I am Loddy…

…Just another white boy with a blog about geeking out and living life.

Rescued

I have an Acer Aspire One, and I love the darn thing. So the other day, when I got it onto the train for some ‘traveltainment’, you can imagine my horror/shock/anger/frustration/heart sinking feeling when I turned it on and I was not greeted by the usual white ‘Acer’ logo and the green grub boot menu of my oh so wonderful Linux Mint distro!

The power came on, hard drive was whirring and purring as it normally does, but nothing on the screen. No signs of breaking on the screen (I’ve broken laptop screens before) so I was completely clueless as to what happened. I then though “Well it might be a BIOS problem…but what can I do with no screen?” and I left it there until last night when I searched the issue on the old Google-intranet-machine (thank you Will Ferrel) and found a post that looked fishy, yet very interesting…

So without anymore waffle, here’s what you do to fix the Black Screen of Death problem on an Acer Aspire One!

Here’s what you need:

  1. USB Memory stick (as low as 128mb)
  2. Another PC with a net connection
  3. WinZip, WinRAR, or some other program that can extract zip files.
  4. A quick visit towww.acer.com
  5. Your Acer Aspire One, that will power up/turn on, but the screen does not come on.

And here’s what you do:

  1. Go to http://www.acer.com and go through the DRIVER support pages until you get the Aspire One driver page for your relevant Aspire One model (110/150/751)
  2. Click on the tab on the download area that reads ‘BIO’ even if it looks like you can’t click on it (their site design grays it out but it’s there) and download the BIOS file numbered 3310 (it might have changed version recently but do it) and don’t worry, you can trust this file, as it’s from Acer directly.
  3. Extract the zip once downloaded and find in the DOS folder the files ‘flashit.exe’ and 3310.fd
  4. When you’s ve found them, rename 3310.fd to ZG5IA32.fd and put this renamed file and ‘flashit.exe’ onto the USB memory stick
  5. Put the USB in the Aspire One and hold the keys ‘FN’ (function) and ‘Esc’ (escape) and keep them held when you turn the laptop on
  6. Watch the power button and when it starts flashing, press it once (DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE)
  7. You should notice the USB (if it has a light) blinking as well… The netbook has started ‘flashing’ the BIOS and after about 7 minutes, the netbook should shutdown and reboot itself and VOILA! The screen should turn on just fine.

It took my three times but this IS the proper solution! I am now very happy with my Aspire One that still works!

Marriage

Well I’m married now! Back off the honeymoon and well into the working week back in the office.

The Wedding was fantastic, we had a really chilled day and people kept saying it was the most easy going relaxed wedding they’d ever been too and that is exactly what K and I hoped for. The Mashup Party mix I did went down a storm, the Hungarians went mental when the Republic and Edda songs came on (You’re welcome,by the way) to the delight of the English crowd, who to their credit joined in even though they didn’t have a clue what they were singing!

Budapest was cold and lovely, with the regular exception of the check-out staff, they just never seem happy and it’s always a bit unwelcoming when you get an unfriendly check-out girl.

Eger was even colder but the welcome was considerably warmer as you might imagine from countryside folk. We went wine tasting at the Siké Tamas wine cellar which was superb and we even had a private tour of the Eger castle when we finally got up there, and in English too!

Now we are back in the UK and things are turning in a more administrative direction, sorting out bills and furniture and what-not, but it’s still an adventure, or at least that’s how I’m looking at it. The main thing is that I’m with my wife and every seems easier that way.

Tesco

You know the self scan tills in TESCO? Turns out the trick is, not to put your stuff in the bag until you pay. Just put your shopping on the metal plate/scale thing and bam, no errors, I had a completely hassle-free check out this morning!

…In your FACE, weight based technology, I shall always be smarter than you!

Helena

…Helena is the codename name of the latest Linux Mint edition which, as yet, is not out yet. this is because it is released a couple of weeks after its corresponding version of the foundation distro ‘Ubuntu’ is made available. This I presume is for the sake of courtesy and also keeping an eye on bugs perhaps.

I’m eager to see the way this ‘Karmic Koala’ based Mint will handle, because Linux Mint was the perfect distro for me and my Acer Apire One. Everything except the Wireless LED light worked out of the box for my netbook and that was what I was after. Now that I had a linux distro that worked, I could spend as much time getting used to terminal commands and all the other jargon that comes with Linux.

I’ve read that MintInstall will now have an uninstall feature -which will help users who aren’t too sure about synaptic- which I remember wondering about (as in, why wasn’t it there in Mint 7?). So as Ubuntu Karmic Koala is out, it’s only a matter of days til Lint Mint 8 is upon us, stay tuned for my review!

Music

Well today, I have one of those rare days at home with the folks without my Lady (sad face) that has actually been planned for me to put the music mixes together for the Wedding Reception. So I’ve got my software up and my track listing done so now I just need to get going on the mixing, splicing, and hopefully humorous DJ inserts for the legitimacy feel, wish me luck!

#SGU: Defence

I find it really annoying that so many people have verbally attacked and bad-mouthed the cast and crew of Stargate Universe over the content of the show to date.

