Because I hate myself or something, I got out my windows/linux laptop and upgraded it from “Edgy Eft” to “Feisty Fawn.”  X11 stopped working. Great.  Whatever.

I decided to give it the old “reinstall.”  See how the Feisty installer works.  Welllll…. I had some adventures there.  Always a challenge to get linux going on some wacky old laptop, you know?  I redid things that worked before and they worked again.  (Note to self: the secret code to tell it to use 1280×768 resolution in /boot/grub/menu.lst is ‘vga=797’.)

The thing that amazed me though is that I still had to do this to get sound working.   Was it only a year ago that I was messing with that?  It seems like forever.