kaberett: Photo of a cassowary with head tilted to one side (cassowary)
is there a current way to get it to disgorge a list of all the tags you've ever used? I'm running searches but not managing to turn up anything relevant to the current site layout.
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
I remembered from last time that several of these points were trivial to resolve but I didn't remember how they were trivial to resolve and my wry comments didn't actually include details. ERGO.

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kaberett: Chibi Zuko stands on a tiny rock dinosaur spouting water (zuko-dinosaur)
1. I got home to a letter from the DWP informing me that I need to apply for PIP. This at least answers the question about whether I tell them that my hips have started dislocating on the regular.

2. I just did a round of upgrades on my laptop, and also installed Google Chrome for troubleshooting purposes, and I know it's probably the fault of the former not the latter but nonetheless "[FAILED] Failed to mount /boot/efi" is not a good error message and I have been travelling for six hours today so I am doing nothing more with it right now.

* FSVO

e: aaaaaand problem solved. (It was actually a two-parter -- to get as far as booting again I had to do dpkg --configure -a, following which there were desktop environment problems that were fixed by the above. Reinstalling lightdm and mate by themselves didn't do it.)

Bored now.

Jul. 16th, 2015 11:30 pm
kaberett: Chibi Zuko stands on a tiny rock dinosaur spouting water (zuko-dinosaur)
Any advice on getting actual bootable install media for Debian, for 64-bit hardware with UEFI? In particular I've ended up with a Toshiba Portege via the magic of Student Finance England, and getting the sodding thing to dual-boot Windows 8.1 with anything useful is proving Rather More Challenging Than Usual.
  • I've definitely got boot priorities set up right (though why the hell this machine is offering me the opportunity to boot from floppy I'm not sure)
  • I've disabled secure boot (and even bloody tried with onboard LAN disabled via BIOS, which bits of the internet suggested might help but didn't)
  • attempts to boot from flash drives with Debian images on gives me a second or so of a black screen with a white underscore in the top left per cursor, after which I'm dumped back to the Toshiba startup screen and boot into Windows
  • I've triple-checked I've got 64-bit images; I'm not using UNetbootin because it doesn't play nice with UEFI at least some of the time; I've tried both stable & testing, and I've also tried a couple of Ubuntu images with similar results
  • I've tried all the USB ports, yes, all of them
  • I can't just wipe the Windows partition; there's software on here I want/need to be able to use that's Windows-only.

Most of the reports of similar issues I'm finding online at least manage to get as far as GRUB. Thoughts?
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
Insight would be appreciated but mostly I'm writing this down this time so's I have it when I come back to this after the weekend. ;)

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kaberett: Chibi Zuko stands on a tiny rock dinosaur spouting water (zuko-dinosaur)
So! My netbook is running Debian. It is fine with domestic wifi; it is fine with non-domestic wifi that's password-protected; it seems to break horribly when attempting to connect to public wireless networks that require you to load a page in a web browser and agree to T&C before finalising the connection. (The box is dual-boot with Win7; this isn't a problem there). It can see the network and attempt to connect; the applet does the one green light for "I can see it and am talking to it", then the two green lights for "and it is talking back", and then sits and spins before eventually giving up. Attempting to load things in browsers (mostly Iceweasel but I've also checked with Epiphany) at this point Does Not Work; in theory I suspect the network is trying but failing to redirect me to the do-you-agree page.

I am failing to come up with appropriate search strings to find existing solutions to this (though I'm sure there must be some); I'm also not braining well enough to actually do proper command-line diagnostics (and am in any case not anywhere near any appropriate networks atm). Any thoughts much appreciated.

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