September 21st, 2003

classic beard


A laptop that screenblanks doesn't make a very good alarm clock, now does it. It isn't X blanking (or dpms), nor linux console blanking - turns out the BIOS (which is still password-locked) has some kind of blanking as well. Fortunately, I remembered a trick from one of my old 486 laptops - blinking the keyboard LEDs is sufficient to fool the BIOS into thinking the keyboard is in use! Debian 3.0 has at least 4 programs to do this, even. "bl" won as nice and simple.

Also dropped in a 2.4 kernel; next step is to get sound working, so a certain someone can log in and play wakeup messages at me :-)
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