Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS HDMI stopped working after .3 update

Belair Stormwalker

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I am not really sure what to say here exactly, but I have been running Ubuntu on my HP Laptop since 20.04 LTS and had upgraded to 22.04 LTS. Everything was fine until .3 came out and my external video via the HDMI port stopped working and would only boot to the black screen with the flashing underline cursor. I spent months trying everything I could find, including uninstalling the Nvidia drivers, and nothing would fix it. I created a new 22.04.3 LTS installation USB and installed a new install on a blank drive and after the install is finished, it reboots to the same black screen with the flashing cursor. I used to be pretty good with Linux about 20 years ago, but I have lost most of that knowledge over time. I really don't want to abandon Ubuntu, but I am now disabled and cannot afford a new laptop, so I am stuck with this one. Here are a few of the specs for the laptop:

Memory - 16G
Processor - Intel® Core™ i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz × 4
Graphics - NV117 / Mesa Intel® HD Graphics 5500 (BDW GT2)

I am currently having to boot the Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS install USB to get on here and do anything. Please let me know if there is other information that you need and anything that you think I should try. Here is a paste from inxi:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:
Kernel: 6.2.0-26-generic arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A Desktop: GNOME
v: 42.9 Distro: Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC
v: 0974120000205F10000630180 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 229D v: 78.21 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI-[Legacy]: Insyde v: F.36 date: 02/02/2015
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 17.8 Wh (39.0%) condition: 45.6/45.6 Wh (100.0%)
volts: 15.2 min: 15.0 model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: not charging
Device-1: hidpp_battery_2 model: Logitech ERGO M575 Trackball charge: 35%
status: discharging
Device-2: hidpp_battery_3 model: Logitech K350
charge: 70% (should be ignored) status: discharging
CPU:
Info: dual core model: Intel Core i7-5500U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Broadwell rev: 4 cache: L1: 128 KiB L2: 512 KiB L3: 4 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 2555 high: 2609 min/max: 500/3000 cores: 1: 2528 2: 2531
3: 2609 4: 2554 bogomips: 19156
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 5500 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915
v: kernel arch: Gen-8 bus-ID: 00:02.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GM107M [GeForce GTX 850M] vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: nouveau v: kernel arch: Maxwell bus-ID: 0a:00.0 temp: 31.0 C
Device-3: Suyin HP Truevision HD driver: uvcvideo type: USB bus-ID: 1-3:3
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.1 driver: X:
loaded: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa dri: iris gpu: i915 resolution:
1: 3840x2160~30Hz 2: N/A
API: OpenGL Message: Unable to show GL data. glxinfo is missing.
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Broadwell-U Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0
Device-2: Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
API: ALSA v: k6.2.0-26-generic status: kernel-api
Server-1: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 status: off
Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.99.1 status: active
Network:
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Hewlett-Packard AR9485/HB125 802.11bgn 1×1 Wi-Fi driver: ath9k
v: kernel bus-ID: 08:00.0
IF: wlo1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 4000 bus-ID: 09:00.0
IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-3: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter driver: r8152 type: USB
bus-ID: 2-2.1:4
IF: enx00e04c680c80 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>

I believe this has something to do with the external video being NVIDIA, but I have not been able to fix it so far. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 


@Belair Stormwalker welcome to linux.org :)

I have to leave for my evening in Australia but I will leave you with something to go on with, and someone will likely be along to help.

1. Do you have a Grub Menu at startup, if so, and it has an Advanced Options line, you can click that and try Recovery option.

2. If not, we can show you how to temporarily make the Grub Menu visible.

In Recovery mode, a feature called

nomodeset

is used, and it may tell us something that can be expanded upon to help.

For Helpers - the OP has dual graphics, Intel and Nvidia, with nouveau being the driver currently in use.

Cheers and good luck, I will check in on my tomorrow

Chris Turner
wizardfromoz
 
Folks, bear in mind that

....and my external video via the HDMI port stopped working and would only boot to the black screen with the flashing underline cursor.

... so @Belair Stormwalker , if you follow what I said in #2, first, we can see if you can get to a point where you can make suggested modifications.

