nx9040 sound card

February 18, 2005

I am using Fedora Core -3 as my Linux distribution for my Companq nx9040 laptop.

Sometimes, the sound card [ Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC’97 Audio Controller ] freaks out with following messages —
codec_write 0: semaphore is not ready for register 0x2
codec_write 0: semaphore is not ready for register 0x2

This can be fixed by removing and reinserting the snd_intel8x0 module.
#modprobe -r snd_intel8x0
#modprobe snd_intel8x0

that’s it …

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Xemacs with XFT WHAW!!

February 16, 2005

Finally I got my favorite XEmacs working with XFT support in Linux. Actually, it is quite simple to do.

1. Download xemacs-21.5.18.tar.gz from your nearest XEmacs mirror.
2. Get the XEmacs xft patch from Eric Knauel’s site xft-xemacs-11172004.patch
3. Apply the patch on the code of xemacs-21.5.18.tar.gz
4. Compile the patched code
#autoconf-2.13
#./configure –prefix=/usr/local/xemacs –with-gtk –with-x11 –with-toolbars=no –with-sound=no –with-xim=xlib –with-png –with-xft –error-checking=none
#make
#make install
It should get compiled cleanly. [ In my Fedora Core Rawhide based Linux system, it got compiled without any problem.
5. Run your XEmacs and enjoy XFT based smooth fonts 🙂
#/usr/local/xemacs/bin/xemacs

Following is the screenshot of XEmacs+XFT running in my Linux Laptop ..

Oh! Don’t forget to say Thanks to the XEmacs Developers, Matthias and Eric.

Quake Rattles Tokyo

February 16, 2005

A strong earthquake rattled the Tokyo area early morning today [16th Feb 2005]. The magnitude-5.4 quake struck at 4:46 a.m. and was centered in southern Ibaraki prefecture, just north of the Tokyo. There were no immediate report of casualty and damage of property.

It was early morning, we (me and Soma) were in deep sleep when quake got started. It was scary as our wooden house jittered with loud sound. The quake lasted for a min [dont blame me if I have counted wrong … I was just out of deep sleep].