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Honey, I screwed up your laptop! Thu, 10 Aug 2006 09:01:48 +0530

Filed under: GNU/Linux,Hardware,Life,Ubuntu — Bon Goose @ 09:01:48

Something very odd happened just now. I noticed that Dapper was unable to keep correct time on the BIOS and was basically hit by bug #43661 which is OK compared to what happened next. I just went to the BIOS settings and fixed the time, and now it doesn’t boot at all! So what now? Oh well, it’s bug #43745 at work here 🙂

My options, either send the laptop back to Dell, or take out the BIOS cell to reset it. I will try the latter now, as sending the laptop back to Dell might be quite a PITA and I need this laptop now.

/me off to taking the laptop apart, wish me luck!

N.B – Somebody else had the exact same problem as me …

P.S – The actual owner of the laptop sounded very calm over the phone, either she didn’t understand the issue or she has too much confidence on my mad hardware skillz 😉

Update: I fixed the damn issue, w00t! I took apart the whole laptop only to realise that the BIOS battery is just under the keyboard, hehe. The XPS is a true engineering marvel, extremely tiny parts everywhere, so better send it back to Dell if you are not experienced enough in taking things apart and putting them back in. One tip to Dell users, stay away from the rtc kernel driver, in fact, better blacklist that bugger.


4 Responses to “Honey, I screwed up your laptop!”

  1. Anurag Says:

    /me a happy thinkpad user 🙂

  2. Baishampayan Says:

    Anurag: The hardware is very new. Consider this, all the parts were marked June 2006 and the default BIOS date is May 2006! The problem is only with the newer generation of Dell machines. You have to give it the benefit of doubt.

  3. Anurag Says:

    BG, totally agree with you.
    My colleague in office is also getting same model – Dell XPS from bangalore delivered sometime this week. Looks like we’ll have fun installing Ubuntu on it 🙂

  4. nandu Says:

    I want to report a strange problem with a xps 1210 and find a solution.
    When ever the power source changes (batt to mains and mains to batt) the system freezes. I have noticed this with Kubuntu edgy live DVD and also installed on an external USB disk. Same behaviour with SUSE. I have noticed it during SUSE installation also just now. The systems were delivered in Dec 2006. This has been repeated on more than one system. No hardware defects, I have run the Dell diags. I have not checked this with installation on the internal hard disk. No such behaviour with the pre installed WinXP home.

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