If not, can you get or do you have, an Ubuntu Live USB stick (for installing purposes)?

If so, we can use a process called chrooting to get into the system and make changes.

Cheers

Wizard
 
It appears from the Graphics output in post #1 that the video card: GeForce GTX 850M, is one supported for "optimus technology", which applies to some machines such as this one with two graphics devices. perhaps have a look here:
from where you can check a link that indicates that this card supports optimus.
I guess there is equivalent information for ubuntu, which I'm not familiar with at this point. The differences may be few however I can't say.
 
I am not really sure what to say here exactly, but I have been running Ubuntu on my HP Laptop since 20.04 LTS and had upgraded to 22.04 LTS. Everything was fine until .3 came out and my external video via the HDMI port stopped working and would only boot to the black screen with the flashing underline cursor. I spent months trying everything I could find, including uninstalling the Nvidia drivers, and nothing would fix it. I created a new 22.04.3 LTS installation USB and installed a new install on a blank drive and after the install is finished, it reboots to the same black screen with the flashing cursor. I used to be pretty good with Linux about 20 years ago, but I have lost most of that knowledge over time. I really don't want to abandon Ubuntu, but I am now disabled and cannot afford a new laptop, so I am stuck with this one. Here are a few of the specs for the laptop:

Memory - 16G
Processor - Intel® Core™ i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz × 4
Graphics - NV117 / Mesa Intel® HD Graphics 5500 (BDW GT2)

I am currently having to boot the Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS install USB to get on here and do anything. Please let me know if there is other information that you need and anything that you think I should try. Here is a paste from inxi:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:
Kernel: 6.2.0-26-generic arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A Desktop: GNOME
v: 42.9 Distro: Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC
v: 0974120000205F10000630180 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 229D v: 78.21 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI-[Legacy]: Insyde v: F.36 date: 02/02/2015
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 17.8 Wh (39.0%) condition: 45.6/45.6 Wh (100.0%)
volts: 15.2 min: 15.0 model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: not charging
Device-1: hidpp_battery_2 model: Logitech ERGO M575 Trackball charge: 35%
status: discharging
Device-2: hidpp_battery_3 model: Logitech K350
charge: 70% (should be ignored) status: discharging
CPU:
Info: dual core model: Intel Core i7-5500U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Broadwell rev: 4 cache: L1: 128 KiB L2: 512 KiB L3: 4 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 2555 high: 2609 min/max: 500/3000 cores: 1: 2528 2: 2531
3: 2609 4: 2554 bogomips: 19156
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 5500 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915
v: kernel arch: Gen-8 bus-ID: 00:02.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GM107M [GeForce GTX 850M] vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: nouveau v: kernel arch: Maxwell bus-ID: 0a:00.0 temp: 31.0 C
Device-3: Suyin HP Truevision HD driver: uvcvideo type: USB bus-ID: 1-3:3
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.1 driver: X:
loaded: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa dri: iris gpu: i915 resolution:
1: 3840x2160~30Hz 2: N/A
API: OpenGL Message: Unable to show GL data. glxinfo is missing.
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Broadwell-U Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0
Device-2: Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
API: ALSA v: k6.2.0-26-generic status: kernel-api
Server-1: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 status: off
Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.99.1 status: active
Network:
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Hewlett-Packard AR9485/HB125 802.11bgn 1×1 Wi-Fi driver: ath9k
v: kernel bus-ID: 08:00.0
IF: wlo1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 4000 bus-ID: 09:00.0
IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-3: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter driver: r8152 type: USB
bus-ID: 2-2.1:4
IF: enx00e04c680c80 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>

I believe this has something to do with the external video being NVIDIA, but I have not been able to fix it so far. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You can re-solder the HDMI port if you can. I think you should have your PC looked at. P.S since you mentioned: "Intel core i7 5th generation" your laptop is probably almost 10 years old and you probably should buy a new laptop soon.
 
A couple of things first.

First off, I was severally injured in the Middle East working for DoD as an IT Professional in 2006. Part of the injuries was another major TBI. Unfortunately, this one left me with several health issues, including memory problems. That incident is why I had to retire from the IT industry. It took almost 8 years for me to get on SSDI and the VA only gave me 10% disability.

