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My computer hates me [Mar. 12th, 2005|05:59 pm]
As you're probably all aware, I've been having some computing issues at home recently.

Last weekend, I ordered a new motherboard to hopefully fix the issues I'd been having with the old one and linux, which causes lost interrupts, and broke adsl under linux. It didn't arrive until Wednesday, and it was broken. I thought it might be the memory not supporting DDR, but then I read some more and discovered that all PC2100 is DDR, and that the beeps meant the motherboard was broken. Annoyingly, it took me until Thursday night to be sure of this. I'm now waiting for Dabs to come collect it.

Yesterday, I ordered another new motherboard. This arrived today, and I popped it in. It made different sorts of beeping. This meant it didn't like the memory I already had. A trip to Sinoco this afternoon, and I have new memory. The motherboard does actually like this memory, which is nice. It seems that I can use the old memory fine in the new motherboard, just as long as it's the second chip in the system, and not the first. All very bizzare, and very pesky.

So, with my new motherboard in, I booted memtest. This said everything was fine, even with the memory it hadn't previously liked. Most odd. I booted linux, and everything seemed fine. Linux liked the motherboard, found the devices on it. It did ACPI irq allocations, and was all happy about that. The ADSL card drivers loaded fine, and it appeared we were away.

Then, I took a closer look at the logs. The ADSL card was still getting no packets back after it'd connected to the exchange. Something very odd is up, and I don't know what.

I tried to boot my test windows system (which has always worked with the adsl card), only that won't boot. Since I've changed motherboard, the ide controller has changed, and it doesn't like this. So, I'm reinstalling that now, hopefully that will then work with the adsl.

After that, I'm not sure. I've got a shiny new motherboard, that works better than the old one. I've got more memory. I've spent a fair bit on courier fees getting various bits sent to me, and some of them sent back. It's all very frustraiting that it still doesn't work.

What to do now, that's the question. I have a spare motherboard that works fine under windows to ebay, to get some of the money back for the new motherboard. I have an adsl pci card that still won't work with linux, despite everything now being in its favour. And I have no internet, except under windows, and windows is still reinstalling.

Perhaps I'm going to have to give in, and get an external ADSL router. The last one I had was crap, didn't do everything I wanted, and eventually broke enough to get sent back. Will I have any more luck now? Somehow, I doubt it :(

[User Picture]From: brrm
2005-03-12 06:13 pm (UTC)
Which did you have? I have a Samsung something-or-other (seems to be just another Conexxant). It seems reasonably bulletproof, though, except the web interface is a bit nasty-javascripty. I tried swapping it for a Zyxel, but when that failed to offer UDP port forwarding, I gave up on it. My parents have a Netgear, which also seems reasonable.
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From: gagravarr
2005-03-13 01:55 pm (UTC)
It's a PCI card, so no web interfaces or anything like that! I think I probably will end up getting an external one now though.
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From: hsenag
2005-03-12 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'm using a USB speedtouch thingy (the stingray that used to be the only choice for hardware) and I'm relatively pleased with it. All the native functionality of having a PCI card. Only problem is that something gets confused every few weeks and I have to reboot the machine it's connected to, but I think a newer kernel would probably fix that (at least to the point of it just being a matter of resetting the USB drivers).
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From: gagravarr
2005-03-13 01:57 pm (UTC)
Well, the card I have ought to work fine.... I might see if I can borrow one to see if that can be made to work.

Anyone in oxford got a speedtouch usb thingy they can lend me for a day or so?
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From: hsenag
2005-03-13 05:45 pm (UTC)
You can get them on eBay for less than a tenner, FWIW.
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From: gagravarr
2005-03-14 10:30 am (UTC)
Ah ha, so you can :) Just bought one for 6 quid inc p+p, have to see how it goes when it arrives.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-03-12 09:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an awful lot of hassle. I'd have given up and got a Mac mini by now ;-)

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From: gagravarr
2005-03-13 01:56 pm (UTC)
Alas mini macs don't have built in adsl modems, otherwise I might've done!

Computer is now working very nicely, apart from the slight adsl issue...
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