Sunday, May 16, 2004

messed up my suse installation

I was experimenting with my system today, and messed up my install of suse. Quite frustrating. I upgraded to the 2.6 kernel, and have had everything working except the wireless network card (Netgear WG511). Turns out that the hotplug scripts are not compatible with the 2.6 kernels. It was suggested that I try hotplug-beta. After searching for hours on end, I finally found a package that seemed to be an updated version of hotplug. I installed it. Big mistake. Now the Wi-Fi card won't boot in either 2.4 or 2.6 as the upload for the firmware fails.

After trying a bunch of stuff to get the card working in 2.4 again, I give up. Am picking up the Suse disks from work, and reinstalling.

I considered upgrading to a newer distro, with the 2.6 kernel, but I see very few advantages. I tried KDE 3.2 on a machine at work and there is barely any difference. Too much time already wasted and not much to gain. The speed increase that people talk about is negligble on these fast machines at work, and I feel that it will also be negligble on the laptop. So Suse 9.0 it is.

Reinstallation is cool, because with the original install I had allocated 4 GB for Suse which is way too less. At home partition magic is repartitioning to give me 5 GB, so I can have some room to play!

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