So for a year now I’ve been using ati-drivers (fireglrx, ccc, catalyst, watever you want to call that garbage) and wishing every other day that I didn’t have (some versions simply doesn’t work, older versions won’t compile with newer kernels – which I sometimes need for other bugfixes wrt wireless and possibly due to external requirements – asterisk’s dahdi driver comes to mind). So finally during the week when the proverbial shit once more hit the fan where I wanted to upgrade my kernel to 2.6.32 for some intel wireless fixes and the newest ati-drivers simply exploded in my face and the version just down didn’t want to work … I decided it’s time. Time to try the OSS drivers that didn’t want to work slightly over a year back again. And this time the story is quite different … (more…)
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Simple: Give up.
You heard me. Just give up. It absolutely has to be the worst browser I’ve ever had to deal with. I don’t know, there are lots of people using it, it’s a bulky browser, in my not so humble as it should be opinion, at the best of times. But when I start coding … well, it should just go away. And you can’t just ignore IE6 and 7 (IE 8 is a lot better than these two) because there are still too many people out there using old versions of IE. It’s a pain. I write some html, not a heck of a lot, and seeing that I’m using Linux to develop on accessing IE and testing with it is often a very out of my way process (not to mention illegal seeing that IE is bound to your copy of Windows and that without Windows you’re not actually allowed to use IE – at least, not as far as I understand). Grr, why must it be so broken? I can do html in a few minutes, and then often spend HOURS trying to make the most trivial of things work even remotely sanely in this piece of junk they call internet explode^H^Hrer.
So after spending hours trying to find the appropriate driver that would work with the CD/DVD device in my Lenovo Y710A I bumped into a post on the lenovo forums that said that acpi=off fixes the problem, or to replace grub with lilo.
Right, so I need to make it work. Right now. And as per usual half the instructions are so distro-specific it’s not even funny. So here is my attempt at providing some distro-neutral (influenced by my Gentoo background) and some pointers to the pitfalls…