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back to windows (for now)


I've been a happy camper since I switched back to Linux (Red Hat 9) on my Thinkpad T21 laptop about three months ago. Everything worked fine. And aside from some annoyances, such as the tendency of Gnome to crash a few times a day, it was great.

But yesterday I needed to test some of the sound features in clevercactus and Linux bailed. For some time I thought this was a Linux problem, after all, the Gnome sound recorder crashed when I recorded more than once and didn't record anything at all. Then (this morning) I realized that the problem was in the internal microphone (not supported) and using an external mike worked ok. The sound recorder still crashed, but at least it worked. Once.

Problem is, I need Java to work with it, not just a native Linux app. And Java sound support has been spotty outside of Windows and the Mac (Sun is devoting basically no resources to it). Even though output worked ok, microphone input did not. LineUnavailableException.

At the moment I really don't have time to spend two days fixing whatever the problem is. I think that with enough tweaking it should end up working (that's the Linux way after all) but that's not an option right now.

Back to Windows it is, at least for the moment. I dusted off the original Windows 2000 Pro installation disk that came with the notebook (after I found it :)) and I am now in the middle of the install. Disgusting experience. FDISK. FORMAT. Abort, Retry, Fail? messages. I'm now doing the recovery of the install (the IBM recovery disk creates its own partition setup, one more reason to wince) and the file copy is in progress.

*Sigh*. I hope to be able to go back to Linux soon in the machine. Running cygwin is a poor excuse for it.

Update: Linux doesn't want to let go. After reformatting, Fdisk, and such, the Linux boot loader is still there, except that now it just hangs. Damn. Trying again...

Update 2: running "fdisk /mbr" took care of the problem.

Categories: soft.dev
Posted by diego on November 18 2003 at 12:29 PM

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