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Time flies when you're being trasked

Here we are again. This is getting ridiculous! I blink and two weeks have passed. I feel distinctly Rip Van Winkleish.


Thanks to all who have helped with previous ones, which I posted on:


Thanks to zaimoni for advice on problems from last time.

Here's my fortnightly update:

  • 1. Crashy Skype It seems v1.4 is just out of beta as of today. Has anyone used the release version yet? Is it any stabler?

  • 2. Gentoo or not Gentoo, that is the question: tmehlinger swore up and down that he knows what he's doing with respect to Gentoo, so I'm letting him reinstall Fingolfin v3 (the 1.8GHz Pentium 4) as a Gentoo system. Now with shiny 400Gb mirrored RAID! God help us all.

  • 3. Subversion: zaimoni's the only one who replied, but I'm just going to go ahead and do it.



Now for the new questions:
Office Windows machine

My office Windows system goes into a blank screen after booting. No disk activity, and this happens whether I use "boot normally", "Last Known Good Configuration" (which seems to be worthless these days), or Safe Mode. The latter brings up a low-res screen with version numbers all around, but it still hangs before I get any desktop icons.

This started on Monday or so, when I came in to find my commit charge inflated to 2.5+Gb. Almost all of that was claimed by Webshots, but after I rebooted, I started getting the above odd behavior. Booting into Safe Mode with Networking elicits a strange complaint: "can't access profile". It's strange because we don't have roaming profiles any more, and I specifically asked the department sysadmins if I might have a legacy one (my computer was installed about two years ago).

I've decided to reinstall Windows XP SP2, and got a volume license CD from Earl already this morning, but has anyone run into this problem before?

Hibernation Blues

How much available drive space is needed to hibernate Windows properly, as a function of RAM and swap?

Also, what might cause a hibernation image to hang WinXP when it tries to restore?

Caffeine: More Bang for the Buck

This is as good a place as any to ask, I'll warrant. Does anyone know where I can find a table of caffeine per serving (or mL) for various soft drinks, along with their cost of possible? I'm trying to confirm or disconfirm my theory that the Wal-Mart Lightning stuff leads the pack in this regard.


Thanks very much in advance!

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Banazir

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crypthanatopsis
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
I've had that windows problem before, but always on 9x, not xp. Usually it means it's choking on a vxd file. I've never found anything to fix it other than nuke and pave.
banazir
Oct. 19th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
Nuke and pave?
Assuming that means a reinstallation... thanks, and grr.

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Banazir
gondhir
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
"Last Known Good Configuration" is practically worthless. What you CAN do, however, is once you get everything working the way it's supposed to, you can go in and save that configuration under some other name. Then, you will have the option to boot to THAT configuration. That requires some planning ahead though.
banazir
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
"Last Known Good Configuration" should install Linux
... that's about all I've got to say about it.

Dude, what's "planning ahead"? ;-)

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banazir
sui_degeneris
Oct. 18th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Not all brands, but...
banazir
Oct. 19th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
Seen something similar
Thanks. I'm mainly looking for stats about Mountain Lightning, the Sam's Choice (Wal-Mart) brand clone of Mt. Dew.

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Banazir
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