The notifier keeps coming up to tell me that
Distribution upgrade available - precise 12.04 LTS - The latest stable releasebut when I try to do it, after entering password I get
Distribution upgrade process exited with code 1.
Also Shockwave Flash does not work with any of 4 browsers.
In addition to all of this, when I first installed 11 I never got the chance to specify the root password, it was installed over Mandriva to keep /home which is on a separate 80G drive, now, the original user
richardcan't log in via the gui only on ctrl,alt,1... and has root privileges so I had to create another user
anthonywho has to navigat to
richards's home to get access to my original files.
closed as not a real question by Eliah Kagan, Jorge Castro, John S Gruber, Call me V, jokerdino♦ Aug 24 '12 at 3:12
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I am 99% certain problem #1 is because your
Problem #3 is cause to believe the mixing of Mandriva and Ubuntu is the cause of all problems. At least this is the 1 big thing no-one else with a working Ubuntu did ;). It leads me to 1 single answer: reinstall from a live CD. So backup all your personal stuff and wipe your system during installation.
Oh and to fix your issue for future other OS's you want to use: put /home on a small (5 or 10 Gb) (new) partition on the 1st disc. After install remove all (7 I think it is) the directories in /home/$USER/ and symlink the directories to the external disc. That way you can always use any Linux system to get to the 2nd disc and can have several /home/$USERS for several Linuxes (ie. this way you seperate your files from system files for your user). Keep your personal files away from /home so you can always format /home.