The information I posted in my first post was gathered from booting into the Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS LIVE Install/Preview USB stick.

I have a 65" TV connected to the HDMI port on my laptop and that is what I use with my laptop. It works fine with everything, except the installed version of Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS, so solder the HDMI port on my laptop would be a complete waste of time.

I have not been feeling so well the last day or so, but I will boot into safe mode on my Ubuntu install and let you know how it goes.

Thank you all for the help. :~}
 
@Belair Stormwalker, Please.....follow the suggestion from @wizardfromoz in post #5.

(resoldering hdmi ports is for the birds....not gonna happen.....and a 10 year old pc of any kind is just getting started....dont let its age stop you.....there are plenty of members here with pc's laptops etc etc much older than that.)
 
You can re-solder the HDMI port if you can. I think you should have your PC looked at. P.S since you mentioned: "Intel core i7 5th generation" your laptop is probably almost 10 years old and you probably should buy a new laptop soon.

I don't think we have nearly enough information to conclude that the port needs to be re-soldered.

Also, 5th Gen i7 still has plenty of potential. That'll run any current distro just fine.

If it was me, I'd just bite the bullet and backup any important files with the live USB instance and do a clean install of a current version of Ubuntu (or whatever they choose) and just use the opensource drivers unless they have a specific need for the drivers provided by NVidia.

If there are no important files, just do a nice quick install and let the system use the default drivers. As it's NVidia, there's a chance that they'll need to add 'nomodeset' to GRUB, but we can chase that down if we need to. There are a zillion tutorials on the subject.
 
Okay, I was finally able to get logged in. The biggest problem is that after this all happened, I followed a bunch of different threads here on the Internet and one of the things I did from the suggestions was --purge all NVIDIA drivers.

I don't think we have nearly enough information to conclude that the port needs to be re-soldered.

Also, 5th Gen i7 still has plenty of potential. That'll run any current distro just fine.

If it was me, I'd just bite the bullet and backup any important files with the live USB instance and do a clean install of a current version of Ubuntu (or whatever they choose) and just use the opensource drivers unless they have a specific need for the drivers provided by NVidia.

If there are no important files, just do a nice quick install and let the system use the default drivers. As it's NVidia, there's a chance that they'll need to add 'nomodeset' to GRUB, but we can chase that down if we need to. There are a zillion tutorials on the subject.

I have done several fresh installs on blanks HDs and they all come out the same. This install come out find, but after the final reboot, all I get is a black screen with the blinking cursor in the top left corner. I have left it there overnight to make sure that it was not just taking it's time updating to no avail.

Here is an updated info summary:

