I sent you an e-mail about being available starting Sunday.
I'm reasonably confident I can do this (I'm comfortable with terminal,
and I'm hoping the Xorg.0.log file will tell all; it probably will). To
do the job, I might need an Internet connection for reference (or not.
Sometimes, man pages do fine).
Based on what others on this list have said, there's two options for
fixing your laptop:
1) Repair X
2) Back-up everything and install Xubuntu, Slackware, Debian, or
whatever distribution you'd prefer (the latter two are my favorites).
I'd start with the first option, which could be more time-consuming, but
you wouldn't have to re-install everything. If the first option doesn't
work, I'd do the second.
To do the job, I'd use my handy-dandy Slackware installation/rescue USB
stick to access your computer's hard drive, a portable hard drive for
laptop to read references, an Ethernet cable if you don't
have a wireless Internet connection, and blank DVDs in case my hard
drive gets full (my laptop has a functioning DVD burner) -- i.e., if you
have more than 200G of files on your computer.
You'd pay me however much you want, or you could just say "thank you"
and pay nothing monetarily at all.
On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 06:01:19AM -0700, Dr. Denny Scronek wrote:
> Hello Brian. Thank you for the note. Let me tell you about my
> frustrations over the last week. First of all, I have a bad back and
> the idea of driving "somewhere" with my laptop and waiting around for
> the repair is not as attractive as someone coming to my place. Would
> save me a ton of genuine pain. The guy who was to repair my beast was
> suppose to come over on Monday
(last week) and he completely blew me
> off without telling me. He did arrive on Tues. but stated that my
> internal CD/DVD burner was on the fritz and he didn't have a portable
> plug-in with him ... he would be back the next day ... which he again
> blew off. That is essentially my frustration ... people being flaky. My
> deal with him was for $85.00/hr. and he did't think it would take more
> than an hour but no guarantees; see how it goes. Anybody want to try a
> similar offer? If not I'm off to the Windows guy and I cross my
> fingers. Plus, I have to take my beast to him. My back will love that.
> So once again, anyone with genuine confidence in what they're doing?
> Not looking for miracles, just for competence and punctuality. The only
guarantee I currently have is that I have a $1400. piece of useless
> equipment holding up a research project I want to get going. What fun.
> --- On Mon, 6/13/11, Brian Lavender <email@example.com
> From: Brian Lavender <firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [vox-tech] (no subject)
> To: "lugod's technical discussion forum" <email@example.com
> Date: Monday, June 13, 2011, 6:40 PM
> Dr. Scronek,
suggest using Ubuntu on a stick. Boot with it. Copy your
> data to an external drive. Run the "Install Ubuntu and wipe
> it clean!" Start fresh.
> Every consulting gig comes not only with potential for profit,
> but also the risk of liability. We don't really know how bad
> your system is, so I would say that anyone who agrees on a fixed
> price may be in for more work that he initially bargained for,
> considering that you are tired of fixing the problem and you may
> have foobar'ed your system beyond wizard fixes.
> On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 12:03:43PM -0700, Dr. Denny Scronek wrote:
> > Hi Linux folks. Remember me ... the guy with the ubuntu
> > loop problem? I still have the same problem and I'm not further
> > in solving it because the guy who was supposed to do this PAYING
> > was a complete flake. Fortunately all I lost was time so. This is
> > I am looking for:
> > 1. A human being who will step up to the plate and fix my beast.
> > 2. I live near Sac State. Come to my place, do your magic to my
> > satisfation, get paid by an agreed amount, I say "Thank You", and
> > 3. I DO NOT WANT ANY MORE ADVICE ON FIXING IT MYSELF!! I'm trying
> > avoid taking my beast to a computer store to be worked on by a
> > person.
> > WHO WANTS TO MAKE SOME MONEY? STEP UP!
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> "There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to
> make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the
> way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious
> Professor C. A. R. Hoare
> The 1980 Turing award lecture
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