Posts tagged toast

Two months to get a Toshiba Laptop fixed

July 4, 2012, 4:29 a.m. JKOA , toast , toshiba

Remember how I blogged about taking my toasted Toshiba laptop to the agents for repair about two months back? You would be pretty sure that I have got it back by now. Think again. It's still with them, and virtually untouched. This was the response that I recieved when I inquired on the 30th of may ...

Toshiba L655D Toast

May 13, 2012, 6:25 a.m. L655D , Macbook , toast , toshiba

Well, been an year since I had this Toshiba L655D, which was a replacement for my dead macbook. What replace a macbook with a Toshiba? yes. That's pretty obvious! Though I used to own a mac doesn't mean I am a fan boy. At the time the Toshiba was bought, it was more powerful than the Macbook and per ...

Macbook LCD dead.

Aug. 5, 2011, 3:32 a.m. toast

The following post that was originally written around Christmas time but someone was never published. Couple of weeks back I wrote about my ailing macbook, since then it has died. Well it died quite a while ago, I didn't get around to writing about it till now.The cause of death is a faulty display. ...

Replacing the display on an HP Nx7400

Dec. 25, 2010, 10:48 p.m. HP , Toast , LCD , Macbook , swap

Blank screen disease is something that plagues not just Macbooks but other computers as well. Recently my uncle's HP Compaq NX 7400 was infected by it. While most of the time blank screen issues can be traced to a software bug, on this occasion it turned out to be a dead LCD. In fact dead LCDs are ...

A dying macbook

Dec. 8, 2010, 12:39 p.m. Macbook , toast

This is a prequel to yesterday's post about the Macbook and the netbook. The macbook showed the first signs of it's terminal illness in October and it had to come at the most inconvinient time. But that's the way hardware failures always happen.I had two MBA assignments falling due with in a day of ...

Picking a mother board.

Nov. 18, 2010, 2:11 a.m. motherboard , toast

Having chosen an AMD Phenom II as the processor, it's time to choose a motherboard. There are enough brands and chipsets to make even a geek feel confused. First up, I wanted it to be something other than Asus. A toasted Asus mother board is the reason that I am having to do this rebuild in the firs ...

Choosing a processor.

Nov. 15, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CPU , toast

Intel's Core i7 processors, packed with upto six cores, and two threads per core, provide enormous processing power for desktops that was beyond anyone's imagination even four or five years ago. But the question is do you really need such power. The answer is hell no! Most people use a computer to a ...

Down from three computers to two computers.

Nov. 5, 2010, 2:31 a.m. Macbook , motherboard , religion , toast

Just a few weeks back I mentioned that I had three computers. It never pays to boast because now I am down to two. For a very brief period, I was actually down to just one. All three of them had failed at different times and two of them went together. But two of them have been restored. The travails ...

From P5B SE to P5B VM SE

Nov. 3, 2010, 3:55 a.m. motherboard , toast , X11

On October fourth, nearly a month ago, I tweeted about a toasted Asus P5B SE mother board and about breaking my life long habit of not claiming a warranty. It turned out to be such a waste of time. The owner of the shop from which I bought the mobo, is a decent bloke. Wish I could say the same about ...

Asus P5B SE Toast

Oct. 4, 2010, 4:22 p.m. motherboard , toast

The other day, I mentioned that I have three computers. Now I am down to too. The mobo on one of them died, it wasn't entirely unexpected. For a while now this computer in question has been behaving erratically and needed a few reboots. It refused to stay up for more than a day or two at a stretch. ...

Yet another dead macbook

July 23, 2010, 5:26 a.m. bootstrap , Macbook , motherboard , toast

Dell is in a lot of hot water for shipping lousy hardware. One wonders why the same fate has not befallen Apple, the company that is so arrogant as to elegantly package a brick and call it an iphone or an ipad and charge you heaps of money for it. Macbooks are only slightly better. It was only a cou ...

A dead macbook.

April 1, 2010, 1:22 p.m. Macbook , toast

My Macbook never get's shut down or restarted, it keeps running for months on end without any hiccups, but the other day it died. It started with the battery getting drained. I just closed the cover, turned it over and put in the spare battery.  When you do that the Macbook automatically hibernates, ...

Macbook Hard drive toasted

Aug. 19, 2009, 3:20 p.m. Macbook , toast

On August 8th I left for a well deserved ten day vacation (working vacation mind you) so it was only natural that my Macbook hard drive died shortly before that. I am thankful that the drive didn't roll kick the bucket on the first day of the vacation. That would have forced an immediate return to C ...

