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    Re: 8.04 Stability on G4 Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by siabost View Post
    Firefox doesn't realise I've got a permanently on usb connection to the internet & always opens in "work offline" mode. Anyone know of any fixes? Konqueror doesn't have this problem (I think) but I prefer Firefox.
    I think there is a relationship between the current Network Manager and Firefox 3 beta. Hard to tell if this will be fixed when Firefox 3 goes final. I did notice this, so it might help:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=767045

    I guess this might be the easiest way to do it; I do it the hard way since I am running ethernet without any roaming, and don't really need NM. Works for me, but again, ymmv, especially since you are running pppoe so I don't know the effects. More research needed or maybe someone can jump in...

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ne...b71c810878b0eb

    Music players now recognise my firewire CD player and display cover details & contents but freeze immediately on pressing play.
    I'd check and see if you are using DMA for those drives. I forgot where to check though.
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    Re: 8.04 Stability on G4 Laptop

    Thanks stream303.

    The info on thread the 767045 you linked above worked. Firefox now goes straight online. One more pain cured!=D>

    I will need to replace one/both of the batteries as this 1904 date thing is a little patience sapping. If I replace the PRAM Battery (which is a lot cheaper than the main battery) will this solve the date problem? Or will I have to replace the main battery as well? The Power monitor says my main battery is "missing" but I presume that just means it's had it.
    Is replacing the PRAM battery a straight-forward operation?

    I loaded CPUDYN and the monitor shows 667Mhz constantly. But that may be because it thinks I need it!

    Thanks.

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    Re: 8.04 Stability on G4 Laptop

    I've never replaced one so I don't know - maybe the lowendmac guys have something. I've got a feeling both batteries are shot, and if you replace the pram battery, you may end up having to boot from a rescue shell, and let openfirmware know about your install with a ybin -v -C /etc/yaboot.conf - hard to say.

    I think that unless you need to be portable, the pram battery is the most important.

    At this point, I'd unload cpudyn and stick to the default powernowd. I'd have to research it, but maybe your cpu doesn't support frequency-scaling.
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    Re: 8.04 Stability on G4 Laptop

    OK, I'll do some more research on the PRAM battery - seems I may need the board not just the battery itself.

    A preparatory question: how would I boot from a rescue shell? Or drop into one, for that matter?

    On a different tack, is there a linux version of Norton Speed Disk (as used to be) i.e. something that reorders your hard drive as well as defragging?


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    Re: 8.04 Stability on G4 Laptop

    My favorite technique is to boot an install disk, which is usually the "alternate", and at the second-stage of the yaboot boot: prompt, hit -tab-. This will stop the countdown and will offer some suggestions. Typically you enter rescue-ppc, or linux single etc - that then loads the system and asks you where your root partition is to drop you into a shell.

    No need for defrag utilities. There's a lot of consumer pc baggage you can now safely leave behind.
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    Re: 8.04 Stability on G4 Laptop

    Hi,

    Good to hear that defrag utils are no longer needed.

    On the sound issue it seems to a problem with the latest kernel not recognising my G4's soundcard/driver properly (or not at all). I get about 10s of sound and then nothing. I believe my card is a "snapper". How do I get the driver/card info out of Ubuntu?

    Thanks

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