Luck Follow-up

Volume 6, Issue 103; 02 Nov 2003

Can I swap in my aux memory now, please?

All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike.

Marcus Aurelius

There’s a funny follow-up to my tale of luck. After I got the machine back to a mostly working state, I discovered that the PCMCIA cards were still not working. I got warnings like this:

Socket 0:
cs: warning: no high memory space available!
cs: unable to map card memory!
Socket 1:
cs: unable to map card memory!
Socket 2:
cs: unable to map card memory! 

That’s bad luck to be sure. Now, hardware isn’t my strongest suit and I had dropped the machine badly enough to wreck the hard disk. I’d just about convinced myself (and Deb!) that I’d simply done more damage to the machine than I realized: it was going to have to be replaced.

I have a hankering for one of those spiffy Apple laptops, so there was some temptation to give in to this line of thinking.

But, I thought, in fairness, I should give Google a try. So off I went.

Lo and behold, it turns out that some joker named “Norman Walsh” had this exact problem last May. The fact that I had no conscious recollection of this problem came as a bigger surprise than the fact that the suggested resolution was just as successful this time as last time.

I am now officially cybernetic: Google has a better memory than I do.