OT: Computer hell

Steve Greenshaw steve at softgreen.co.uk
Mon Nov 6 23:43:48 GMT 2006

Looks good to me.

Frank Shute wrote:
> I've had a terrible time of things with computers over the past couple
> of weeks and I have to get it off my chest.
> First off, my broadband connection just died all of a sudden.
> Rebooting router, changing routers didn't help and after about 5 days
> of desperate efforts to get it going, I tried logging in again and it
> worked!
> My suspicion is the router. It's a crappy Netgear thing (the other one
> is a crappy Linksys thing) that looks like it has been thrown
> together. The firmware is confusing - how the hell is Joe Bloggs
> supposed to work it if I struggle?
> It's stopped doing DHCP now for no reason whatsoever so I've had to
> stuff around with ifconfig and route.
> Curses on Netgear and all there infernal doings!
> Anyway, I remembered that my beloved server was still set up for dial
> up, so changing the monitor, keyboard and mouse over and digging out
> the modem I was in business. This is where I learnt that a dial-up
> connection to the 'net is really no longer adequate nowadays. I had
> 900 emails to pick up and all my regular websites were incredibly slow
> to load. 
> At least I could do a bit of banking and pick up my mail....until my
> server blew up....
> It just froze, so I decided to reboot it. It wouldn't reboot! I
> haven't investigated it but the old server had the most baroque
> boot-up procedure imaginable. I think first it booted into the NT
> bootloader on disk 1, then into grub on an old Linux installation on
> disk 1 and finally the BSD loader on disk 2. I've got a feeling disk 1
> has died.
> Not to worry I thought, that old machine had an uptime of over a year
> and its 4.11 installation was coming to the end of it's life anyway.
> So time to fix up the laptop (300MHz 128MB) as my next server with a
> fresh install of 6.1 on it.
> Fortunately, I had backups on my workstation for my site but it was
> still a PITA to install again from scratch.
> I think it's working but it's giving me a good deal of a hard time
> when it comes to testing it. The php scripts work if I come in using
> the IP address but only some of them work if I use the FQDN (?!) It's
> been driving me nuts all day.
> Would folks be good enough to visit a few of my pages to see whether
> the pages parse? Could you test out:
> http://www.esperance-linux.co.uk/pictures.php
> http://www.esperance-linux.co.uk/spokeDB.html (try a query)
> http://www.esperance-linux.co.uk/misc/UserAgent.php
> http://www.esperance-linux.co.uk/cgi-bin/sunset.pl?town=Boroughbridge
> http://www.esperance-linux.co.uk/phpinfo.php
> Many thanks in advance and thanks for listening to me moaning :)
> PS. If the php pages don't parse, anybody know what the problem is?

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