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Acer 8204 and Fedora

As some of you may have read or somehow learnt, I do own a new laptop now. Well, actually it’s only used-new, but as good as new and still with warranty. Anyway, first thing I did: Put in the Fedora 8 Live-CD, booted, enjoyed. Almost everything worked out of the box. Exceptions were the graphics (ATI Mobility Radeon x1300) and the webcam, at least everything else I checked worked, including wireless (most important!) and the CPU-throttling, which cools the laptop quite down a lot. So, next logical step: Install Fedora. After doing so, I activated the additional repositories, livna, freshrpms and atrpms. Following the guidelines from this tutorial, I got almost my previous installation. Only one really bothering thing was still there: Graphics not working!

The laptop does have the already mentioned ATI Mobility x1300 graphics chipset and there is the proprietary fglrx driver for it.  BUT: the version available until some time ago (7.12) did not support the native resolution of the screen, which is 1680×1050. I want that resolution, badly, that’s what I spent the money for! So, what are the alternatives? I don’t use the 3D-effects of the desktop, so any driver would be fine. That’s how I found out about the radeonhd driver. It’s a free, though yet incomplete driver for ATI graphic cards. At least, with it I got my 1680×1050 resolution. Too bad though, that it doesn’t allow me to use my webcam, at least it’s not working within skype and cheese but it worked when I used the fglrx driver for testing. Lately, a new version of that driver was released and it promises to fix my resolution problem. I will give it a try, as soon as it is in the livna-repo. And yes, I am too lazy to circumvent my package manager!

What would be the overall conclusion, regarding the Acer Travelmate 8204 and Fedora? Well, it is a pleasure. I barely, if ever reboot, as Suspend and Hibernate are working as well and I can say for sure, that this is the most productive and fastest laptop I’ve ever worked with. Well done, Acer! Not so well done, ATI!


Yesterday I somehow managed to screw up my home partition. It was a cryptsetup-luks encrypted partition and it seems like I wrote over the beginning of the partition when updating grub, which I had to do due to some re-partitioning… Today was consequently mostly spent on fixing that mess. At home I usually keep a copy of the most current Fedora Rescue CD. Or several copies. Well – I am not at home. And the Ubuntu 7.10 Live CD does not support LVM… Quite a hazzle with a not-so-happy ending.

Anyway, my „new“ /home is now bigger (who would not like that) and my last backup is luckily less than two weeks old. Rdiff-backup is doing its thing and restoring (almost) all data.

Lessons learned:

  • backup, backup, backup
  • never screw with a system if you don’t have a rescue cd at hands
  • backup, backup, backup
  • rdiff-backup works really well *

Next time, I just won’t resize but delete stuff instead…

* somehow one directory within my ~/.evolution can not be restored. rdiff-backup hangs at 100% cpu and seems to do nothing on that 4 MB directory with ~20 files in it. I didn’t find anything on that, but if anyone knows something…


Yesterday Evening I had an idea.

Inspired by the changing background in Fedora 8 (which rocks, by the way!!!), I had the idea about some „mood-applet“ for GNOME (or any desktop, for that matter). What’s the idea?

Well, think of it as a global setting applet, where you can somehow „change“ your mood, kind of like you do with the volume of your speakers. Depending on the mood, the desktop could change its appearance, the music selection could be influenced, your instant messenger will change your status, maybe something else?

It’s just an idea and I am not a programmer, who could implement it, but if there are some, feel free 🙂

rdiff-backup and "Found too many current_mirror incs!"

If you use rdiff-backup or some program, which sits on top of it (e.g. backupninja) and you get errors similar to this:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File „/usr/bin/rdiff-backup“, line 23, in ?
File „/var/lib/python-support/python2.4/rdiff_backup/Main.py“, line 298, in error_check_Main
try: Main(arglist)
File „/var/lib/python-support/python2.4/rdiff_backup/Main.py“, line 318, in Main
File „/var/lib/python-support/python2.4/rdiff_backup/Main.py“, line 276, in take_action
elif action == „check-destination-dir“: CheckDest(rps[0])
File „/var/lib/python-support/python2.4/rdiff_backup/Main.py“, line 780, in CheckDest
need_check = checkdest_need_check(dest_rp)
File „/var/lib/python-support/python2.4/rdiff_backup/Main.py“, line 817, in checkdest_need_check
assert len(curmir_incs) == 2, „Found too many current_mirror incs!“
AssertionError: Found too many current_mirror incs

Then you might try to go to your rdiff-backup-data directory of your backup and delete all but the latest current-mirror-*.data files. At least my backups (simple rdiff-backup) are working again.