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  1. So along these lines, will adding noatime to my fstab for my devices help or hurt my power consumption? I should think it would only help. Thanks, Jon
  2. I also use WinMD5sum (or something like that).
  3. So I run into this problem a lot. Go to your .mozilla/firefox directory. Look for two files .parentlock and lock If only one is present delete it, otherwise delete them both. Now try restarting it. This also works for Thunderbird. This happens a lot to me regardless of how I treat Firefox. Good luck, Jon
  4. Thanks for the 2.6.21 kernel advice. I got such a kernel and the whining is past. Thanks, Jon
  5. The 2.6.21 kernels are the tickless kernels right? Does anyone see a large power consumption decrease with these kernels? Is this noisy capacitor a problem? Jon
  6. Hey guys, When I issue /sbin/hdparm -y /dev/sda I hear the drive spin down and then pick back up. The whine is there all the time. I'm definitely noticing the high-pitched whine is associated with battery usage. The output of my /sbin/lsmod > out.txt is attached. Thanks for all of your suggestions. Note that I'm using kpowersave in KDE. Jon out.txt
  7. Are these logged in as different users or the same? I'm a little cloudy on that. If they're logged in as different users, I don't think should be an issue at all. Jon
  8. Thanks James. Those are some really great suggestions. I'll definitely give each of those a look-see. Jon
  9. Hi all, I know that I typically post questions to this thread and like a lot of laptop questions, they may/may not come back answered. On my Dell Latitude D620, suspend to RAM works well....except one little detail. When I suspend to RAM all seems to actually suspend except for a VERY VERY faint whine which I am presuming is the sound of a hard disk in activity. (I know, I know that what I'm about to say is frowned upon by some.) When I suspend to RAM in M$ I do not get this same whine. I've tried setting the BIOS settings to quiet. I've used hdparm to set my hard disk to the "silent mode". No luck. Am I missing something. I mean evreything seems to work. DPMS and all. Could this be the sound of active RAM? Surely not. Any ideas? If there is already a thread which I missed in my searches which covers this topic, feel free to point me there. Thanks, Jon
  10. I'm going to play stupid and ask the following although i bet you've already thought of this. 1.) Are you root? 2.) /sbin/ndiswrapper? 3.) How'd you install the .rpm file? -Uvh? Any warnings? Just a few thoughts right off the bat. Keep the comments coming. Jon
  11. Hi Jorge, I don't know if you're still checking this board. I would definitely consider checking out http://www.linux-laptop.net/ for your specific make and model to see if anyone has any success with it. While I didn't see an NX6325, I saw several models around it. Perhaps they share similar hardware. Further, people continually post pages to this list of links. One option is to try a live CD version which is just a burned .ISO image to CD. You can boot to this CD and a minimized version of that distribution will boot. Perhaps this way you can see how much of the hardware is recognized by default. The hardware you listed seems excellent and most distros will probably support it. I do not know anything of fingerprint readers though and so don't know if they work or not. I guess another option is to install it and then remove it if it doens't work or to install a vmware server to try it that way. Then, with the later option, you have no repartitioning. Good luck, Jon
  12. JonEberger


    So I've never seen that problem. But typically, I look around in the .kde directory in my /home/myusername directory. Unless you have tons of settings, you probably won't mind deleting the entire directory as these are most just preferences specific to your login for KDE. But perhaps there's a specific file that you should be looking at. For instance, I just got a pop-up message which I had disabled in KDE to come back by deleting an application profile in the .kde directory. Good luck, Jon
  13. I priced a similar laptop to what I just bought. Mine was only 80 bucks more for a Latitude. The monitor and HD are slightly smaller on mine, but otherwise identical. I got the MS XP Home and am kinda glad. I would've had to come by a license somewhere since I have to use MS stuff for reports and such to some groups who still require Office (and not always does ooo work perfectly). I installed the Linux distro which I prefer and got the more structurally rigid lappy. I wasn't blown away by the cost decrease.
