February 27th, 2009

Apollo 4 on column of fire

A report from the trenches (i.e., from Windows XP)

I have found that the reason I couldn't boot into Windows XP with my USB DVD burner attached is that having it attached turned on "legacy USB support" in the BIOS; disabling that function fixes the problem. I imagine that Windows freezes up at the point where some "legacy" driver would have been invoked, if it were installed.

As for K3B, I removed it from my Gentoo system. It never really worked for me, anyway; it would write the disk and then freeze up at the data-verification stage. It must not do that for everybody, but on the other hand I have worked in a place where our product froze up every time it was used, and it had gone like this for a year or two or three before I became the first person to realize it. So, I don't know, maybe other people just don't notice when they are typing "kill -9 k3b"; maybe it is like sleepwalking. :)

Now to my purpose, which is to Partitition Magic this XP installation to a fraction of its unused size....