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Putting Out Fire With Gasoline

Safe travels to all of you who are going to Media West.
(That's a shorter distance for some than for others! ;-))

See you there.


Big Scare:
Today the battery on Numerramar went dead after 2 minutes.
When I booted back up - bluescreen: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME.
"Last known good configuration" - bluescreen.
"Safe mode with networking" - bluescreen.
Ugh.

For about 6 harrowing hours (12:00 noon through 18:00), it felt as if I had no heartbeat.
Interesting sensation, that.

For an hour this afternoon, I tried several things. First, I booted from my WinXP CD, which needed a WinXP repair floppy. Then I booted into the still-intact Red Hat Linux 9 installation... to discover that my kernel was one that didn't have the NTFS option compiled in.
No dice.

Finally I went in to the department systems administrators.
They had a bootable WinXP CD that had the rescue programs built in, after which I was able to take it home and run bootfix.

Whew!


The Price at the Petrol Pump:
$2.15 per gallon, $30 to fill-er up with premium unleaded.
Nearly 1000 miles each way, plus side trips to Chicago, IL, Ann Arbor, MI, and Ames, IA.
I'm rather fortunate to be able to expense the primary round trip, at any rate.


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Banazir

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dakotamidnight
May. 25th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
welcome to the famous "blue screen of death" as we call in at my school. Happens quite frequently with out thinkpad laptops. Sucks royally doesn't it?
banazir
May. 25th, 2004 11:11 pm (UTC)
BSoD
welcome to the famous "blue screen of death" as we call in at my school.
Uhhhh, you're... welcoming me to the blue screen of death?
# Am I in heaven or... am I in hell
This B.S.O.D. asks #
(Apologies to Sarah McLachlan)

Happens quite frequently with out thinkpad laptops.
Ah, well, that depends on the ThinkPad.
Vingilot's WinXP (upgraded from 2000) is rock solid.
My record uptime is 208 days, not bad at all for Windows.
Numerramar hasn't gone a week without crashing all year.

Sucks royally doesn't it?
Sucks the Armadillo Queen through a bendy straw.
And dead bunnies.

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Banazir
huginn
May. 26th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: BSoD
Sucks the Armadillo Queen through a bendy straw.
And dead bunnies.


I'll have to remember that one
auriam
May. 25th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)
Just on a completely unrelated note, "Put out my flames with gasoline" was my favorite scene in Max Payne. Really, really tense, fast-paced and deadly.
banazir
May. 25th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
Puttin' out fire with-a gas-o-line
Just on a completely unrelated note, "Put out my flames with gasoline" was my favorite scene in Max Payne. Really, really tense, fast-paced and deadly.
Was it set to the David Bowie soundtrack?

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Banazir
masteralida
May. 25th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
Eep and double eep! Glad you got it working again, but still! Ugh.

banazir
May. 25th, 2004 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thank God for small miracles
Eep and double eep! Glad you got it working again, but still! Ugh.
Yeah.
No data loss, though.

I liked the convo:
STUDENT SYSADMIN: So, what data would you need to back up?
ME: Oh, just C:\Program Files\Trillian\users\default\logs.
STUDENT SYSADMIN: Woah, a guy who thinks of the instant messaging first! My kinda professor.


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Banazir
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