After a short stint with VMWare Player, Virtualbox and Winconn*, I'm now apparently stuck with a broken Ubuntu installation.
Even after uninstalling VMware Player and Winconn (I won't uninstall Virtualbox, since that's my main means of virtualization which I've been using for much of my career), I'm unable to suspend, shutdown or reboot.
Whenever I attempt to shut down or reboot the system, it will become stuck at the splash screen (which is an oddity in itself, since I already disabled the splash screen where-ever I could. Including the GRUB config). Whenever I attempt to suspend (either by terminal, Ubuntu menu entry or by shutting my laptop lid), the screen will turn black while the rest of the system is still running in full force.
Anyone out there who might know a solution that doesn't come down to "re-install everything"?
What I've already tried:
Uninstalled everything I installed yesterday (including the kernel modules VMWare kept asking for, excluding Virtualbox and Virtualbox Guest Additions).
Re-installed and re-initialized AMD fglrx drivers.
Upgraded the kernel to 3.12RC7 (wouldn't work, since it's now asking for a valid GPU driver and won't let me log in with either a terminal session or default graphics)
added GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="acpi=noirq quiet splash" to /etc/default/grub, as was recommended in an older thread for 12.04.
force updated grub for half a dozen times.
force downed the network manager service before shutting down the system.
edited /etc/default/speech-dispatcher (R
managed to get into verbose mode just once, only to be greeted by an pci_msi segfault (GPU driver, possibly?)
My setup, according to "uname":
3.8.0-32-generic #47-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 1 22:35:23 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
I'm really at a loss here. I hope someone will be able to help me save my precious setup. :(
EDIT: Forgot to mention. My specs are as follows:
- Lenovo Thinkpad E535
- CPU: AMD A8-5800 @ stock
- GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7640G
- fglrx: Catalyst 12.9 (tried the most recent beta but it refused to boot into Unity with my APU, so the choice was to either downgrade -- what is what I did -- or stick with the power hungry 7670m)
- RAM: 4GB
*I actually wanted to find the best way to seamlessly run Windows 7 applications from within my Ubuntu setup.