[BALUG-Talk] operation appears to have been a success: hardware issues

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu
Sun Oct 29 06:48:53 PDT 2017

Ah, and appears the operation has been quite successful ...
the "patient" got a body transplant, and is doing much better
now.  Essentially brain of patient (~150 GB SSD) was successfully
transplanted out of ailing body (Zareason Strata 6880) into
apparently good healthy donor body (Dell P10E001 Precision M6600).
Also completed successful live migration of the balug VM back from
physical host "vicki" ... which nominally resides under the brain
of the patient, but was live-migrated away to "vicki" while the
patient's brain was in suspended animation for a while during
the patient's operation.  More later, but thus far all looking
quite well.  :-)  Also, before the operation, the donor body
was well prepped, with a BIOS upgrade - notably covering some
critical Intel vulnerabilities, and had been reasonably tested
to apparently be suitably healthy donor.  Some slight adjustments
to /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules were made to squash
any transplant rejection symptoms, and all is looking quite well.

> From: "Michael Paoli" <Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu>
> To: "Rick Moen" <rick@linuxmafia.com>
> Cc: BALUG-Admin <balug-admin@lists.balug.org>
> Subject: Re: [BALUG-Admin] (forw) [Bug 1707447] Re: Roster should  
> not lowercase addresses
> Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:34:36 -0700

> In the meantime ... I've also got some hardware issues pestering
> me :-/ ... my primary personal laptop ... alas, my last response I
> got from Zareason was essentially it's "too old" for them to get
> parts (and it's not *all* that old) ... and also one significant
> part of the (potential) repair ... well, if part can no longer
> be had (GPU/video integrated onto mainboard) - that's effectively
> irreparable - even if part was available, it's not economically
> feasible.  The *first* mainboard failed with GPU failure not long
> after the 1 year warranty (at least I think it was before the 2 year
> mark).  I'm not sinkin' that kind'a money into it yet again if that
> manufacturer's (it's an Intel OEM laptop) hardware - or at least for
> that particular mainboard and compoenents thereupon, is that unreliable.
> At the *moment* the video is working, ... but often when the laptop is
> rebooted or powered up ... the video doesn't work (can only
> barely/marginally make out / guess what's on the screen when it's
> flaking out ... and not OS or the like - the problem even applies to
> BIOS screens).  So ... that issue bit me again this morning, and took
> until many reboots this evening before the video is displaying again
> properly ... for now.  Not to mention ... keyboard ... both "N" and "O"
> keys failed ... and that's 2nd keyboard on the laptop ... using external
> USB keyboard on it now.  But I did pick up for excellent price
> (free, "miracle of the free curbside giveaway") a Dell P10E ... which
> as far as I've seen thus far (still need to check it out further) appears
> to be fine, and is a good approximate replacement (even better in several
> ways - includes eSATA, 4 USB ports (1 more than existing laptop), supports
> two internal regular laptop SATA drives (spinning rust and/or SSD) ...
> anyway, I'll probably cover more of that else-thread (and/or else-list)
> in fairly near future ... but if that hardware checks out good, I'm
> exceedingly inclined to move over to that laptop.
> But I digress (ah, topic drift) ...

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