nxi -Fxz
System:
Kernel: 6.5.0-15-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A Desktop: GNOME 42.9
Distro: Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC
v: 0974120000205F10000630180 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 229D v: 78.21 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: Insyde v: F.36 date: 02/02/2015
Battery:
Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech ERGO M575 Trackball charge: 35%
status: Discharging
CPU:
Info: dual core model: Intel Core i7-5500U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Broadwell rev: 4 cache: L1: 128 KiB L2: 512 KiB L3: 4 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 723 high: 798 min/max: 500/3000 cores: 1: 798 2: 798
3: 500 4: 798 bogomips: 19154
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 5500 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: N/A
bus-ID: 00:02.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GM107M [GeForce GTX 850M] vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: N/A bus-ID: 0a:00.0
Device-3: Suyin HP Truevision HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-3:3
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.4 driver: X: loaded: vesa
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting gpu: N/A resolution: 1920x1080~77Hz
Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Broadwell-U Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0
Device-2: Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k6.5.0-15-generic running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.99.1 running: yes
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes
Network:
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Hewlett-Packard AR9485/HB125 802.11bgn 1×1 Wi-Fi driver: ath9k
v: kernel bus-ID: 08:00.0
IF: wlo1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 4000 bus-ID: 09:00.0
IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-3: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB
driver: r8152 bus-ID: 2-2.1:4
IF: enx00e04c680c80 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 2.97 TiB used: 325.43 GiB (10.7%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABD100 size: 931.51 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Seagate model: One Touch HDD
size: 1.82 TiB
ID-3: /dev/sdc type: USB vendor: Patriot model: N/A size: 230.54 GiB
ID-4: /dev/sdd type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer Glide
size: 14.32 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 125.11 GiB used: 48.06 GiB (38.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
ID-2: /boot/efi size: 92.5 MiB used: 7 MiB (7.5%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: /home size: 787.56 GiB used: 1.78 GiB (0.2%) fs: ext4
dev: /dev/sda3
Swap:
ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 2.79 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
dev: /dev/sda4
Sensors:
Missing: Required tool sensors not installed. Check --recommends
Info:
Processes: 278 Uptime: 12h 12m Memory: 15.53 GiB used: 10.02 GiB (64.5%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 11.4.0 Packages: 2245 Shell: Bash
v: 5.1.16 inxi: 3.3.13
nxi -Fxz
System:
Kernel: 6.5.0-15-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A Desktop: GNOME 42.9
Distro: Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC
v: 0974120000205F10000630180 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 229D v: 78.21 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: Insyde v: F.36 date: 02/02/2015
Battery:
Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech ERGO M575 Trackball charge: 35%
status: Discharging
CPU:
Info: dual core model: Intel Core i7-5500U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Broadwell rev: 4 cache: L1: 128 KiB L2: 512 KiB L3: 4 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 723 high: 798 min/max: 500/3000 cores: 1: 798 2: 798
3: 500 4: 798 bogomips: 19154
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 5500 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: N/A
bus-ID: 00:02.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GM107M [GeForce GTX 850M] vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: N/A bus-ID: 0a:00.0
Device-3: Suyin HP Truevision HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-3:3
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.4 driver: X: loaded: vesa
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting gpu: N/A resolution: 1920x1080~77Hz
Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Broadwell-U Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0
Device-2: Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k6.5.0-15-generic running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.99.1 running: yes
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes
Network:
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Hewlett-Packard AR9485/HB125 80
nxi -Fxz
System:
Kernel: 6.5.0-15-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A Desktop: GNOME 42.9
Distro: Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC
v: 0974120000205F10000630180 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 229D v: 78.21 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: Insyde v: F.36 date: 02/02/2015
Battery:
Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech ERGO M575 Trackball charge: 35%
status: Discharging
CPU:
Info: dual core model: Intel Core i7-5500U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Broadwell rev: 4 cache: L1: 128 KiB L2: 512 KiB L3: 4 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 723 high: 798 min/max: 500/3000 cores: 1: 798 2: 798
3: 500 4: 798 bogomips: 19154
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 5500 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: N/A
bus-ID: 00:02.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GM107M [GeForce GTX 850M] vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: N/A bus-ID: 0a:00.0
Device-3: Suyin HP Truevision HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-3:3
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.4 driver: X: loaded: vesa
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting gpu: N/A resolution: 1920x1080~77Hz
Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Broadwell-U Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0
Device-2: Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k6.5.0-15-generic running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.99.1 running: yes
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes
Network:
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Hewlett-Packard AR9485/HB125 802.11bgn 1×1 Wi-Fi driver: ath9k
v: kernel bus-ID: 08:00.0
IF: wlo1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 4000 bus-ID: 09:00.0
IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-3: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB
driver: r8152 bus-ID: 2-2.1:4
IF: enx00e04c680c80 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 2.97 TiB used: 325.43 GiB (10.7%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABD100 size: 931.51 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Seagate model: One Touch HDD
size: 1.82 TiB
ID-3: /dev/sdc type: USB vendor: Patriot model: N/A size: 230.54 GiB
ID-4: /dev/sdd type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer Glide
size: 14.32 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 125.11 GiB used: 48.06 GiB (38.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
ID-2: /boot/efi size: 92.5 MiB used: 7 MiB (7.5%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: /home size: 787.56 GiB used: 1.78 GiB (0.2%) fs: ext4
dev: /dev/sda3
Swap:
ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 2.79 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
dev: /dev/sda4
Sensors:
Missing: Required tool sensors not installed. Check --recommends
Info:
Processes: 278 Uptime: 12h 12m Memory: 15.53 GiB used: 10.02 GiB (64.5%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 11.4.0 Packages: 2245 Shell: Bash
v: 5.1.16 inxi: 3.3.13