  14. I recently purchased a Dell D620. It has the NV 110 M Quadro (GeForce Go 7300 I think) and the Intel 3945. Everything that I've tried works including suspend. I've not given the modem a shot. I had to download the Intel drivers for the NIC and my kernel. I'm running FC6 though, so that may ruin the fun of some of you. Good luck, Jon
  15. Hello, Perhaps this is an old topic and I've just not caught it in my searches on this forum. I've finally got a good laptop with a battery life of greater than 10 seconds. I've got everything set up on it (including most power management). When I look for good wireless connection managers, using KDE, the first I obviously find is Kwifimanager. However, when I do 'top', Kwifimanager is consistently near the top in CPU usage. Since I'm using a laptop, I would like to reduce the amount of CPU usage and thereby save my battery. There are other wireless 'displays', in that alll they really do is tell you what network I've used and how strong my signal is. Is there an application that uses lower power but also offers much of the functionality of Kwifimanager? Thanks, Jon
  16. Hi Scythe, So your second post is the currently working xorg.conf for your 2007.1 install? How did the Nvidia panel change the xorg.conf file? That would be interesting to see as well. So perhaps make a backup copy of this xorg.conf and then make the change. Then you always have the working one too. In my xorg.conf file if I add the lines Option "TwinView" Option "MetaModes" "1680x1050,1680x1050" in the "Device" Section (where the two metamodes are resolutions for the monitors), TwinView works well for me. Good luck, Jon
  17. JonEberger


    SSH is way better.
  18. I had to enable the Twinview option and the meta modes are the screen resolutions for each monitor. So those first two lines in my Device section where what I had to add. Keep us posted.
  19. I was always able to do this and with my dual DVI get Nvidia Twinview going. My graphics card is a Quadro and it's great. Section "Device" Option "TwinView" Option "MetaModes" "1680x1050,1680x1050" Identifier "Videocard0" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "Videocard vendor" BoardName "VESA driver (generic)" EndSection This was of course with identical monitors and was in the "Device" section of my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Good luck, Jon
  20. Yeah...I'll be glad to see a more standard/solid wifi approach for Linux.
  21. Heh...yeah the whole paying money definitely presents a dilemma. I'm not advocating ditching the app. I'm also not advocating getting rid of the core dumps. I'm saying just make sure you know what's causing the problem and that there aren't any repercussions from the application failures. Sorry for anything that came off wrong. I'm a "better safe than sorry" kinda guy. Jon
  22. I think Tyme and John gave solid advice. I DO admire their knowledge and ask it quite frequently (although this doesn't pertain to the current discussion). Regardless of how you classify the severity of the core dump, it is still there and you do have a problem that requires fixing. Sorry your favorite game is the cause. I've never examined core dumps (nope, not even once). However, maybe it's worthwhile to look into the problem.
  23. Hi Everybody, I've been using Mozilla Thunderbird now since 2003 (I think) and I've got a problem that I've never had before. I'm currently using Beta 2.02 (also, I think) and this guy leaves a huge footprint. This wouldn't be a problem except for the way the University I attend has some things going. The school uses AFS for it's network filesystem and of course all applications generate the ".whatever" directory where all of my settings, etc. are stored. In Firefox there is the browser.cache.disk.parent_directory property name which I can add to the prefs.js file when I do an "about:config" in the address bar. In Firefox I just moved this directory to the local drive on my workstation and all goes well. This frees up most of the bulk space which Firefox requires. Is there something similar for Thunderbird? I do not want to get rid of these messages (the number of messages, nor their attachments are the problem as mail space is served differently than my AFS space). The problems are the filters, rules, address books, etc. that I have set up and which save me tons of time. Any ideas? I didn't find anything online, but I'm a notoriously poor websearcher. Also, I notice that I have two profiles listed (what I'm presuming are two different profiles) wach with horrendously given names each starting with a decimal number followed by several letters. One of them is quite large and the other is quite small. How do I know which profile I'm using? Thanks and thanks again, Jon
  24. hey thanks for the replies everybody. unfortunately some code that i obtained for industrial use is in fortran. i would be okay, except that one of the other packages which i'm using is in C. so i have to either get the guy who writes to put the other package in fortran (not going to happen!), scrap this package and go for something that is in C (already have an alternative), or use f2c (as recommended by the author of the code). thanks for the comments and the willingness to help with C. for anything i'm going to do, i think i'm probably ok. but if anyone has any suggestions for an alternative to using the f2c for the fortran code, i'm all ears (or rather eyes, as I'll be reading the comment). coincidentally, does anyone on here have any experience with using donlp2? it's a public domain sequential quadratic programming routine (nonlinear problem solver) for optimization? thanks, jon
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