Faith Restored in Nokia

June 9, 2009, 1:41 p.m. toast

Recently, the Camera on my Nokia E71 died. Even though Nokia refuses to admit that it's a known issue, it's something that happens very often if the number of results in google is anything to go by. There was a problem in claiming the warranty because the phone was purchased in the US and Nokia care ...

F11 and Back to Square 1.

May 25, 2009, 6:39 a.m. bootstrap , lame , toast

After going into all that trouble with Fedora 11. I landed back on square one thanks to Palimpsest. Since the time I upgraded to F11, It kept warning me about a hard drive that is on the verge of failure. Now I am someone who has suffered a lot from drive failures the most recent one was in October. ...

No more nokia

May 22, 2009, 11:22 a.m. lame , toast

No more Nokia for me. Nokia is to mobiles what M$ is to computers. They sell lousy phones for a hefty prices. I started using Nokia phones only after Siemens mobile finally hung up the towel. The camera on my E71 stopped working with in a month. This is a known issue and widely recorded on many webs ...

Is that a Phone or a Lemon

May 14, 2009, 12:40 p.m. lame , toast

Server Hard Drive Gets toasted

Jan. 26, 2009, 3:23 p.m. toast

On saturday, I noticed that I could no longer check mail on my account. My mail server also has a couple of websites and a mysql database running on it. Those servers apeared to work fine. I opened a remote shell and trying looking through the qmail logs and the syslogs for errors by couldn't find a ...

Fedora boot time

Oct. 26, 2008, 2:07 a.m. bootstrap , toast

Well we know that fedora (a modified fedora actually) can boot up in five seconds. How long does it take to boot mine? A rather disappointing 59 seconds in fact.I don't reboot that often but had to do so a little earlier to plug in the new hard drive. (The one that was a replacement for the dead dri ...

Hard Drive Failure ? argh not again

Oct. 18, 2008, 12:08 a.m. toast

Readers of this blog must be quite bored of my hard drive failures, but the sad fact is that I have another one on my hand. This time I know for sure that there isn't a hard ware fault the drive is a spanking new maxtor 160Gb. I have reason to believe XFS was the culprit or it might have been partpr ...

Wrong Elf Class

Oct. 13, 2008, 5:59 a.m. toast

After upgrading from the 32 bit version of Fedora 9 to the 64 bit version I am seeing all kinds of problems. I use the word upgrade because, even though the mother board and the processor have changed, the hard drives haven't and their data has been preserved. Here is an example of one of the probl ...

Reading one svndiff window read beyond the end of the representation

Oct. 2, 2008, 11:34 a.m. Collaboration , toast

I tried svn update and got the following error: Reading one svndiff window read beyond the end of the representation This is usually caused by an error in the repository. The moment the message popped up I knew the exact cause of the error as well. My repository is older than my working copy. You wi ...

Hard Drive Failure.

Sept. 17, 2008, 9:25 a.m. subversion , toast

On monday, returned home to find my computer wasn't responding, straight away I reckoned that something bad had happened. I was right - a hard drive had managed to get itself toaster. It was actuallly the partition table that had been lost. I am no stranger to partition table losses, it had happened ...

A soaked e51

July 22, 2008, 11:04 p.m. toast

On saturday, i was playing at being a plumber. Not because I wanted to save a few bucks but my regular plumber was not available because his own house had been flooded. No his pipelines didn't explode. There was a flash flood caused by heavy overnight rain.I did achieve a measure of success with my ...

Nokia 6151 Dead

April 28, 2008, 5:46 a.m. toast

My Nokia 6151 has been ailing for sometime, now it's dead.The green button (the answer button) on it died a couple of months ago. Since then I have been using the middle button to answer incoming calls. To make a call I have to click the middle button at least three times while traversing through th ...

Here Lies a Dead Macbook.

Nov. 14, 2007, 6:02 a.m. Macbook , toast

My father's macbook which is just three months old is a goner. It refused to boot Tuesday last week. You get nothing but a black screen when you press the power button (even though the power LED is lit). Apparently this is a known issue. There are some variations of it as well. Some users have repor ...

Fedora 7 anyone?

July 3, 2007, 10:20 a.m. photography , toast

Fedora 7 is here. Are you ready for it? I am not! why not? my old desktop needs replacing. The casing has seen quite a few hard drive changes, a couple of mother board stews and one toasted CPU.if I must go through the hassle of installing a new OS, I want it to be on new hardware. Else it's inevita ...

Nokia 6151

Dec. 6, 2006, 6:05 a.m. photography , toast

My faithfull old Siemens S55 is dead. It became sick a few weeks ago when it was splashed while at the beach. Then last week one of the keys got stuck and the phone stopped responding. In my attempt to make the key 'un stuck' the whole phone came unstuck. ...

Fedora Core 6.

