So finally I’ve got my old laptop working with the current Ubuntu 12.04 release.
To do this I’ve followed this user advice and completely removed the proprietary NVIDIA driver:
sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia*
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau libdrm-nouveau1a nouveau-firmware
Reference: [8400m] nvidia-graphics-drivers (295.33-0ubuntu1), is causing failed restarts. shutdowns & only a blackscreen on tty’s other than tty7
Since I’m kind of disappointed with the lasted Ubuntu version (12.04), that just makes my 4 year-old laptop useless, I’m now considering alternatives.
The first one that popped up was Linux Mint.
I’ve tested the latest build Linux Mint 13 on VirtualBox and I’ve noticed that my USB mouse didn’t work there.
To fix this I had to execute this command:
sudo usermod -aG lp <MY_USERNAME>
and it fixed that issue.
I’m going to try it a bit, just to see if I’m ready to do the switch.