[nSLUG] Followup Re: X freeze etc. Thanks all.
mspencer at tallships.ca
Tue Jun 7 15:04:56 ADT 2005
> I had a similar problem/solution with a PS/2 mouse on an AMD-K6.
> Then I had an Acer RTL-8139 NIC that worked fine in linux and would
> not receive in Winder's on the same box. I eventually found a VIA
> 4-in-1 BIOS upgrade that fixed both the NIC and the PS/2 port
> induced problems.
That's a program that will re-write ROM with new bits or something
like that, right? Not prying a chip out of a socket, right?
Well, a quick google of Linux users' experience with BIOS upgrades
reads like the Russian Roulette column from the "Deerhunter" sports
OTOH, this seems to be a working machine, total investment (aside from
time) $50. If I can find some suitable RAM on the cheap, I'll have a
bargain box to (1) do security surveillance in the workshop and (2)
let me occasionally look stuff up on my main machine 120' away.
So I think this is an instance of "If Ain't Broke (any longer), Don't
FWIW, the motion detector program  seems to work well enough that,
with some careful (and probably tedious) tuning, my bargain box will
sit quietly in the dark but will dump a few pics (across the wireless
link to the house) of anything that moves should a light be turned
on. Just have to get the cam latency and the motion parameters more
or less matched.
BTW, is there a conventional solution to the problem of running a
computer in an elecrtonics-hostile environment? Blacksmith shops have
excessive dust and most of it is electrically conductive -- metal
dust, coal dust, soot etc -- that's deadly to elecronic stuff. I'm
thinking of putting the whole computer into a closed plastic box with
an extra fan (or two) to push filtered air into it -- a positive
pressure clean room in a basket, so to speak.
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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