Nov. 15, 2006, 7:31 a.m. toast

I should have installed Fedora Core 6 long ago. I was eagerly looking forward to it's release but when that event did happen, I had a burnt motherboard on my hand. I wasn't sure which arch to download cause I wasn't sure whether I would go for an AMD or a core duo. In the end I didn't buy either. Th ...

Core 2 Duo.

Oct. 24, 2006, 10:14 p.m. motherboard , toast

Since the mother board is toast and there is a 10 day waiting period for macbooks (and Imacs). The next step is to set up a new core 2 duo machine. I have always preffered AMD over intel, the only reason that the now deceased machine is an intel is because I am sick and tired of poor quality mother ...

Toast Motherboards and Macbooks.

Oct. 23, 2006, 10:08 p.m. Macbook , motherboard , toast

I have been coming up with various excuses for delaying the purchase of a macbook. One of them is pretty valid. It cost an Outrageous 153,000 rupees in Colombo while it costs only about 115,000 Rupees in the US and about 122,000 in Singapore. With people as reluctant as they have ever been to fly, y ...

Yet Another Toasted mother board.

Oct. 23, 2006, 2:52 a.m. motherboard , toast

My hardware has a tendency to fail more often than the next persons. It could be that I put too much a of a load on my machine or it could be because they manufactures always ship their low quality junk to South Asian while sending the best stuff to North America and Europe. Anyway, my motherboard, ...

Cleaning up after the server crash.

Aug. 3, 2006, 5:14 a.m. toast

The dead server is back online but it's not to be relied on. So we are moving the sites and mail on it to a new server. Ran into the following error with Apache: ...

I have moved

Aug. 1, 2006, 8:04 a.m. toast

raditha.com is now on a new server. I had planned to make the actual move during the second week of the month. There are (or rather were) couple of other sites that needed to be moved. I planned to move then first and then move this site, but there is something about the best laid plans of men and ...

SATA woes

July 17, 2006, 5:29 a.m. toast

It's about three months since the last hard disk crash, so another one is due. My computer never fails to oblige. It's now saying: ...

Three busted hard drives.

March 2, 2006, 7:20 p.m. toast

What's worse than having a hard disk failure? Having two hard disk failures of course. Then what can you say about having three failed hard drives in one month?Just a couple of days after one of my HDs started to throw up SeekComplete Errors, the second hard disk decided to follow suite. My drive se ...

What a week.

March 1, 2006, 4:57 p.m. lame , toast , weird

It has been an unimaginable week. Trouble began on Wednesday the 22 when we had a problem with the Radinks.com domain name, as a result the was that the web server was inaccessible and mails started to bounce. It took more than 12 hours for services to return to normal.Then on Thursday, the third ha ...

Qemu and Tun/Tap mystery

Feb. 9, 2006, 8:09 a.m. toast , virtualization

The domino effect from the DriveReady SeekComplete Error continues. First I had to repartition the two 'good' hard drives and make some space to move the stuff from the dud hard disk onto them. Then several CDs backups were also made. This was followed by upgrading the kernel, which naturally result ...

Bad Sectors, Pear, Qemu and Darwin

Feb. 7, 2006, 4:48 a.m. toast , virtualization

I obviously have a faulty hard disk on my hands, the log files say this is a kernel bug, reiserfs faq says it's a hardware fault. The latter is most definitely the case, but hope springs eternal in the human heart so it's tempting to upgrade the kernel and hope it will go away. Well it did go away a ...

DriveReady SeekComplete Error

Feb. 5, 2006, 2:20 p.m. toast

All of a sudden I noticed that my computer is running slower than normal. Compiling java code seemed particularly slow. I immediately suspected the hard disk, I get at least one disk crash per year just it's about time for one. Sure enough the /var/log/messages says: ...

The Message Board Wild West

April 12, 2005, 11:41 p.m. toast

I was just checking up on who links here when I realised that message boards and newsletters are getting more of a wild west character each day. Or rather it's a case of the blind leading the blind.It is for this reason that I have not posted anything on the PHP mailing lists for a long time. The PH ...

libmad

Feb. 14, 2005, 11:11 a.m. Collaboration , toast

My collection of backup CDs became obsolete, thanks to a corrupted svn revision file. The sensible thing to do is to throw these CDs away and create a new set of CDs. Unfortunately the geek in me would not allow me to do that.Only some of the files on these CD are unusable, the geek (reddish in colo ...

CPU toast

March 17, 2004, 9:07 p.m. toast

Just a day after thinking of getting a new machine I had my computer die on me as I was working on it. Thankfully I wasn't doing anything critically important at the time and didn't suffer any data loss.I quickly unplugged the machine and found the processor heat sink to be too hot to touch. The com ...