Archives March 2006

ACPI almost working... (Maybe a bit more battery life as a result)


Came down to Linux Caffe to work on getting the Laptop configured to use ACPI (the power-management features). I've got the runlevels set up and have them switching when I unplug/plug-in the laptop. No luck yet in getting a high-level interface (i.e. a GUI widget) configured to let me manage them.

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Have to release a new StarPy soon (One more bug to fix...)


I've got one bug fix added to StarPy (manager API commands that return ':' in the data payload weren't properly returning the value), but I'm still working on another one. I've got a request in to SourceForge to create a starpy project there (hopefully letting others work on the code-base).

Did a ...

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You only think of doing the before-and-after after... (Very nice results...)


We ran about 10 minutes over, but the cleaning got finished today. Angela was right when she said she could take almost all of the coffee stains off. Looks much better IMO, but I forgot to take a "before" shot with the camera. Thanks Angela.

For those in the GTA who don't have dental ...

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Makes for a late day when you start at midnight (Caffeine helps...)


I had two coffee's at Cafe Diplomatica after the PyGTA meeting. They've kept me productive enough to turn in a fairly full day's work. I'm still not really sleepy, but my hands are on fire. Guess it's time to call it a night. Tomorrow the 7.5 hour dental appointment ...

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Still no nVidia driver (Another couple of burned hours...)


Spent the couple of hours between getting the wifi card working and the PyGTA meeting trying to get the nvidia driver to work with X windows. No luck (even with Seneca helping). Burned far too much time on the laptop today... I really should have just let it go and used the hard-link for access ...

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The key is to ignore what the package says (Orinoco Gold is actually an Atheros Chipset)


The reason the bloody wifi card wouldn't work is that I was trying to load it with the wrong driver with a borked pcmcia bus. I eventually got the yenta-socket module loaded and that let me see Proxim Orinoco Gold wifi card was actually an Atheros AR5211. That card is supported by the madwifi-driver ...

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No Orinoco Gold love (Silly pcmcia subsystem no longer has an ioctl operation it requires...)


I came down to Linux Caffe to work today. So far no real work done as it turns out the Orinoco Gold network card can't be loaded. Have tried it with both Kubuntu and Knoppix, neither recognised it and both crashed whenever I touched the touchpad.

Apparently I'll have to upgrade to pcmciautils ...

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PyGTA is tomorrow (Tuesday) (Toronto Python User's group meeting...)


Tomorrow at 7PM is the monthly PyGTA meeting at Linux Caffe. It'll be a less formal meeting than normal, with short talks and discussions and more free socialisation time. If you want to do a 5-10 minute presentation on a project or topic, let me know and I'll put you on the schedule.

No suspense yet (Suspend2 doesn't just magically make it work, apparently...)


Well, have spent a good couple of hours trying to get software suspend working on the new laptop. I've got the kernel compiled, but I can't get it to boot. I'm using:
kernel /kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.15-suspend2-r8 root=/dev/ram0
init=/linuxrc ramdisk=8192 real_root=/dev/hda4 resume2=swap:/dev/hda3 noresume2

in ...

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