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November 22, 2021 at 1:46 pm #71493Memberali z
Hi, I’m Ali.
Thank you, to everyone developed antiX; antiX is the only distro that basically works, and just works very well on my 2005 machine.
The machine was simply dead and I was about to throw it, until I asked here and there if there is a distro that can bring this machine back to work; and I got pointed to antiX which I never heard of.
My main workstation is Debian, Debian is the only distro that I use and never really tried any other distro, so I’m very glad that antiX chose Debian as their base distro; because I know Debian very well and I know where to find things on my system.
At first I downloaded the latest antiX version, which is 21. I tried it as Live and it was great; however, I also tried version 19.4 Live and I found it better in my case, in addition version 19.4 includes more tools than the latest version. (iirc about 5 tools included in 19.4 that I couldn’t find on 21, so I installed version 19.4)
So I just want to say I’m a new fan of antiX, I love it, its based on Debian so I can feel in home, and of course systemd free which is easier to manage when something goes wrong and last but not least it includes bunch of tools that I can really use for my old hardware; though I’m sure more tools for old hardware can be added too.
Last thing I want to say, I tried installing it on one of my family member’s laptop too, a 2008/2009 laptop. On that laptop I tried to install version 21, however there is a very small bug that I found.
It’s nothing serious, it just seem that the kernel isn’t reading the hardware clock nor measuring the clocks per second properly; and that result in fast time stepping which is weird to watch the system clock changes faster than usual.
Seriously, Thank you again for this awesome distro.November 22, 2021 at 3:43 pm #71511ModeratorModdIt::
hi ali z, welcome to antiXia
the system clock changes faster than usual. is the bios battery ok,
meaning not years old. A failing battery can cause all sort of weird symptoms
I always change them unless known done recently.
That is very useful as a corrosion check around the battery holder, if neccesary
cleaning can prevent serious board damage.
Did you try a different kernel.
Please give version of antiX, sysv or runit and hardware info so helpers are not kept guessing.
inxi -FxzNovember 22, 2021 at 3:53 pm #71514ModeratorBrian Masinick::
Make sure that the NTP, Network Time Protocol, is enabled, active, and working properly. That will regularly check and adjust clock drift and inaccurate time.
Brian MasinickNovember 23, 2021 at 2:01 am #71565Memberali z::
Sorry for providing no information, I was a bit in rush.
antiX-21, 64-bit; using old kernel version 4.9.
@ModdIt, yes choosing a different kernel fixes this issue; the newer 5.10 kernel has no issues.
@Brian Masinick, yes syncing time with online servers seem to work fine; but this requires constant internet connection.
So the issue happens using the old kernel shipped with antiX21, 64-bit, I also tried a different distro just to confirm that the problem isn’t with the laptop.November 23, 2021 at 2:10 am #71566ModeratorBrian Masinick::
Regarding a constant connection, yes, the design of NTP does frequently communicate with the configured time servers.
I’ve always been fortunate to have such connectivity. I take it that is a problem in some cases; if so, your clock is not likely to be very accurate unless it’s updated at least a few times during each login. Most computer clocks are not very accurate without a time set it correctly,
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