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APM and Graphics Card

The graphics card upgrade caused me immense
trouble with Linux - the machine would
freeze whenever the X server exited or
when virtual console blanking kicked in.

After much troubleshooting and hunting over
the Net, I finally managed to solve the problem
by disabling APM in the kernel. Phew!

I was not terribly excited by the knowledge
that the card is made by "Robanton",
apparently a Taiwanese company whose
works no more.

(Originally posted on Advogato.)


nVidia GeForce 3 Ti 200

After several months, I finally laid my hands
on the nVidia GeForce 3 Ti 200 that I had bought
off eBay. With this upgrade, my system now
scores 3968 on the 3DMark 2001 gaming benchmark - an increase of more
than six times over my original configuration!

I hope this is just about enough to play
Half-Life 2 and
Uru. :-/
I noticed that the LexarMedia
JumpDrive 256MB USB drive
that I bought sometime back
was actually capable of storing only 245MB!
Sure enough, this was because they use 1000 bytes
per kilobyte
and 1000 kilobytes per megabyte to advertise
storage space provided by the device like hard disc
manufacturers do, instead of 1024 bytes/KB and 1024
KB/MB that is used by almost all operating systems.
By the way, the replacement for the defective
Visoly Flash Advance Xtreme 128M Card
arrived and
is working perfectly well. I am extremely pleased with
the great service from Success Compu

My hacking on GCJ has been quite erratic and
inconsistent - I feel really bad about it. I hope to
get to speed on this shortly (don't we all?).

(Originally posted on Advogato.)