2014-08-20

Level of frustration has reached 'critical'...

Yep, the level of my frustration has risen to where I am about to bang the keyboard...

First off, last night the display adapter in my main PC decided to go on strike. I got a "drm:drm_edid_block_valid - ERROR EDID checksum is invalid." After looking into this PC with a torch, I decided that it was time for a blow out of all the crud/fluff/dust. 

When I returned to the study with a clean PC, I switched it on without plugging in the keyboard. Much to my surprise the PC would ignore me. Bah. On/off button works. So the PC shuts down. Switching on still gave me no display. What have I forgotten now? Shutdown and unplugged. Waited for led to go out and took out the display card. Plugged in the panel display into the motherboard VGA connector. Switched on and booted into lubuntu in a few seconds. 

Shut down again and unplugged. Checked the display card for damage. None found. Thankfully this display card has a large heat sink and no fan. Fans do not last around here. Replaced it in the PC. Replugged the VGA cable into the card. Switched on and was amazed to see it go into lubuntu!

Did the PC just want some attention like the cat?

Searching for the error message and reason, I did not find out what EDID is or what use it is. So I am going to research this on Wikipedia and post an explanation later.

Outlook Expressed

So now I am using lubuntu on a daily basis. My email client for both the main work email and the ISP's email is Thunderbird. I still need to transfer my emails from the XP side of the PC. This is useful for records and searching for emails written and filed away. This 'task' is easy in Windwoes, or so I thought. Another Google search and I found 'dbxconv' and/or 'dbx2mbox', mentioned on a blog. Trying the links produced paged stating in German and English that these domains are available for a price...

This is another can of worms. I noticed again that the proviso stated on some of the SourceForge pages that the software may not work on later versions of Microsoft email software. Yes they changed it when they went Windwoes 7. Windows Mail is NOT the same as Outlook Express. It won't even upgrade you.

So now I have to decide how I am going to get my emails from XP to Thunderbird lubuntu. The ISP's emails were in Thunderbird. That was easy. Just transfer the profile and files. But OE is an 'issue'.

More on this later...

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