I Shouldn’t Have Opened my Mouth
Not twenty minutes after I had written a rather glowing review of XP 10 years on, did problems begin.
Lockups, frozen inputs, and even two blue screen crashes.
At first, I was furious. How could XP do this do me, after I had praised it’s “stability”? How dare it!
In a less than happy mood, I grabbed my nearest Linux disk (which wasn’t all that far ;)), and decided I was reverting back to how I liked things, to how things should be.
I booted up Ubuntu 9.04, and started to get some work done.
And then, a lockup.
Clearly, the problem was not XP’s fault. My next step was to run a Memtest. After two passes, I deduced that the RAM was probably not to blame either (it had passed a two day Memtest when I first got Tecra).
The problem finally became apparent after a BIOS warning and a Google search. “Bad Sum Check (ROM)”, a rather vague and scary message to see. Turns out though, that the cause of the problem is a dead CMOS battery.
So, at the weekend when I’ve some time, I’ll open it up, and find a replacement.
XP, I apologise. 🙄
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Tags: Tecra, Windows, XP
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