Friday, June 30, 2006

RIP: Thinkpad hard disk

Sorry for the brief absence. It's the second and last week of my Java training in Cebu, and things were a little more intense than I expected. I had planned on blogging briefly every other day, but the class was quite involved and the network slow.

One other reason, too: my Thinkpad's hard disk decided to go RIP on me.

I was wondering why things seemed to be running a bit slow on my Thinkpad recently. Sure, I had loaded it with Eclipse, Apache, and Tomcat. It was groaning with the load with only a 1.7GHz Celeron processor and 256MB RAM to help it by. But still, it was far slower.

The top output showed that the CPU was spending most of its time in wait. Not a good sign. I decided on a reinstall of Ubuntu and that revealed the source of the problem: the root file system failed to mount properly after booting.

Luckily, I have some friends at IBM Cebu. Doreen confirmed the problem. Now I just have to check on whether I still fall within the warranty grace period. Otherwise, I might have to spend P3,500 for a new notebook hard disk. Ouch!