[clug] A desperate cry for the clue bat

Bolin, Robert Robert.Bolin at industry.gov.au
Wed Oct 8 13:12:17 EST 2003

Hi all,

I never thought I'd have to ask for this kind of help, but here goes: I need
to be hit by the "Big Clue Bat" as to how to either roll back a debian
upgrade (plus my attempts at fixing a problem with the X-server) or a way of
installing a working version of debian stable or testing (with a working
X-server) over the top of my current setup.

Situation: I have been running Debian testing for a while now and everything
was going fine, until recently. It seems that in the last "apt-get upgrade"
the xserver was upgraded from 4.1 to 4.2, however the SiS driver that I've
found for my SiS630 chipset won't work for some reason. Once I found this
out I decided to try to downgrade back to the version I thought I needed,
which, due to the miracles of the apt-get system, uninstalled a series of
other applications - at this point in time I started progressing into a
downward spiral that seems to be getting worse. I have also installed from
source a number of other applications, languages and bits and pieces that I
needed for Uni, so I'd prefer not to go the windoze route and do a clean

I've tried RTFM but that doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere. Is there
any help?


(Word to the wise: Avoid SiS chipsets like the plague - I've come to the
realisation that under Linux, they are more trouble than they are worth...)

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