The install itself went perfectly smooth, until it came time to reboot. Upon boot I see the new splash screen loader (nice looking, btw ) and here is where the trouble begins...
I am greeted with a corrupted login screen in which the screen is garbled, cut in half and colorized wrong. I can not type anything, nor can switch using ALT+Fx to reach a text console. The system must be cold-rebooted using the power button.
Now I am not one to give up that easy so I try to boot into recovery console using grub: I select text mode so I can do some troubleshooting, and the system asks me for my root password. Now I DID create one and I did write it down, however the system stubbornly refuses to accept my root password.
So I get on my friends Windows PC and do some searching, and I read about how Gloria sets the root password to the password of the main user... So I try that on my system and it doesn't take my user password either. So I can not log-in to the recovery console.
Next I use grub to boot into runlevel 3 (a maneuver that only occurred to me after an hour of meditation )... I login as my normal user and begin waiving my sudo wand around as I attempt to find what the problem is. I uninstall and re-install the drivers from Envy to no effect... I also try xfix and fixing broken packages, no go.
I do notice that if I uninstall the fglrx drivers and simply use vesa, the system can boot but then I have no graphics acceleration; an unacceptable solution.
I next attempted to download the ATI linux drivers from their website. However when attempting to run their driver installer, I am greeted with this error message:
Upon googling for an answer, I discover that this is because Gloria/Jaunty use a newer version of xorg, which ATI does not support in their drivers (9.3).... and if I downloaded the newest 9.5 drivers for linux than for some ridiculous reason, my video card is no longer supported!?Error: ./default_policy.sh does not support version
default:v2:i686:lib::none:2.6.28-11-generic; make sure that the version is being
correctly set by --iscurrentdistro
So it appears that in my excitement over Gloria being released, I have in essence screwed my well working Felicia system.
Now here's the thing...
I'm not even that angry about messing up my system... that's part of the Linux experience; what really gets my blood boiling is the mutual disregard for anyone not on the very bleeding edge of hardware, being shunned away in the name of progress. The video card I have is an ATI Radeon XPress X1100... not the best card on the market, but not obsolete either. It can happily run Unreal Tournament 2004 of max settings with very little hiccups. The laptop itself is less than a year old (bought it shortly after Christmas '08) and for me to be cut off like this is infuriating.
So I guess for the moment I need to roll back to Felicia if possible, and I have no idea how to do that first of all... but honestly: What am I supposed to do when Felicia is no longer supported?? I don't intend to buy a new laptop anytime soon. (I have barely broken in this one yet!)
Sorry, this is turning into a rant which was not my intent... It just seems like the spirit of Linux (supporting older hardware better) is dying a sad death here, and my hardware isn''t even that old.
--- Dazed and Confused, and not sure what to do next...