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Message from syslogd@atlas at Tue Jan 20 16:51:34 2004 ...
atlas kernel: Disabling IRQ #9

The curse of linux is that you're never going to get a whole machine working 100%. Ever.

Here are the explanations of my recent hardware trouble.

The flickering on my new GeForce card is either a problem with the linux kernel or nvidia's linux driver (probably the driver, based on how much people are griping about it). I know this because I ripped a disk controller and hard drive from a windows machine and put it into this one, just to make sure. I'm going to post about it to nvnews and mail nvidia.

The BIOS on my Tyan Tiger MPX can't handle getting the keyboard from a KVM switch on bootup, so it hangs. Plugging a PS/2 keyboard in and disabling legacy USB support in the BIOS will make it ignore the USB keyboard.

The keyboard weirdness is because the Belkin USB adapter I bought is a piece of crap. When you hold down a key, it does not report a key being held down; instead, it reports that the key is being pressed and released rapidly. This is enough to fool normal text entry applications, but it doesn't work in games, and confuses the KVM. To avoid the KVM-induced lag, I plugged the keyboard into one of the extra USB ports on the switch, and plugged my monitor's USB control into the keyboard port (heh). This doesn't fix the games, but it works for now. As long as the KVM doesn't have the same key-mangling technology, all I should need is a new adapter. Otherwise, I guess I'll be using separate K and VM switches.

Link courtesy of kartos, Sands of Time music. I was actually not a huge fan of the music in this game. Don't get me wrong, it worked very well in context, but it's not something I'd have on my everyday playlist (e.g. the score from Deus Ex). Except maybe for "The Fight" which was the only music I remember from the game ;)

Aw man, I have to go back to class in less than a week. And I haven't finished my spacegame level editor yet.

Current Music Stuart Chatwood - The Fight
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2004-01-20 10:29 pm (UTC)
I have the credits song on infinate repeat...

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[User Picture]From: axiem
2004-01-20 11:06 pm (UTC)
s/curse of linux/curse of having a computer/;
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