2.11bgn 1×1 Wi-Fi driver: ath9k
v: kernel bus-ID: 08:00.0
IF: wlo1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 4000 bus-ID: 09:00.0
IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-3: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB
driver: r8152 bus-ID: 2-2.1:4
IF: enx00e04c680c80 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 2.97 TiB used: 325.43 GiB (10.7%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABD100 size: 931.51 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Seagate model: One Touch HDD
size: 1.82 TiB
ID-3: /dev/sdc type: USB vendor: Patriot model: N/A size: 230.54 GiB
ID-4: /dev/sdd type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer Glide
size: 14.32 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 125.11 GiB used: 48.06 GiB (38.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
ID-2: /boot/efi size: 92.5 MiB used: 7 MiB (7.5%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: /home size: 787.56 GiB used: 1.78 GiB (0.2%) fs: ext4
dev: /dev/sda3
Swap:
ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 2.79 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
dev: /dev/sda4
Sensors:
Missing: Required tool sensors not installed. Check --recommends
Info:
Processes: 278 Uptime: 12h 12m Memory: 15.53 GiB used: 10.02 GiB (64.5%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 11.4.0 Packages: 2245 Shell: Bash
v: 5.1.16 inxi: 3.3.13

Also, I tried to install the drivers as explained in post #3 amd it did not work. all I get is errors. First I got the CC error, so I added the environment variable to exclude that but continuded to get errors and they would not install. I can post that install file here if that would help?

What is the next recommended action?
 

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Since I am not able to figure this out, I just decided to wipe the drive and start over. I didn't have enough room to back up all the data, so I guess I am going to spend the next few years rerecording all of my CD's and vinyl to digital format. I have close to 3000 music CD's and around 600 vinyl records to re-digitize. 8~|

Thanks anyway guys.
 
Since I am not able to figure this out, I just decided to wipe the drive and start over. I didn't have enough room to back up all the data, so I guess I am going to spend the next few years rerecording all of my CD's and vinyl to digital format. I have close to 3000 music CD's and around 600 vinyl records to re-digitize. 8~|

Thanks anyway guys.
That is very very unfortunate, and as someone also with lots of digitised music, it saddened me to read of your loss. If I had known that saving such files was a priority, I believe there would have been a very good chance of saving them one way or another. Sorry you hadn't mentioned it. At least the original records and CDs still exist. "Hardware" can do things software can't at times.
 
I would think that even if the GUI doesn't come up, you would still be able to copy everything to another drive using the command line. This is how I copy files most of the time, I rarely use the GUI file manager.
 
That is why I was trying to get that distro back working. I was stupid and encrypted my 8 TB local cloud and the encryption key was on that distro. I was able to get in once for a while, but while I was asleep, we had a power outage and it shutdown. I was never able to get back in. I am lost all of my music, movies, and most of my pictures from the Middle East and of friends that are no longer here. I think I'm moving away from Ubuntu. It is starting to remind me of Fedora before they mess everyone over.
 
I have a question...

At the blinking cursor, what happens if you press CTRL + ALT + F3/F4/F5?

If it takes you to a login screen, enter startx and see if anything happens.
 
I have a question...

At the blinking cursor, what happens if you press CTRL + ALT + F3/F4/F5?

If it takes you to a login screen, enter startx and see if anything happens.
If I'm not mistaken, I think the OP has wiped the drive ... post #12.
 
Yeah, I was hoping that was more of a thing you'd do when you got to it and not something you'd already done. I was hoping to save you from having to do so.
Thank you. I have been working at this problem for several months and had made no headway. I finally just decided to bite the bullet. I HATE asking for help in the first place. I have always been the that others asked for help, but I have lost so much of my memory and experience. It is hard to believe that I had actually written my own operating system many years ago. This was way back in the day before I found Yggdrasil and started using it.

Anyway, thank you guys for everything. I'm currently in the process of installing Mint.
 

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