Upgrade for GP...FYI stuff
I did the upgrade through updater, just for GP, resulting in a complete
crash. I have and Aspire 7520 with dual AMD K8 Athlon64 processors, 4
Gb RAM, Nvidia GeForce 7000M, and Broadcom BCM4311 (not factory), and a
second monitor attached to the laptop. 2x 500 Gb hdd (sda1 = / , sda2 =
/tmp , sda3 = swap , sda4 = /Isolibrary (data), sdb1 = /Crypt (data).
I usually just do a fresh install so I thought I would give the update a
spin for reporting purposes. Generally updates go smooth but this one
went south in a blink. I made it through downloads and a good deal into
installation when the laptop primary screen went black and the second
screen was filled with alternating carrot and ampersand (^ <at> ^ <at> ^ <at> ^ <at> ^ <at> ^ <at>
etc. etc.). Caps lock was flashing which typically has been a kernel
panic. System was non-responsive.
Installing 14.04 using "Something else" from a Unetbootin built
thumbdrive worked as advertised until reboot then I confirmed kernel
panic, at least in the build scenario. I get at boot, sequence number
was consistant in every attempt at 1.6 ish :
[ 1.610263] Kernel panic - not syncing: No init found. Try passing
init= option to kernel.
Final solution was to dd the iso to a thumbdrive and build as usual and
here I am. There is nothing to solve here, just did it for testing. My
system is from 2007 but has plenty of juice left. I have had kernel
panics in the past derived from trying to load the bcm additional
drivers for the broadcom. My wifi has to be activated via
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
So if 14.04 tried to load those drivers then it would explain the
crashes. I did see what looked like bcm activity during the thumbdrive
installation processes so was thinking this may be the culprit.
Willing to answer questions or post bug if necessary.