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Lather Rinse Repeat 
21st-May-2005 07:29 am
southpark
I am a long-time Linux user. I find it superior to Microsoft Windows on almost every level. Games. Games is why the Microsoft juggernaut still breathes.

For the past few months I have been using the Mandrake (oops... Mandriva) 10.2 prerelease. I am currently using RC2 and kernel 2.6.11. My network is SO FLAKY. I went to 10.2 from 10.1 since I couldn't get USB to work. Nope. Not at all. I even performed numerous recompiles of the 2.6.x kernel in 10.1 release.

USB is working again in 10.2.

I have a digital camera that records to mini CDs. Some of my disks were corrupted (airport x-ray is suspected) and I am trying to recover the photos. A search for a Linux program that would do data recovery from a CDROM resulted in only system recovery utilities that boot from a CDROM. Not what I wanted.

My machine is dual-boot. I have Windows 98SE. I hardly ever use it. I think I booted to Windows twice last year. Anyway, I downloaded a shareware program that did the job.

(You think that was a nonsequitor, but it isn't.. keep reading)

When I rebooted to Linux, my network was DOA. The boot list complained that someone else was using 127.0.0.1.

"service network restart" and nothing. No net. Harddrake. No net. And no USB... again!

BAH!

That leaves me with recompiling... again. Kernel compiles fine but the modules are not doing so hot. The last "make modules_install" resulted in a complaint about not having a loopback device.

Back to xconfig.

Searching and searching and I found it under block devices. It was compiled as a LKM. I made it static. fingers are crossed.



I like Linux. Really. I do. What else would run on my Pii 450MHz? Oh yeah... OS/2.

Booting to Windows. I am soooooo sorry. I feel dirty.
Comments 
22nd-May-2005 02:27 pm (UTC) - correction
I previously wrote:

< That leaves me with recompiling... again. Kernel compiles fine but the modules are not doing so hot. The last "make modules_install" resulted in a complaint about not having a loopback device. >

What I meant to say was the mkinitrd resulted in the complaint.

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