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    handy hint for rebooting stubbborn/failing computers

    Im wrangling with a Laptop trying to get Knoppix 5.x to load, which loads on someone elses computer fine, but not mine. Its freezing so bad I have to kill the power. Removing the laptop battery and running on AC power does the trick, yank the power cable = instant reset.

    Now to go find my Knoppix hammer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveca View Post
    Im wrangling with a Laptop trying to get Knoppix 5.x to load, which loads on someone elses computer fine, but not mine. Its freezing so bad I have to kill the power. Removing the laptop battery and running on AC power does the trick, yank the power cable = instant reset.

    Now to go find my Knoppix hammer...
    I understand your feeling. Grr! Bad news - I think you have a marginal disk. Good news - it's not so hard to fix. Try the media self-test, i.e.
    Code:
    knoppix testcd
    at the boot prompt (use F2/F3 to get help specific to v.5) to check whether you have a good burn on the disk. There are a LARGE number of bad/marginal burns and/or downloads. If it isn't okay, check the md5-sum of your ISO file to make sure it's right, then re-burn at a slower speed, or use another media type if you have one, i.e. CDRW. If you can't use the much more modern v.6.2, that's fine, but it has a LOT of advantages.

    Cheers!
    Krishna
    Last edited by krishna.murphy; 05-14-2010 at 01:46 PM.

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