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Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

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Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

I had a very nice & nifty 9.04 set up dual booting on my laptop. It wasn't broke so I should have left it alone
Today in my wisdom I decided to upgrade to 9.10.
It seems to have upgraded but now there is no sound, the touchpad is not working and the whole thing is sluggish
I would appreciate some advice on how to fix this please.
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

Did you do a fresh install or an upgrade? Also what laptop?
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

it was an upgrade from 9.04 to 9.10
The laptop is an Acer 5610Z dual booting with XP
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

One thing I noticed when I did an upgrade of Ubuntu was it MUTED the sound. Have a look at the sound icon and see if it is muted (right click).
Touchpad is another can of fish!. Search in Synaptic for touchpad and see if there is a new driver there.
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

I did check for the mute and it was unchecked. Will go and look in Synaptic, thanks
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

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I had a very nice & nifty 9.04 set up dual booting on my laptop. It wasn't broke so I should have left it alone

Sorry to hear that Santiago.
Have you tried a 10.04 Live CD, I think the RC is out now. If that works ok then it may be worth upgrading to that. The release is due for 29th of this month. I must admit I experimented with 9.10 ( my netbook is still running 9.04 ) but it broke my 3g dongle so I decided I would wait for 10.04.
In preparation I did split my /home to a separate partition so that a 10.04 install would be possible later.
I've been testing the 10.04 Beta using VirtualBox on my desktop and its looking pretty good to me.
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

Check the stream as well as the main sound icon, it may have the stream set to 0 even thought the main sound is set full.
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

Doing a spot of googling this seems to be a possible solution to pulseaudio issues after upgrade to 9.10
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1.Add user to audio group
sudo adduser 'you' audio
2. Delete contents of ~/.pulse
3. Reboot.

Have you already found and tried that Santiago ?
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

Thank you both for your help, I have the sound and the touchpad working. I would like to give you both a precise and detailed account of the procedures I used to effect the solution.
However I was just fiddling about with the drivers in Synaptic and re-installed the touchpad drivers. When I rebooted I got a pop up asking me if I wanted to keep the existing menu.lst.
Now during the upgrade I had selected "keep existing menu.lst" but this time I selected.........err the one at the top.
When it was rebooted the Touchpad and the sound were working. I am now going to have a good look around and make sure everything else is working.
Regarding 10.04, I normally wait a while until the new versions have had a good shake down before upgrading, hence my efforts today with 9.10!
Edit: BTW Opera has disappeared!
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Re: Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, touchpad & sound problems

I would have a look at menu.lst - it's probably in /boot/grub
Does the boot entry stuff near the end of menu.lst correspond with your updated kernel?

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Regarding 10.04, I normally wait a while until the new versions have had a good shake down before upgrading, hence my efforts today with 9.10!

Yes I would tend to agree with you there. I do get the impression that since 10.04 is a LTS release its not quite as cutting edge as 9.10 and from my tests with Virtualbox its looking good.
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Does the boot entry stuff near the end of menu.lst correspond with your updated kernel?

Cheesy    It does now.