We have seen 2 sex scenes so far, in 6 episodes which I’m sure is less than other shows on TV at the moment in the US or the UK. We all know the stories of the cancellations and the rushed finales of SG1 & SGA, but now we have aStargate offering with a fresh outlook and a different setting, any parallels between previous Sci-Fi ventures need to made very carefully because this isn’t Star Trek Voyager, it is too gritty and too human-centric for that, it is not a rehash of Battlestar Galactica because they are NOT in control of the spaceship they are on and there exists a rich history of technology and mythology that has become the foundation of Stargate Universe and what we have is the Stargate Universe in it’s literal RAW state. Technology older than seen before, situations more dire and needs more immediate than presented before.

This is a volume of Stargate wherein the story is told by characters through dialog and expression, rather than explosions and brute force or deciding the fate of millions at the toss of a coin or whimsical fancy. Stargate Universe is about survival, it is about turning the tables on the whole Military Superiority Complex and suggesting that brains over braun is needed if they’re ever going to get home.

 

Trolls will always be trolls, and that is why the fans of the show must be LOUDER and more prominent than the nay-sayers and inconsiderate few who would ruin it for the rest of us…But, we can’t have THAT now CAN we?

Stargate…

…I remember walking into the cinema with my dad about a minute or so after the film had actually started and seeing the locals pulling the stargate out of the ground. I sat, I watched, I became a fan.

The mythological idea behind the Stargate movie was amazing for me and I think I was 13 at the time. Pyramids as landing sites? Egyptian gods really aliens? Wormhole travel though a funky looking orifice? (Sure, they called it that, once, in the series) I was hooked from the beginning and longed for the day someone announced a sequel or a series or something!

When they finally announced the series, I must have been doing something else because I was late on the scene. But once I got into it I was again, hooked. Don’t get me wrong, it took me a while to get used to MacGuyver (I used to watch too) playing O’Neil but it happened and I settled down to continue the saga, for 10 years! When I moved away from home I missed a lot of Atlantis but I also caught up thanks to daily repeats on cable TV.

For me, it was the wide-eyed wonder of Daniel Jackson that took me along for the ride-along through the gate and his pleading for a diplomatic solution before just shooting everyone that kept me into the show beyond the new cultures they’d encounter. I love how they wove the old gods together and through the show linking technology and history to the Ancients.

Admittedly, there were perhaps too many ‘alternate timlines’ or ‘parallell universe’ episodes for comfort but on the same token they did each have their own unique eye-twinkles. It is a show that has managed to be a franchise surviving various setbacks or threats to its longevity but here it is, still, in it’s third series, Stargate Universe.

I’m enjoying it alot. I think like a lot of people “Light” is my favourite episode. Something else I like is the way the civillian vs military struggle is going, because unlike SG1 and Atlantis, I think the sturggle is more about the military being out of their depth this time because it takes alot of knowledge of Ancients to get through these challenges and so the soldiers and colonel Young seem to hanging on to their powerbase out of tradition rather than qualification. It will be interesting tracking that theory; can’t wait for the next show!

Serious…

…With only 38 days left to go, that is how things have become rather quickly during the lead up to our wedding. Quite a few admin based housekeeping things I need to do before the big day and the honeymoon. I won’t lie to you, there are things I could have done sooner, but when you’re in the thick of a situation like this, with let’s face it, as much uncertainty as we have (in regard to both housing and enployment) are facing, well the stress does tend to sneak in the back door and floor you.

But things are happening, maybe the slow pace they’re happening to teach us to be patient, and if so, I am in class, ready to learn but sure it will be unsettling until I see the result of the equation. In addition to my own conclusions, the good old book would have me endowed with a good deal more discipline to prioritise these last few tasks. So what I think I’ll do is create a slight accountablility and list what I need to do.

  1. Travel related tasks
    • One for me
    • One for her
  2. Career related tasks
    • Negotiate out hours & fees
    • Create training programme and define methods
  3. Accommodation related tasks
    • Arrange viewings
    • Find a suitable house/apartment and move in
  4. Have fun getting married and going on holiday

So, I shall strikethrough the tasks I’ve done in edits as and when.

Accompanying song for this post:
“Big Time Dare” by Bobby Martini (it’s a mashup of Gorillaz vs Peter Gabriel)

Engagement…

…I am about to be a married man. To be more precise, in 39 days. It has been an very character building year considering that about a month after my lady and I got engaged, the recession hit and things started looking pretty bad for people foolish enough to fall in love and commit to each other but we did it anyway and we not shifted the agreed date once.

We have given ourselves one year from the engagement date (4/12/2008), and all our planning has been done, and has to be done prior to the 4th of December this year, because the next day, we’ll be saying “I do” among other things like “What the heck are we going to do with 12 bread makers!?”

But what I have realised lately is how much growing up it has made us both tackle, both emotionally and mentally, dealing with each other and dealing with our past experiences and confronting the challenges ahead. For instance, right now, we don’t have feesible permanent jobs or a place to live, which is a little stressful as you might imagine. The stress shows up sometimes in conversation, and lately it’s shown up physically, but we will not give in to it because we know we are meant to be together and there is no point in delaying that from happening.

During my engagement, I have had people say things to me like “You’re mad, I thought you had more sense than that!” or “You know there’s no financial incentive to get married don’t you?” and to be honest, that’s very sad. My lady and I have waited -she more patiently than I- a long time for the right person and for a while I gave up that search but now we have met each other, we cannot wait anymore than these last 39 days that’s for sure.

Love is…
…and will be.

Accompanying song for this post:
“Are you in?” by Incubus