Ubuntu 12.04 Beta – Latest Update Broke My Installation

Today I ran a bunch of updates (see list below) on my 12.04 testing machine. My video card is an Nvidia 8800GTS 320. From what I can tell 3D functionality was broken. Unity 3D runs, but the screen updates are measured in 10-30 second intervals and any 3D games played look like slide shows. I have been working with some folks to try and nail down what the cause is so we can report a bug… but right now I am not sure we have a good enough handle on it.

2012-04-15 12:45:46 status installed libgtk2.0-common 2.24.10-0ubuntu6
2012-04-15 12:45:46 status installed gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386 2.24.10-0ubuntu6
2012-04-15 12:45:46 status installed gtk2-engines-pixbuf 2.24.10-0ubuntu6
2012-04-15 12:47:27 status installed libgl1-mesa-dri 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 12:47:27 status installed libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 12:47:34 status installed libglapi-mesa 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 12:47:35 status installed libglapi-mesa:i386 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 12:47:35 status installed libgl1-mesa-glx 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 12:47:36 status installed libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 13:03:03 status installed gnome-shell-common 3.4.0-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 13:03:04 status installed libgtk-3-common 3.4.0-0ubuntu5
2012-04-15 13:03:46 status installed xserver-common 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10
2012-04-15 13:04:09 status installed xserver-xorg-core 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10
2012-04-15 13:05:11 status installed libclutter-gtk-1.0-0 1.2.0-0ubuntu1
2012-04-15 13:05:20 status installed lightdm 1.2.0-0ubuntu2
2012-04-15 13:05:41 status installed linux-image-3.2.0-23-generic 3.2.0-23.36
2012-04-15 13:07:26 status installed metacity-common 1:2.34.1-1ubuntu11
2012-04-15 13:07:26 status installed libmetacity-private0 1:2.34.1-1ubuntu11
2012-04-15 13:07:26 status installed compiz-core 1:
2012-04-15 13:07:27 status installed compiz-plugins-default 1:
2012-04-15 13:07:27 status installed compizconfig-backend-gconf
2012-04-15 13:07:27 status installed compiz-gnome 1:
2012-04-15 13:07:27 status installed compiz-plugins-main-default 1:
2012-04-15 13:07:28 status installed unity-services 5.10.0-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 13:07:28 status installed libunity-core-5.0-5 5.10.0-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 13:07:29 status installed unity-common 5.10.0-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 13:07:29 status installed compiz 1:
2012-04-15 13:07:29 status installed unity 5.10.0-0ubuntu3
2012-04-15 13:07:57 status installed gnome-session-bin 3.2.1-0ubuntu7
2012-04-15 13:07:57 status installed gtk3-engines-unico 1.0.2-0ubuntu1
2012-04-15 13:08:19 status installed linux-firmware 1.79
2012-04-15 13:08:19 status installed linux-image-generic
2012-04-15 13:08:20 status installed linux-generic
2012-04-15 13:08:20 status installed linux-headers-3.2.0-23 3.2.0-23.36
2012-04-15 13:09:08 status installed linux-headers-3.2.0-23-generic 3.2.0-23.36
2012-04-15 13:09:09 status installed linux-headers-generic
2012-04-15 13:10:16 status installed nvidia-current 295.40-0ubuntu1
2012-04-15 13:10:17 status installed nvidia-settings 295.33-0ubuntu1

note: I edited this list due to length to only include potential packages. my apologies for the length of the list previously.

After much playing around and trying to catch any errors I ended up reverting to a manual install of the nvidia 295.20 drivers which is two versions ago. With these drivers Unity 3D is functional and the first two games that depend on 3D are working again. A few more tests and will file a bug report.

Further testing revealed that poor performance returns in games after a few minutes. At this point I am debating doing a fresh install of 12.04 Beta 2 and seeing if the situation is the same.

I worked with Sarvatt in #ubuntu-x at the suggestion of kklimonda in #ubuntu-bugs. I agreed to do a reinstall and then ubuntu-bug nvidia-graphics-drivers if the problem persists. There is also a thread on the Nvidia forums that details how to report issues to them.

I ended up reporting the bug via launchpad, it is bug 982710. I tried to report the issue on the Nvidia forums after following their procedures, but was unable to do so because the registration page was ‘not foud’.

The NVnews.net forums are allowing registration this morning so I posted a thread there reporting the issue with the 295.40 drivers.

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26 Responses to Ubuntu 12.04 Beta – Latest Update Broke My Installation

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  2. actionparsnip says:

    It’s beta. It’s not ready or released. What did you expect!!!??

    • Charles Profitt says:

      I did not expect anything… as you said it is in beta… I run beta on my test machine to help find bugs like this prior to release.

