Kids Growing Up

Irretrievable fukkup of MiniMax last night. Catastrophical failure! After the fortnightly Manjaro update (among many others also new Firefox and Thunderbird versions) he didn’t get his @$$ up. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thousand attempts later – still nothing but a black screen. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ First plan of action: Will WhatsApp Computer Repair Lady later, see if she can at least retrieve my latest data from the machine, and then deal with Gigabyte service. In the best interest of avoiding ugly scenes I refuse to go there ever again. Let her deal with that bonehead chief technician.

Anyhoo, with MiniMax out of commission, it’s time for the new kid on the block to step up and take responsibility as the editor’s main machine for a while.

UltraOrc in his new role as editor in chief

And what can I say, it’s terrible. The lappy is running good and fine but the keyboard … Oyoyoy. :/ I can’t type out nearly a single word without multiple typos. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Maybe it’s not UltraOrc’s time yet and I should put the responsibility on GagaMore’s strong shoulders. That little machine has repeatedly proven it’s more than capable of taking over the editrix’s desk.

We’ll see …


    • After having the machine standing around for some hours it finally agreed to boot up with an ISO on USB. But I don’t wanna do a new install since I haven’t done backups for a few days and wanna retrieve my data first.
      Oh, and anyway, if a computer reacts totally differently depending on how long it was switched off, I guess that’s a sign of faulty hardware, no?


  1. Windows 11 Pro for $20.83 discounted price. Windows 10 Pro for $14.24 discounted price.

    My Dell XPS 13 just had a major Intel firmware automatic upgrade that included the BIOS ‘n two other Intel firmware upgrades. I know Linux claims to get all the right upgrades, but they *SERIOUSLY* lack the many many many component firmware upgrades.

    Sorry to here about those problems…maybe you can check for the firmware ‘n other upgrades yourself.


      • Karmi! You noty boiii! Fossapup gave me a black screen on which I could enter some command lines … if only I knew how and what to type there. Useless really. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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        • Black screen?! Should have a GUI desktop. That allows you to open the other Distro’s drive >> then into folders for whatever data you need to recover.

          Puppy Linux is as simple as it gets…

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        • Noty GiiiirrrLLL! All these years on Linux and you don’t have a rescue USB on standby!?!?!?!?!?!

          I use Samsung or SanDisk (most USB’s don’t handle ext4). I like Puppy or EasyOS because they don’t need to be installed. Try Sparky…it even has a rescue version.

          Stay at it until you figure out how to create a rescue USB…You Can Do IT!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          • “You Can Do IT!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰”

            Oh I’m sure I can. But it looks like it’ll take time and patience. And a will to get geeky. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Do I really have so much interest in these things?


          • “Boot Menu key”

            Bitch please. I’m on Linux to make my life more easy and also a bit peasy, not to get all konfuzzlerizered. :/


            • I’ve got news for you…as you have fully documented here on your blog, Linux isn’t making your life easy, IMHO.

              Anyway, Boot Menu key is usually like F8 or F12, and it gives you choices on what OS to boot into. I suggest you make you a rescue USB to have around at all times. You can try installing a standard Distro on a standard USB to use as rescue. If you can’t get it to install on a standard USB, try installing it on a Samsung or SanDisk. All my permanently used Linux Distros are only installed on USB’s. I can use any of them for rescuing, but Puppy Linux has been best for me.

              With a reliable rescue USB, you then boot into it, look for the disk that that constantly breaking down ‘Archie’ is on, open the folder view, and find the file you want to recover. Copy it (or them) to your rescue disk.

              But it looks like itโ€™ll take time and patience. And a will to get geeky.

              Puuullleassseee!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              • “Linux isnโ€™t making your life easy, IMHO.”

                But it does. Never was I more happy computing than I am on Linux. It’s exclusively the two weird uncooperating Gigabyte mobos causing all the problems,

                “Puuullleassseee!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰”

                But it’s true. For example this morning: From 6 a.m. until half an hour ago (it’s 9:18 a.m. now) I was busy blogging. An occupation I much prefer over geeking out on basic functionalities of my tools. Really, I feel no spark in me to fiddle around with a boot menu I don’t have in the first place. I run one OS per computer. One, not two, not three, but one and only one.

                I never use rescue USBs or disks. Usually I keep all my data on external HDDs, and a couple Linux ISOs on USBs. So when a system fux up I have all my data saved and rather make a new install. Just too bad that I hadn’t transfered my latest data onto external HDDs when the machine broke.
                I know I can also pull l the M2 SSD and put it in this lappy in order to save my data. But I’m honestly too lazy for that.

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                • OK. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you take it to the “Computer Repair Lady,” and you’re still having problems wid laptop’s keyboard, then see if she will update the firmware on both for you, if needed.

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                  • “problems wid laptopโ€™s keyboard”

                    I have wot? As I wrote somewhere my problems with the Clevo’s keyboard is nothing a firmware update can solve. It’s the small key cap size of a laptop keyboard and the mushy feeling of membrane keyboards at large I have a problem with. And I don’t want the computer lady to repair anything, I need her to be a buffer in between the Gigabyte tech bully and disgruntled customer me. It was he, who insisted on assembling the machine before handing it over to her or me. And now it’s not werking properly, so let him make it right.


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