[SATLUG] Some serious help needed...

Jonathan Hull masterr at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 10:29:19 CST 2007

The -rt kernel is a "real time" kernel. This is a kernel with a
different type of task scheduler that is often used in embedded
devices. The NFL wire cam is an example of a device using Linux with a
real time kernel. Not sure why it got installed, though.  It can be
used on a standard PC, but I don't know the benefit. (Video/Audio
capture and processing maybe?)



On 12/20/07, Ed <etillman93 at peoplepc.com> wrote:
> Hi folks...
> Got a real interesting problem, and looking for some help, please?
> I'm running Ubuntu 7.10 on an Acer laptop with an AMD 3400+ CPU
> (1.74GHz) and 1GB RAM.
> Yesterday, I received a rather large set of updates, which took over 2
> hours to download and install, and required a reboot upon completion.
> Apparently, I now have *3* complete kernels (-generic, -rt and -386).
> Generic and 386 were fine.  What's -rt?
> Real problem:  Since the "updates," all my X-Window shells are gone. No
> title or status bars. I can't move, resize or minimize any open windows
> or consoles, and need to use the menu "Quit" function to terminate them.
> And, within an application (e.g. Firefox), forms don't respond to the
> keyboard -- e.g.: I can't type a URL/address in the address bar, or even
> do a Google search. Everything else seems to work, after a fashion,
> except for the gnome splash screen, which stays on after a boot, and
> needs to be clicked off.   I'm cornfuzed...
> Has anyone seen this before?  Any ideas how to fix it?
> Cheers;
> Ed
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