Edinburgh + Dead Laptop

Thursday, 21 April 2005


I’m back in Sunny Edinburgh now, and almost ready to start real Debian work – probably during/after the weekend.

Except …

Dead Laptop

I managed to render my laptop unbootable.

I was running the kernel 2.6.10, and upgraded to 2.6.11. Once that was done I couldn’t get the Nvidia drivers working properly so I had no working X11 setup.

After trying to fix different things, and surfing the web with lynx I found a few tips but nothing that seemed to apply. No relevent looking bugs in the Debian bug tracker, so I tried to revert back to the previous kernel.

Grub screwed up, somehow, and the machine wouldn’t boot.

I fixed that, kinda, and then tried to revert back to the older kernel I had lying around 2.4.27. At this point the machine wouldn’t boot at all.

The machine is a basic setup, three partitions “/”, “/home”, and swap. So I’m going to reinstall and get it working just now. All being well I’ll not lose anything but time, and the feeling of competence!

I think I’ll stick to 2.6.10 for the moment though!

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