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Intrepid has been out for about a week now. Normally the ubuntu upgrades and installations work flawlessly, however when I upgraded to Intrepid there were a few problems. The most profound is what some have called the “Black Screen of Death”. It’s when ubuntu simply freezes up. So it happened that after the upgrade I was hoping to check out some of the new features in Intrepid, as soon as I logged in, Ubuntu just froze up, just a black screen with a mouse pointer that I could move but could not use. Couldn’t switch to virtual consoles, couldn’t restart X, nothing. In the end decided to use the power button to power off the machine.

Despite knowing that a restart seldom fixes an issue in Linux, I was still hoping the it would boot up just fine this time but it was not to be. Again a BLACK SCREEN that won’t allow you to do anything.

Cause

As it turned out, compiz was having issues with Intel onboard graphics on certain motherboards (845 in my case). There has been a bug report for the problem and it was mentioned in the release notes (damn I didnt read it before upgrading)

Solution

Booted up the system again, this time logged into Failsafe Terminal Session. Removed compiz

sudo apt-get remove compiz compiz-core

So no pretty desktop effects and other compiz tricks in Intrepid. Boooo… So sad as they worked perfectly in Gutsy and then Hardy. Hoping for a bug fix to be pushed into updates soon, so that we all will be able to use the compiz goodness once again.

Moral

Read the release notes thoroughly!

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If you ever wondered where is your disk space flying away when you don’t seem to have a lot of media files and Gigabytes of music you might want to take a deeper look. First off let me put things into perspective, being a blogger I have to keep trying new softwares and tips and tricks to make sure that you the readers get nothing but the best and validated and working stuff. So today when I wanted to install some stuff I found that I have only 1 GB of disk space left. I quickly opened up C:\ and had a look on what was eating up so much space, there was nothing unusual happening there. Then it struck me that it must be the system restore eating up the space. I mounted the partition in Linux and this is what I found:

disk info

You might have to go into folder options and choose Show Hidden Files and Folders to view the folder.

Now I have some Linux ISO’s indicated by "Red", but the main point to notice is that System Volume Information (Green) is consuming a whooping 3.3 GB and this by no means is very much, I have seen System Volume Information consuming 10s of GB depending on the size of the partition. So now what can you do?

Well you can turn of system restore completely but that is not recommended as you might have to roll back to a save point if anything bad happens to you system. The other more wise thing to do would be to decrease the disk space available to System Restore. You can access this as follows Right Click My Computer Icon and choose properties or Choose System from within the Control Panel or do it my way and Just Hit the Windows Key + The Pause/ Break Key (next to scroll lock). This will open up the System Properties Dialog box, from there click on the System Restore Tab and from there click on a drive and you can change the amount of disk space allocated to System Restore. Be warned this will mean having lesser number of restore points to revert back to.

So its one of those catch 22 like situations where you have to find a path that best suites you and is optimum for you. I would suggest to move the slider to allocate anywhere between 0.5GB – 1.0GB. So have a look at your drive and adjust the slider to get some space back!


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