While “green IT” is in everbody’s mouth, often manufacturers do not act according to it.
After a colleague had fixed my DVD player some time ago with a part worth 0,05 EUR, now my HP printer refused working with an “ink system failure”.
There is a FAQ on the HP site about that error, but if it fails the printer would have to be maintained by HP.
Well, due to being a few days older than 2 years, that equals total wreckage. D’oh!
But now I found a website specific to printer problems: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com
Guess what: It worked and the printer returned to life now!
Installing GNU/Linux on fresh hardware can be challenging. I bought a Medion akoya 10" netbook (MSI Wind U100 platform).
Since then I wanted to install my used distribution, Debian GNU/Linux. After trying the lenny installers, at first I wasn’t able to get to it. Kernel 2.6.24 did not support the network card but instead broke the boot process so, after install, I did not have any drives.
I reported this install failure and got help so I was able to install a newer, working, kernel.
Thanks to the Debian installer team!
My old printer (multifunction) had to be replaced. I choose an HP one.
Why? Because you can just plug it into your PC and use the Free Software hplip to print most often perfectly and use all possibilites of your printer with Free Software.
It even worked Plug’n'Play with sane and CF and SD disks are mounted instantly!