June 21st, 2001



still at it. still no ethernet.

progress, though. i say that a lot.

lot of reading. know a lot about kernel, debian & pcmcia stuff that I didn't before.


I got my network card working! My new one.. not the one Blythe was borrowing.

Turns out my card is a CardBus card, which is like a PCI device that's hot-pluggable. All it took was a 2.4 kernel, the hotplug debian package, and modifying my /etc/network/interfaces.

I also had to put the card in promiscuous mode, for some off reason, otherwise it could only send traffic, not receive it.

I could've used the pcmcia-cs tools (which I wasted many hours on) but I found out this specific card is only experimental and not recommended yet. Bleh.

But anyway.... KICK ASS. Hotplug rules. Everything's downhill from here... nothing could be worse than all that. Everything's easier with a network. Rebooting every 5 minutes was annoying.

Ah yea'

Just when I was fully convinced I was screwed, everything came together.

I'm now posting this from loserjabber, in X, with a working mouse. Kickass.

I don't know if the eraser mouse is working in windows yet, and I haven't got the suspend-to-disk partition working... but who cares. I HAVE X!

lapwarmer:/win/mp3# scp -r -P 2210 "bradfitz@'mp3/By Artist/Bran Van 3000/'" .

Now to get sound working.


Laptop stuff is getting increasingly annoying. Now the eraser mouse stopped working, and only the touchpad works. Why? Who knows. I didn't even touch anything related to that. I hate the touchpad.

But that's in Windows. In X I can't get either to work. /dev/mouse is a symlink to gpmdata. Huh? I removed gpm. I think that should be symlinked to /dev/psaux instead. But then again, I don't really know Debian.

nVidia's latest driver has "experimental" support for the GeForce Go (Mobile) GPU. It works fine, if you read the instructions and see you have to insmod the kernel module with a parameter "NV_Mobile=1", where 1 means Dell. Of course, then I had to figure out how Debian handles /etc/modules.conf ... easy enough, but always more crap to learn.

I'm repartitioning now to get Suspend-To-Disk to work. You have to make a primary partition 4 with partition type a0, and then the BIOS will be able to find it. There's a tool on freshmeat to initialize the partition once you make it. I'm in Windows now using Partition Magic, but again it's doing some incredibly stupid stuff. I wanted to keep my Linux partitions at the end of the drive in place and shrink my windows partition by 300 MB and shift down 300 MB, then create the 300 MB S2D partition at the beginning of the drive.

But no... Partition Crapmagic decided to move all the partitions down 300 MB, since I had free space at the end of the drive still (which I hadn't formatted for Reiser yet).

So now Lilo won't be able to find anything, since everything has moved. So I'm probably fucked. I'll have to boot off my Debian install CD, drop into a shell, and re-run lilo or something.

I didn't really sleep last night. I got too much sun going out on the lake the other day, so now I'm itching all over. I'm tired... I want sleep. I want this laptop to work.


everything's working now okay.

sound is working from mpg123, but not from xmms. i'm using the 2.4.5 kernel driver for the maestro3. not OSS. but can't XMMS still write to /dev/dsp like mpg123 does? who knows... i have no clue what i'm talking about. Update: heh... helps if I have permission to /dev/dsp, huh? :P

i setup a new 22GB partition and formatted it reiserfs, then copied all my /usr stuff over to it, which i noticed was going damn slow. so then I want to hdparm -d 1, but I'd forgot to enable DMA support in my kernel, so 3rd kernel was a charm. my /usr is now reiserfs.

network card ... i was just going to complain about it but I see the problem. etherconf overwrote my /etc/network/interfaces ... etherconf doesn't support an "up" command it seems, and I had "up ifconfig eth0 promisc" in there before. whatever. apt-get remove etherconf. i can do it myself.

getting really sick of working on this, but i'm basically done.

still haven't got suspend to disk working (haven't worked on it)... and i haven't rebooted into windows in a long time. wonder if that partition's hosed. maybe i'll do that.

running with chuck later. he says he can't run at all, which is good since I only got about 4.5 hours of sleep.

oh, btw... apt-get install gtk-engines-raleigh ... pretty nice.


Went running with Chuck. He didn't suck as bad as I'd expected for his first time. He ran about 1.3 miles before he died. I kept running to the field, waited for him to carch up and die, then turned around and did the loop backwards. It was damn hot, and that was a lot farther than I normally run ... I'm drenched in sweat now. It's still pouring down my face and back and arms. Gross... but it feels good.

Mexican Food!

Blythe came over and we made our road trip plans. Tenatively, the schedule is as follows:

S 24th: Seattle, WA    -> Butte, MT  (10:00)
M 25th:                -> Rapid City, SD (10:56)
T 26th: (mt. rushmore) -> Le Mars, IA  (8:40)
W 27th: Iowa (tue night, wed day/night, thu afternoon)
H 28th:                -> Davenport, IA (7:04)
F 29th:                -> Trenton, OH (8:26)

Trenton -> Seattle:  43 hours, 46 mins
Now we're off to get an oil change, get a GPS & Map software, and go to Azteca for dinner.

$5 for a working solution!

Trying to get a PPP net connection up under Linux, over a Nokia phone.

Nokia 6190 phone.
Datasuite cable phone --> serial cable
Datasuite software is useless (Win95 only... not NT/2000)

gnokii lets me setup a /dev/gnokii which I can treat as a modem. This works. I can call the UW modem pool and stuff.

Now.... how do I setup all that /etc/ppp/* crap so I authenticate? In /var/log/messages I see a connection come up for a half second, then die. I assume my authentication is failing, but I don't know why.

Also, once it's up, then what? How do I get an IP address? How is that negotiated? I know nothing about PPP. Do I get a /dev/ppp0 or something?

I'll paypal the winner $5, or take you out to Subway if you're either in Seattle, or between here and Ohio.

I'd figure this out myself, but I'm so sick of dealing with the laptop, and I just want everything to work.

I bought Microsoft Streets 2001 today ... very neat program. Cheap, too. $10 after rebate.

Tired... only 4.5 hours of sleep last night, but I've been active all day. It's totally time to crash. I just hope I can sleep without itchy pseudo-sunburn keeping me up.

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