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Insane, bazaar Windows Video Driver clash with 'svn ci'

From: JP Vossen <jp_at_jpsdomain.org>
Date: 2005-01-15 06:17:20 CET

I was going to post this into Bugzilla but as directed by the great issue
tracker front page, here it is for the list instead. :-)

This is for reference only, in the hope of saving someone else some time,
so the list archives might be sufficient. If not, please reply to me
directly as I'm not a list member.

My XP2 Pro workstation recently crashed and when I rebooted I was stupid
enough to run Windows Update on it. (Damned if you do and damned if you
don't.) I compounded my initial stupidity by installing an updated video
driver. BIG mistake. Not only did that remove the odd resolution option
I find most comfortable, but it caused the Windows SVN (1.1.1) to HARD
LOCK the system to the point I had to pull the plug, each and every time I
did an 'svn ci.' How insane and bazaar is it that a video driver
"upgrade" could cause such a thing?

Using XP system check points to revert to 1 and 2 days ago failed to cure
the problem, naturally. Finally after 12 hours of messing around (it
can't possible be the video driver!) I was able to find and reinstall the
original driver, at which point everything Just Worked again. Mind
boggling.

'svn (up|st|log)' all worked fine. TortoiseSVN commits worked fine too!
I suspect there may have been an interaction when SVN tried to open
Notepad (SVN_EDITOR=notepad) for my commit log entry, but that didn't
occur to me until after I fixed it so I didn't test for that using -m or
something other than Notepad.

As an aside, I recently finished my CVS-->SVN and RCS-->CVS-->SVN
conversions. Somewhat painful, which had more to do with previous RCS
related work habits and doing a cvs2svn full conversion than anything
else. But generally cvs2svn worked great, and SVN, TortoiseSVN and the
book are awesome!

Specific configuration issues related to the Video Driver clash below,
just in case they are ever useful.

PC: Dell Optiplex GX260, P4
Video card: built-in Intel 82845G
OS: Windows XP Pro SP2, all patches as of 2005-01-10
Driver that works: Dell-12-XPA06.EXE
        * Production Version Release
        * Intel(R) Extreme Graphics Driver
        * Microsoft Windows 2000
        * Microsoft Windows XP
        * Driver Revision: 6.13.01.3442
        * Package: 15569
        * 12.0.1 Production Version
        * January 30, 2003

Later,
JP
----------------------------|:::======|-------------------------------
JP Vossen, CISSP |:::======| jp{at}jpsdomain{dot}org
My Account, My Opinions |=========| http://www.jpsdomain.org/
----------------------------|=========|-------------------------------
You used to have to reboot the Windows 9.x series every couple of days
because it would crash. Now you have to reboot Windows 200x or XP
every month on 'Patch Tuesday.' How is that better or more stable?

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