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When a memory module failed

Saturday, 30th June 2007 6:27pm
Last weekend I had one of the most annoying problems with my machine and it took me a while to figure out what the problem was.

In Windows the first thing that fell away was the daily AVG Anti-virus update. Every time it tried to update it would say that the file was corrupt. I just thought that maybe the file was corrupt for real but then when I tried to install new applications on the machine most of them wouldn't install and one of files would be deemed to be corrupt.

The moment I realised that it was a hardware problem was when I logged on to Ubuntu and there were a series of problems with and Konquerer giving error after error.

The drama continued when I tried to log on to Windows and I got this error message:

The procedure entry point GetTimeFormatA could not be located in the dynamic link library kernel32.dll

and I wouldn't be able to log on to my normal Windows login but I could log on to safe mode though.

It is at that point that I decided to run some hardware tests and to start with I decided to run a memory diagnostic test. I used the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool and it quickly showed me that there were problems with one of my two memory modules.

On replacing the faulty memory module, everything was back to normal and AVG Anti-virus updated as normal and all application installations proceeded as normal.

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Category: Hardware | Comments : 0

The issue of section .ztext

Monday, 25th June 2007 8:19pm
Its a bit annoying when I get an error message and then when I try to search and find the solution then realise that it doesn't seem to be a common problem at all because the search simply doesn't return any meaningful results on the four major search engines.

This happened to me with my VMware machines installed on Ubuntu. I got the error:

Unexpected error loading section .ztext

when I tried to start the virtual machines, one XP and the other Ubuntu.

As these virtual machines are just for testing, what I will have to do anywhere is re-install the virtual missions and for Ubuntu at long last I will be be able to install Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) and test it out.

In the meantime I will keep on checking to see if somebody else managed to resolve the problem.

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Category: Ubuntu | Comments : 0

Trying out Windows Safari

Thursday, 14th June 2007 1:47pm
Last night I downloaded Safari 3 public beta for Windows just to give it a try and see how it performs in Windows XP.

To me the best thing about Safari being available on Windows is that I no longer need to run around looking for a Mac to test how a new web application or site runs under Safari. Before I either had to completely ignore Safari which is not a very good idea or use a friend's Mac but now with this Windows version that's a step in the right direction.

Having said that, I will be sticking to Firefox and Safari will just be a test platform. Initial very quick tests showed no problems although I couldn't prove the claim that its very fast. This is only a beta version and there could be some errors here and there but so far so good.

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Category: Browsers | Comments : 2