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July 22, 2010

haven’t posted for a while, must do more!

Put Crunchbang (Jaunty) on my trusty old HP NC6000 and it just hums along. I seem to throw anything at it and it keeps saying ‘gimme more!’

Everything just seems to work, wireless, superkeys, mousepad (even with 2 finger sliding!) all right out of the ‘box’!

I thought I would try virtualbox, and it runs one vm quite happily, and I have an XP and a Statler now (NOT at the same time – don’t want to make it scream in pain!). I also wanted to play with redhat(ish) so I installed ClearOS, but even though its just a console, it does run at 100% so may have to find a smaller webserver – any ideas?

Anyway, lovin’ it at the moment. It runs everything I need skype, pidgin, gwibber (would like to go Pino, but need Statler for that – deps etc.), canto (also need Statler for latest version), calcurse, firefox, alpine,but I must admit I am scared (it might not be so perfect with Statler)

Anyway, bye for now, keep you posted, Nigel


bye bye HP DV2500

January 10, 2010

Well, it has finally bought the farm!

This HP piece of *%$£ now only lasts half an hour without the screen imploding.

Shame as it is a nice spec 160Gb disk, intel duo 2Ghz, wifi and looks the part. But that is it with HP – everything ‘looks’ the part. so beware (I stick to their printers from now on)

However if HP want to improve their image by replacing it (one month out of warranty when it went ka-blooey) feel free to get in touch!

I might try running freenas on it as a backup server, as I won’t need to touch the keys or screen, but it seems such a waste!!

more crunchbang (fixed!)

October 22, 2009

it’s working well on my hp dv2000 but I have icons in the tray area which just disappear after a while/sometimes. The wireless one stays but sometimes the battery/charge and loudspeaker ones appear and stay for a while¬† nd then disappear again.

Anyone got a clue?
regards Nigel

it seems that gnome-power-manager was set to display icon only when charging or discharging…!

8 screens of death!

October 20, 2009

so far so good. I only get the ‘8 screens of death’ when it shuts down and is about to power off! I have set conky up to monitor temps and everything seems to hover at the 50 ish mark.

HP laptop with CB

October 10, 2009

now trying CB on a HP DV2500 laptop which Iwas given to sort a problem where it overheats running Vista and the screen goes to 8 ‘mini’ screens totally at random. Word from the net appears to say this model has this problem shortly after warranty expires. Splatted Vista with CB to see if a less hungry OS will cope with it.

regards Nigel

Crunchbang update

September 29, 2009

going really well so far.
I plugged in my HP all-in-one and it loaded the drivers and asked if I would like a test print!
(I thought only windows did this sort of thing – I’m used to a bit of a struggle with linux)
As the Linux Outlaws say “I like the pain of making stuff work in linux!


September 27, 2009

Haven’t written for a while…

just came across Crunchbang (or #!) and am impressed. Was getting fed up with Kubuntu and Kde, as they are becoming a bit too unwieldy and bloaty! So I looked around for another ‘debian’ distro (I like apt-get too much to try anything else!) and this fitted the bill.

Had my usual DWL520 wireless problem but decided to sort it properly as Canonical (or Debian) won’t. I have to install without the card, reboot and blacklist the driver, shutdown, install the card and the set up ndiswrapper – works a treat now!

Anyway it’s all good now and I will report back with an update soon.
regards Nigel