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[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 14:04:20 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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If you lived in the right place, you could probably go dumpster diving ...

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 15:27:47 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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For your laptop? Or the old clackety kind (I used to have one, but it's gone now.. I don't remember where it went). What I use now on my desktop is a modern IBM keyboard, not as good as the old ones. It cost $12 at Office Max.
It's starting to get stiff (about 4 years old now).. I will have to spend another $12 soon...

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 16:55:51 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i think he's talking about a laptop.

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 17:07:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I already have several of the World's Greatest Keyboard (clackety clack) and they simply do not die. What I'm looking for is a replacement keyboard for my ThinkPad 600E.

[#] Sun Jun 29 2003 04:21:23 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Jun 27 2003 10:12am from Peter Pulse @uncnsrd
*Star.. does the battery last as long as it should? Have you
completely charged and then completely discharged it a few times (li
and nimh batteries don't need to have this done all the time the way
nicd batteries do, but they do need it when they come off the shelf)?

The battery meter on my thinkpad was never too accurate. Maybe the
meter is calibrated wrong. Maybe it has to adjust itself over time...


Peter, the battery lasts for all of about an hour, less that if heavy disk/processor activity is involved. That's way under the rated specs of 2.5 hours.

[#] Sun Jun 29 2003 05:02:23 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Jun 27 2003 1:48pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
Hmmph. Anyone got an inexpensive source for replacement IBM keyboards?

Those things are expensive ... $89 for new ones.

Iggy,

$49:
http://www.westworldcomputers.com/parts/IBM%20Thinkpad%20600%20keyboard.htm

[#] Mon Jul 14 2003 23:02:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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BLAH!! I spent the $50 on a new keyboard, and spent an hour replacing it ... and the problem is still there!

I suppose now I need a new mainboard. :(

[#] Tue Jul 15 2003 22:12:10 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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ouch.

[#] Wed Jul 16 2003 11:31:10 EDT from Tony Preston @ Uncensored

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I think you should take the advice of comcast cable... Step 1) power down your computer, Step 2) re-boot, Step 3) repeat steps 1 and 2

[#] Sat Jul 19 2003 07:43:50 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Has anyone seen this document from IBM? Is it worth filling out the form?

Realize the Benefits. IBM, Linux and You: Real Experience, Real Solutions...Real Business

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(nice URL, huh?)

[#] Sat Jul 19 2003 12:20:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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http://makeashorterlink.com is your friend.

[#] Wed Jul 23 2003 20:07:23 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Has anyone seen the latest commercial for the eServer series by IBM? The "Ode to the eServer"? I just thought it was really cute, especially how they got everything to rhyme ... and the fact that they emphasized IBM's love and support of open source, especially for the eServer series platform.

[#] Sun Jul 27 2003 00:10:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, I seem to have successfully replaced the motherboard in my ThinkPad, and it only took about an hour and a half.

I have parts leftover. :(

But it does work. I've been running it for over an hour and the keyboard problem has not surfaced, so I think it's ok.

One weird problem, though. During the Linux boot process, it goes into a bunch of DMA-related disk timeout errors, right before the point where the kernel hands control off to init. It stops and displays errors for about a minute, then init starts and the boot continues at normal speed. I have no idea why.


But it's nice to finally be able to compute from a comfortable chair in the living room again.

[#] Sun Jul 27 2003 07:10:50 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Iggy, what kinda parts do you have left over? :-)

Maybe there's an issue with the hd setup? Have you tried running hdparm (I think that's what it's called ... it's the program that allows you to tweak all the IDE settings of your hd).

[#] Sun Jul 27 2003 08:42:52 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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N*S is right. The BIOS version may be different. Then again, you've been screweing with your machine so much, you've probably damaged the hard drive, and it's about to die. :)

[#] Sun Jul 27 2003 09:21:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've replaced the hard disk once already. So, let's see... that makes the tally look something like this:

- Power supply
- Another power supply
- Battery
- Hard disk
- Keyboard
- Motherboard

I'll have to check the BIOS and see if there are any weird settings I can change. Otherwise I might try different kernel options to change how it uses the hard disk (isn't there a "nodma" option?).

[#] Sun Jul 27 2003 17:42:10 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Iggy, try running that hdparm program ... it might just be that the kernel is trying to use DMA0 and the BIOS is set for DMA1 or something like that ... or it might be trying for PIO4 mode when the BIOS/HD only supports PIO2 ... you can change all those options w/ hdparm, not to mention changing a bunch of other shit.

Does the HD flake out at all any other time when you're running the TP, or is it just during this particular boot sequence?

[#] Sun Jul 27 2003 18:41:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Just during boot, which is what leads me to suspect that it tries to use DMA a few times, then fails and shuts DMA off. hdparm confirms this: the "using_dma" setting is at 0 (off).

[#] Sun Jul 27 2003 19:10:21 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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If you try changing "using_dma" to "1" (on) in hdparm, does your HD flake out, or does it work? Or maybe there are choices as to which DMA channel to use? Maybe the kernel is just picking the wrong DMA channel at boot, and goes through a bunch of channels before finding the correct one? I dunno ... I thought most TPs were able to use DMA with IDE/EIDE.

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