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Month: October 2011

Re: [trinity-users] KDE 3 in Lenny has gone bonkers - "progress" so far

From: Kate Draven <borgqueen4@...>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 06:54:18 -0400
I had a drive die on my too, thankfully I didn't have all the problems you 
did. Sorry lass. And data retrieval was a snap.

Be happy, you're running linux and not windows, data retrieval would be a 
nightmare. Assuming it was possible.

I wish I could help, I have some spare healthy HDs I could have lent you.

If you're in the US, take advantage of the memorial day sales coming up.

Also, don't buy any HD with a less than 5 year warranty. They are more likely 
to fail within the first 90 days of operation (cheaper  - none mission 
critical, consumer level construction).

Seagates, Western Digitals and Maxtor (Seagate) are my favs.

I hope all goes well.


On Saturday 08 October 2011, Lisi wrote:
> On Thursday 06 October 2011 22:23:11 Lisi wrote:
> > Bonkers is the best description I can come up with.  Applications that
> > were working fine are suddenly not.  (In particular Konqueror, but not
> > only Konqeror.)  Settings change randomly.  The latest, a few minutes
> > ago, was my desktop settings, which have disappeared and the same random
> > KDE one "set up" for all the desktops (4 - and until just now they all
> > had different backgrounds).  When I went to check what "configure
> > desktop" showed, I found that my screensaver had been turned off.
> I ran memtest overnight from Thursday to Friday.  No errors.  It was only 6
> passes, so is not definitive, but it is a good indication that the memory
> is OK.
> I have looked at the log as suggested by Nik.  I can see nothing, but then
> I don't know what I am looking for.
> And last night I ran (from a Live CD, so outside the system): first
> smartctl, which found some errors, and then badblocks, which didn't.
> So I imagine that I should start looking for a new hard drive? :-( I do
> worry a bit in case it is something more major.  And I may change the CMOS
> battery first.
> smartctl is obviously warning me: the drive is on its way out, so do
> something about it.  I shall try to limp to next Tuesday, since it will
> mean a lot of sorting out.  (Acquire the HDD, install Squeeze/Trinity, try
> to use my present /home and all the data on it etc.)
> That would also, of course, sort out the software.  Provided that I don't
> go and restore some faulty configurations.  I shall anyhow try the viable
> part of Kate's suggestion.  Kate - I realised that the fault is too
> intermittent to show up in a hurry.  We are talking days, not hours.  And
> I, as me, need to access my data etc.
> I am still open to suggestions!!
> Thanks all for your invaluable help.
> Lisi
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