It could be something to do with setting the software repositories
correctly before starting these managers up.
I think there should be something called "Sources" or similar on the
system menu. It may need these set right before first starting.
Maybe just starting is sufficient to get some basic settings and
repositories but needs to be restarted before they become effective.
Just a theory.
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Subject: [wlug] Administrative tasks crippled?
From: Chakat Sandwalker <sandwalker(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sun, November 09, 2008 8:32 pm
To: Waikato Linux Users Group <wlug(a)list.waikato.ac.nz>
I've been using 8.10 since the second beta came out (I'd bought a new
laptop, and I didn't want to wait two weeks for the final version to be
released before I could install it), and it seems to be having some odd
The first one is that Synaptic and related programs, such as the Update
Manager, stop responding when being started for the first time --
Synaptic will load, but then stop responding before it can load the list
of packages. I have to force it to quit (either by clicking its Close
button, or killing the process). Starting Synaptic again will then
proceed normally. When the Update Manager is used, and 'Install' is
clicked, the download progress dialog is displayed, but is blank and
appears to have stopped responding. Again, clicking its Close button or
killing the process and trying again works. This hasn't happened on the
other computer I installed 8.10 on -- in fact, the other computer
started with Alpha 4. It's just my laptop having issues.
The second oddity I have is that the first time I click on the Bookmarks
menu in Firefox on my laptop, it always brings up the 'save bookmark'
dialog. It's getting to be quite a nuisance.
When headphones are plugged into the headphone jack, the main speakers
aren't muted -- both them and the headphones play sound. I'm not sure
if this is a quirk of my hardware or not. Perhaps I'll come to the next
workshop to have it looked at.
And now my wireless isn't working -- it was when I installed 8.10 (after
I blacklisted the ath_pci driver to force it to use the ath5k driver),
but now it won't even show up as an interface.
If anyone has any clues about these, I'd appreciate some help, otherwise
I'll wait for the next workshop.
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