[Ubuntu PA] NTR Laptop Project: meet at laptop room on Mar 29th, noon

Kevin Valentine kevin.valentine at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 03:06:44 BST 2008

Had to drop my wife off in Philly today because she missed the train. 
Since I was in the area, I stopped off at NTR and hammered out 3 more
laptops in a couple of hours.  So make that 21 that are ready for
testing.  We're running out of space and I need to get another cubby for
the finished laptops :-D

I'm going to update the wiki to define what "testing" really is.  Here
are some ideas:
 * does it have it's own power supply and is the voltage matched?
 * does the hard drive have its appropriate caddy?
 * when you first power on, does the grub splash image display properly?
 * when you boot to the desktop, is the resolution set correctly?
 * can the laptop be booted successfully times?
 * does the USB port function?  test with a mouse or thumb drive
 * does audio work?  test by playing an mp3 through xmms
 * can it connect to a LAN?  test with a pcmcia NIC
 * if there's a CD ROM drive, verify that it works.
 * abiword and gnumeric have been added as mydsl applications.  for some
of the slower/older (133MHz) laptops, mounting these apps adds too much
time to the boot duration.  determine if they should be moved from the
"mydsl" folder to the "mydsl/optional" folder to increase boot speed.
 * if you see "standby" or "sleep" hotkeys, verify that advanced power
management (APM) works.  you may have to set "acpi=off apm=on" at the
grub boot prompt

Can anyone think of anymore?  Let me know and I'll add it to the list.


Kevin Valentine wrote:
> Yes, I had the wrong date in the subject line earlier.  Even though
> there were only 3 of us (me, Randy, Norman) today, we got a lot done. 
> Here's my short status report:
>   * there are now 18 laptop completed and ready for testing
>   * 18 laptops set aside to receive imaged drives
>   * 15 hard drives have DSL images now
>   * 16 Dells of the same model need to be repaired to make 8 good ones
>   * all laptop power supplies sorted and placed in labeled crates
>   * laptops that don't have USB port(s) have been removed from our
> refurb queue
> At this point I believe we've found all the laptops that are worth
> salvaging.  In the end we may have 35-40 laptops for the NTR thrift
> store.  I read something recently that said a reused PC uses 20 times
> less fossil fuels than a recycled PC.  I need to dig that reference up
> again...  I'd also like to get some more hard numbers about reusing vs.
> recycling.  Any of you ever see anything like that?
> -kevin
> Kevin Valentine wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> What: Laptop Refurbishing Meeting/Workshop
>> Where: NTR (ntronline.org) in the laptop room
>> When: March 29th, noon
>> OK, it's not exactly the 4th Saturday of the month.  I thought Easter
>> might throw off people's volunteer time.  It's also a few days shy of
>> the 2 weeks notice I like to give.  I'm working on it! ;-)
>> We're up to 12 laptops with Linux installed now.  Hoping to get to 20
>> before or by the 29th.  For those of you holding out, Ubuntu desktop
>> installations should be coming soon.  Can't make any promises yet.
>> For those of you that can't make it but still want to play with 10+ year
>> old laptops running a modern OS, please contact me.  We still need
>> people to test and configure the laptops once Linux is installed.
>> As usual ... for any of you newcomers, check out the wiki page for more
>> details:
>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PennsylvaniaTeam/CommunityOutreachTeam/NtrLaptopProject
>> -kevin

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