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Windows is the problem

2005-02-25 11:56:46.052256+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Requisite Microsoft[Wiki] bashing for the day: Rafe reports the joys of putting a 200 gig drive in a Windows XP machine:

Update: It's always a relief to know that I can blame Microsoft for my problems. I booted up the computer using a Knoppix CD, and fdisk -l indicated that the computer knows it has a 200 gig hard drive installed. Windows is the problem.

And on that front, look for some big announcements here on the job front. One of the reasons I'm posting on Flutterby at 3:54 A.M local is that I'm awake and my mind is churning. But one of the side effects of all of this is that I may end up on the Mac[Wiki] side soon.

[ related topics: Humor Microsoft moron Macintosh ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2005-02-25 13:02:18.054715+00 by: meuon

The good side of the force is acquiring a great Jedi.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-02-25 21:37:15.055651+00 by: igor' [edit history]

Dan, it would be great to hear your thoughts after you try OS X. Debian? whats Debian?

#Comment Re: made: 2005-02-25 22:08:03.450528+00 by: Dan Lyke

Given that several of the people I know who love OS X have set it up to handle apt, I kind of doubt I'll be running from Debian[Wiki] any time soon.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-02-26 03:04:08.531131+00 by: markd

That would be really cool. then I can start contributing to some of the software you're working on, since all I program on is Macs these days.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-02-27 17:37:27.830823+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

Not that it frees Windows from blame, but this might be more of a bios issue.

I currently have a machine where the bios doesn't recognize the hard drive at all, due to its large size. While setting up the box, I was surpised to find that while Windows agreed the drive wasn't there Linux had no trouble finding it - and in the correct capacity.

Somebody told me this is because Linux doesn't blindly trust the bios (like Windows does) and actually checks for drives itself.

#Comment There was one known bios bug made: 2005-02-27 19:21:36.177889+00 by: baylink

wherein if you attached an IDE drive larger than 33.8GB, the machine would lock up tight on boot. It was apparently much more limited than was first thought, thank ghod.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-02-28 15:24:32.529856+00 by: Shawn

I'm not sure I understand your comment, baylink. Was it in reference to my post? The drive in question is, in fact, 40G and is still happily chugging away after a year.