13 Aug 2004
Yesterday I went to the movies with a friend of mine to see “King Arthur”. It had been a while since we last met. We went to the big movie theatre in Copenhage (Imperial) where we spend some time before the movie to catch up. I had a great time and the movie was good, not like Braveheart or Gladiator but okay entertainment no doubt.
31 Jul 2004
I have experienced that my mouse isn’t working after a reboot a few times. I think it happens after a system update… and this morning I was hit again. When starting X the mouse pointer wouldn’t move.
After googleing around for a while I found out that the
psmouse module wasn’t loaded. I compared an
lsmod output I had found on the net with my own and discovered that the above module wasn’t loaded:
Did the trick and even without reloading X.
30 Jul 2004
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I found out that I had been using a completly wrong driver for my wireless card. The juice for my card is a Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi (MADWIFI). I found a Debian specific driver compile guide on their homepage.
It is a good guide but for Debian users with less tech-knowlegde and rutine it misses a few things IMHO. I have addressed the problems I ran into here.
A part from the packages mentioned in the guide I was missing
sysutils to follow the guide and avoiding error messages ofcource. The missing uudecode was beginning to give me grey hair (in an age of 24 that is not a good sign). The warning (error) message was hidden in the output code many lines before the make-file actually worte ‘Error’ and exited:
apt-get install sharutils lib6-dev sysutils
I’m using Debian pre-compiled kernels (at the writing time a 2.6.7-1) which tricked me a bit. I used the
make-kpkg --append-to-version "-686" --revision 2.6.7-1 which is wrong!
Instead use (look in guide to know where and when):
make-kpkg --append-to-version "-1-686" --revision 2.6.7 --config old configure
make-kpkg --append-to-version "-1-686" --revision 2.6.7 --added-modules madwifi modules_image
Writing this post in my weblog on my laptop sitting in my bed without any wires connected at all - Now everything is forgiven and forgotten.
23 Jul 2004
This was quite easy:
apt-get install cpufreqd
apt-get install gnome-cpufreq-applet
Finally add the applet to the GNOME panel.
Make sure that the acpi module is loaded in order to get cpufreqd to run, because without cpufreqd no frequency scaling will happen.
Now when ever you pull the power for your laptop the frequency will be scaled down to 66% until the system requires the recources. This can be cunfigured in /etv/cpufreqd.conf.
23 Jul 2004
I was really nerveus about getting wireless to work…
Update, 24. July 2004, an hour later: Well it was bound to be an impossible mission from the start. The computer dosn’t even have an Intel fucker of not supported death wireless card I thought it had :) What a waste of time.
I have an Atheros (AR5212 802.11abg) card instead.</i>
After googeling I found that my wireless card is an Intel 2200BG which at the time of the writing of the guides I found wasn’t supported very well, but the linked to the ipw2200 site on SourceForge developing the Linux driver. But what the hell - I’ll give it a try… it might work.
There is a few requirements for the driver to work:
To compile the source code you also need the packages gcc and make. For a more detailed howto consult the project website.
Now compile the source code:
debian:~# tar xzvf ipw2200-0.2.tgz
debian:~# cd ipw2200-0.2
Unpack the firmware files to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware:
If this isn’t loaded you will get an error like this “-1 Unknown symbol in module”
and finally run :
Well I didn’t get any errors… now I have to figure out how this works :) Step 2… test that it is actually working.
dmesg dosn’t detect any new ahrdware when I load the modules, so I don’t think that it is working?!