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Jan
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comment Which malfunctions cause old computers to slow down and crash?
@Daniel: There are other types of capacitors which don't share all the failure modes of the electrolytic variety. So why do people use electrolytic ones at all: cost and availability---electrolytics are cheap, compact in the few millifarad to few farad range, and easy to get. I have no idea how much of an increment to expect.
Jan
6
comment Which malfunctions cause old computers to slow down and crash?
@Daniel: It should help.
Jan
6
comment Which malfunctions cause old computers to slow down and crash?
@petrus: That's my second link...
Jan
6
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Jan
6
comment Which malfunctions cause old computers to slow down and crash?
Related: Why does hardware get slower with time?.
Jan
5
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Jan
5
comment Ubuntu terminal characters required in Makefiles
I've had one more brain-storm: if you have unpacked onto a windows-native filesystem I'd look to see it tar or the filesystem might be diddling the line-endings for you. After that I'm stuck. The INSTALL file has a lot of advice further down, but it does require that you can guess at what's going wrong in the first place. Finally, do you have a non-VM environment you could try this in just for comparison?
Jan
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Jan
5
comment Ubuntu terminal characters required in Makefiles
That pretty much shoots all my good ideas down, unless ./configure has missed something important.
Jan
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Jan
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answered Ubuntu terminal characters required in Makefiles
Jan
5
comment Can computers be linked to work together?
So called "close-coupled clusters", of which Beowolf was the earliest example do function as a single, multiple CPU computer. Certainly the usual overheads apply, but they are distinct from the more common loosely couple clusters.
Jan
5
comment How to UNDO in Bash?
In addition to "Here's a nickle, kid. Get yourself a better computer." old unix programers and admins like to say "You recover from your backup. You do have a backup don't you?". Though in this case it is only the original contents of the sub-directory that are likely to be lost.
Jan
5
comment MacOS: How to “cd” into a symlink?
Well, you can create them...they just don't work.
Jan
5
answered Which malfunctions cause old computers to slow down and crash?
Dec
30
comment Trying to start a GUI process on a second machine
The machine on which the program is going to be displayed must be running a X server (note that startx and similar scripts start the "server" in the X notation---the program that makes the screen available to "client"s like xclock, xeyes and so on). The machine where the code runs need not be running a X server. Finally, ave you checked that you have X forwarding enabled in ssh?
Dec
30
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Dec
30
comment Trying to start a GUI process on a second machine
Right now I am unclear on what programs are running on which machines; what hardware is connected to each machine; and what shells are running (directly or by ssh) on which machines. So the advice below is necessarily general. If you want better advice you'll have to be very specific. Try listing the machines by name and purpose and telling us what shell you open on which machines.
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answered Trying to start a GUI process on a second machine