      • actionparsnip says:

        So why post this. You are running a beta release and you got issues. This is obvious. Why post this in the first place?

      • actionparsnip says:

        In short you posted “I’m using pre-release and I got an issue” pretty much everybody said “well…yeah” that will happen. It’s inherent of pre-release. You are stating the obvious. It’s like posting a picture of a burned hand and posting “look what happens when you put your hand in the fire”. It’s obvious and everyone knows it will happen. So why post. If everyone did this do you realise how many pages there would be of this exact same nature? It’s pointless.

        • Charles Profitt says:

          I do not think that it is obvious that this kind of problem would occur at this stage of the beta. I also think there is value to posting the updates which show what was done to report the issue so that it can be resolved. Reporting bugs on testing releases helps ensure a solid release. Helping people understand the process of reporting a bug is valuable. Perhaps you wrongly assumed this is just a ‘complaint post’ when it is not.

      • actionparsnip says:

        Then you should post it on the correct place, launchpad, in the form of a bug instead of fragmenting the bug reporting process and making little posts like this on any old site that takes your fancy. If everyone did this instead of launchpad it would make bug fighting a lot harder as user reports of bugs would be all over the place.
        Yes there will be bugs this late in the beta, there will also be bugs even a few weeks after release. If you visit #ubuntu on irc.freenode.net you will more than likely see more than 2000 users in there whereas a normal day is about 1500.

        • Charles Profitt says:

          I am sorry actionparsnip, but I disagree with you for the following reasons.

          – Bug reporting and triage are activities that could use some exposure to the general community
          – I think you missed that after posting on the forums in U+1 I did post a bug on Launchpad… as well as report the issue via NVNews.net forums

          I am not sure why you have taken this unfriendly stance in regards to a blog post about the process of working through a bug that resulted in a regression. I would ask that you step back and read the entire post progression again. Take a look at the bug report, forum thread and post on NVNews.net. If you are still upset then we will have to agree to disagree.

      • actionparsnip says:

        Not upset, just confused why you posted this here. If people want to see bugs, they’d check the place where bugs are reported.

        • Charles Profitt says:

          Yeah… this was not to ‘report a bug’ but have a post follow the process of reporting a bug. So others who might want to report a bug can. Though, to be honest, I do not think there are a high number of people who will want to report bugs and follow them through… I think showing people what has to be done will make them aware of just how detailed and time consuming the process can be.

  3. No thank you. says:

    Did you really need to post that entire log? Planet isn’t your personal support system and bug tracker. We already have those.

  4. Fitoschido says:

    What’s the point on this post? Maybe it’s just you… Whatś your graphic card? You need to investigate the issue, what you’re indirectly doing is propagate misinformation —maybe— suggesting not to upgrade to Precise, or what?🙂

    • Charles Profitt says:

      I am merely blogging about my experience. I am currently trying to narrow this down and will post an update. Precise is still in Beta so these things are to be expected, tested and overcome.

      • Fitoschido says:

        Yeah, you’re right. Though, I would not expect these kind of issues from an LTS, but I understand that “shit happens”. Not blaming any developer, of course.

  5. Fitoschido says:

    I forgot to say—I’m asking for your graphics card because I just had a crash in my Intel netbook, along with some graphic regressions. There are also some bug reports you may want to check😉

  6. It’s an important issue, which has been growing in number of reports in the latest hours. Ihave been affected by this behavior in a couple machines and have been testing it with Charles on IRC since this morning. We tried many aspects, from OpenGL, Nux, Mesa, to NVidia and even a kernel regression. Charles opened a thread at UbuntuForums testing area (Ubuntu+1 sub-forum) asking for other testers to confirm this behavior and give their input, prior to simply opening a bug report in Launchpad (which is very cautious and correct).

    Since the beginning of the PP cycle, we have a goal of keeping daily releases usable. That is explained here: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/other-p-plusonemaint-priorities and was triggered by this: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/938

    We’re all in a testing sprint and there are problems. It’s OK to test and report bugs. It’s OK to post about your experiences wherever you want Charles. Thank you for your attention to this issue and help debugging it.

  7. B Parker says:

    my ATI was broke too with the update!

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  9. atarixle says:

    This only should happen in Alpha, or may be in Beta 1, but absolutely not in Beta 2. The quality of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be the worst of all times.

    • Charles Profitt says:

      I don’t think we can say that… this is a rare event that happened due to a security problem in the Nvidia driver.

  10. Today, I experienced this on my Lucid machine with x-updates PPA enabled. So it looks like this was caused by a driver update that also was delivered to lucid through that PPA. Maybe this hint could help nailing it down.

    • Charles Profitt says:

      I did a fresh install last night… only updated to 295.40 driver and ended up with poor performance. I tried reporting to Nvidia, but the forum where you are supposed to do that was not allowing registrations.

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