: 11 Sep 2013, StephenJahl
 

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