My primary computer is my IBM T20 thinkpad, running Debian unstable. It’s hooked up to the rest of my home network through a wireless connection. Last week, every thing went south.
First, because my wife has been having a lot of trouble getting a good connection to the wireless network from her computer, I upgraded the access port (after futzing around with antennas for a day or so). I put in a new Linksys WAP. One of the cool ones, with Linux inside.
And, I took the opportunity to get a 802.11g PCMCIA card for my laptop.
Then, I did a apt-get dist-upgrade. And got upgraded to kernel 188.8.131.52-3.
Which won’t suspend properly.
The magick keys don’t even register, much less do anything. Turns out I’m not the first person to have this problem, so, I have some hope it will get fixed.
I took a stab at upgrading my BIOS to the most recent cut, hoping ACPI would work. It did a little bit, as long as I disabled X DPMS, and was willing to suspend only once before rebooting.
I usually leave the laptop running for weeks.
So I down graded back to 2.6.7.
And realized that I don’t have support for the new network card there.
Windows 2000, on an identical laptop, had been up for 253 days, before I rebooted it to pull the floppy drive to do the BIOS upgrade on this machine.
I suppose that’s what I get for running unstable.
What’s worse? It’s been _fun_.