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[25 Oct 2004|05:16pm]
My old (relatively; bought in 2000) Sony VAIO z505je "Niphredil" has died on duty, right in the middle of a kernel build. It locked up; once I switched it off with a button it would not turn on anymore. It has done it once or twice before, but pulling the battery and power out helped. Not this time. I have a vague feeling that this might have been related to running 2.6.9-mm1 on it somehow. Anyone heard of ACPI in -mm1 killing old laptops with broken ACPI recently?

Red Hat, in their infinite wisdom (truly), supplied me with a Dell D600 for my work needs a few months before, so there is no interruption there. But the bad news is that Niphredil was my 2.4 support box. I used it to reproduce problems and otherwise do reboots without disturbing the main desktop. I am so used to having a separate text box that it would really suck to do 2.4 locally. It's also convenient to run netconsole from the test box.

Since I'm permanently out of money, I am faced with an imperative of putting the K-6/200 back on line. It was decommissioned a week ago and is in great shape, in all the glory of its Baby-AT case, AT keyboard, onboard UHCI with add-on backplate, and a broken power supply fan.
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