The All-Thing

All carrot and no stick, since ought-three.

送杜少府之任蜀州 (王勃)

城闕輔三秦,風煙望五津。
與君離別意,同是宦遊人。
海內存知己,天涯若比鄰。
無為在岐路,兒女共沾巾。

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Fri, 21 Nov 2003

Gateway ECDT

It turns out that the ACPI support on the Gateway laptop is all fux0red under Linux because Gateway ships these machines with a fux0red BIOS. Of course, they also ship compensating Windows drivers, effectively rendering the power-management, battery monitoring, etc. capabilities of the machine Windows-only. Thanks guys.

Specifically, the BIOS lacks an ECDT, so parsing the DSDT during ACPI setup time dies violently as there's no way to access the embedded controller region. I have been hax0ring the kernel trying to fake an ECDT but without too much success: I have (what I believe to be) a fake ECDT that I plug in, but the kernel rejects it with:

 tbget-0292: * Info: Table [ECDT] replaced by host OS
tbrsdt-0227: * Error: Invalid signature where RSDP indicates RSDT/XSDT should be located

which I really understand. And unfortunately the acpi-devel list is only sporadically useful—though I can't say I blame them, as this is a hardware issue.

But it sure would be awfully nice to be able to see how much battery juice was remaining....

Posted at 22:37 | /computing | (leave a comment) | permalink

Japanese

Well well. Various pressures that have been brewing for several years now have come to a head (really, I am not trying to make some kind of strained (ack!) sexual metaphor here) and I have begun studying Japanese.

I'm on day two and it's still fun. That's a good sign. Usually if something lasts till day two with me, it will last a while.

I suspect Japanese will be a little easier for me than for most, as I've already been exposed fairly extensively to the sound of the language, and already have more kanji than you can shake a stick at under my belt. But we shall see how day three goes.

The nice thing about having no real friends is that I can hold a full-time job, study Chinese, Japanese, and bluegrass fiddle, and still have time left over to drink (by myself, obviously) and play Xbox all weekend long.

Posted at 22:25 | /misc | 2 comments | permalink


   

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