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Atheros 802.11g PCMCIA card

I have a couple of no-name 802.11g PCMCIA/Cardbus cards, which I use in two different laptops, both running Debian Linux (testing). They are marked “WLB2054PCM” on the front, and “Model GL245401-1A1” and “FCC ID: 07J-GL245401-1A1” on the back. The card is identified by cardctl as: product info: “Atheros Communications, Inc.”, “AR5001-0000-0000”, “Wireless LAN Reference Card”, […]

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Setting up Nucleus blogs

This site is run by Nucleus CMS, and this is just to recapitulate how it was set up. It wasn’t all that hard, but it might be useful to remember. First step was to create the blog in Nucleus which is straightforward. Second step was to clone the grey skin and two templates, and edit […]

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Old stuff moving over here

I’m moving most of my old Linux related material over here, to have it all in a single location. Since the material is old, I backdate the pages so they won’t appear on the front page. Currently migrated are: Linux on Asus L8400 laptops Linux on Olivetti Echos laptops

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VMware and Wireless Networks

I have just installed the 30 days trial version of VMware on my laptop. It has a double purpose in my case: home banking and cross browser testing of websites. Currently both require access to MSIE. I know there are banks with home banking systems that work with Linux/Mozilla, and I also use one such […]

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Yet another wonderful Gnome error message

Error activating XKB configuration. Probably internal X server problem. X server version data: The XFree86 Project, Inc 40300001 You are using XFree 4.3.0. There are known problems with complex XKB configurations. Try using simpler configuration or a newer version of the XFree software. If you report this situation as a bug, please include: – The […]

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Nautilus 2.6 and mime types

Since I installed Gnome 2.6 in my Debian testing laptop, nautilus has refused to work with certain file types. They are classified as application/octet-stream and not application choices are offered. Even if I go to Applications | Desktop Preferences | Advanced | File types and programs and set up the mime types, extensions and applications, […]

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Unknown CORBA exception id: ‘IDL:omg.org/CORBA/INV_OBJREF:1.0’

What a wonderful informative message. It happened when I logged into Gnome 2.6, once for each applet in the panel. Given the clarity of the message I had no doubt the applets didn’t load. I could also see they were missing in the panel 🙂 After some searching I finally discovered the solution: log out […]

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Installing Debian on a Soltek Qbic EQ 3401M

I bought a Soltek Qbic EQ 3401M computer to use as a cheap home server. A low noise level was one of my main priorities, since the computer must on at all times, while being located in my home office where I work every day, and the Soltek delivers what they promise. The machine is […]

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Using the Mail led with remote mail

I recently switched all my mail reading over to using IMAP over SSL, and needed to get GNOME’s Inbox Monitor applet to handle it. It doesn’t do it natively, so I had to use a script to do the check. It is done easily with fetchmail. I have found a way to use the extra […]

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Extra leds on front of the Asus M2400N

I was browsing through the file /usr/src/linux/drivers/acpi/asus_acpi.c on my laptop where I noticed this: echo 1 > /proc/acpi/asus/mled will turn on the mail-arrived led on the front-right of the laptop. It is turned off by writing a “0” to the file. Likewise, the Wi-Fi activity led can be turned on and off by writing to […]

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Linux on Asus M2400N laptops

I bought an Asus M2400N laptop when my old Asus L8400C died a horrible death. Werner Heuser, the creator of tuxmobil.org, also runs xtops.de where he sells laptops with Linux preinstalled. Needing a replacement machine in a hurry I ordered an Asus M2400 with Debian pre-installed, and I had it delivered ready to use in […]

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Linux on Asus L8400 laptops

There are no major problems in running Linux on Asus L8400 laptops. The Asus L8400B and L8400C laptops are sold both under the Asus brand and under other names. I have personally installed Debian potato (2.2r3) and woody (3.0) on a L8400C with very few problems. I have no reason to believe other distributions shouldn’t […]

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Linux on Olivetti Echos laptops

Bottom Line The basic news is that Linux works on Olivetti Echos and Echos Pro laptops. The OS works, LILO works, the peripherals work. XFree86 3.3 works well with the Chips&Technologies chipset of the Echos series, and but supposedly not with the Cirrus Logic chipset of the Echos Pro series (driver stated as supported, but […]

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LaTeX indexing macros

I have written some macros to help me index my writings in a consistent way. They are not polished or in the form of a proper distribution, but I have used them with succes myself. I have not, however, used these macros for several years, so I cannot necessarily help much with problems. There is […]