Re: Squeeze System "Bricked" after Software Upgrades 09/04
On 09/04/2010 11:36 AM, Sven Joachim wrote:
On 2010-09-04 17:23 +0200, Gilbert Sullivan wrote:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM
Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated
Graphics Device (rev 02)
My crystal ball tells me that you've been hit by this change in the
| linux-2.6 (2.6.32-21) unstable; urgency=high
| [ Ben Hutchings ]
| * [x86] i915: Blacklist i830, i845, i855 for KMS
| (Closes: #568207, #582105, #593432, #593507)
Ouch! That's so mean of them!
So downgrading the kernel would be my first attempt.
I'm going to ask a couple of questions because I'm not quite sure how to
even research them.
The situation right now is that the system isn't connected to a network.
I gather that, in order to downgrade the kernel, I've got to manage to
connect from a command line interface. Haven't done that before in
Linux. I use wicd. I'm supposing it's time to do man ifup and man
ifdown. I think I can get through that.
However, I've never downgraded a package. From what I can see it looks
as though 'dpkg -i package.deb' is used, providing I can find out how to
get the appropriate package. I just looked in /var/cache/apt/archives
and didn't see the previous image in there. That would be my fault. I
used 'aptitude purge ~c'. Doh! I've been blithely doing 'aptitude
autoclean' and 'aptitude purge ~c' after each set of upgrades all along.
I read that that was a good practice on the Debian users forum. Eh.
Maybe not so much. I've been blindly trusting that I would be able to
work my way around any new issues that came up with package upgrades.
But having my display subsystem blacklisted doesn't seem to be something
I can work around.
Do you have any specific suggestions as to how I could go about this? Is
it time to retire this subnotebook (at least from use with Debian)? I
really don't much like the idea of staying locked at an earlier
linux-image version due to the possibility of related security issues.
(I guess they're rare, but I'd still prefer to be as up-to-date as
Many thanks to you,