Topic: Computer crashes

1-5. Mid Pacific to Heading South

Feb 17, 2005 - 0141hrs UTC

0141hrs 17 Feb 2005 UTC 45’35”S 128’63”W Map Ref 67 3816nm

I made a silly mistake requesting gribWeather files. Graphics in Binary file: GRIB files associate a specific weather datum (eg wind velocity or atmospheric pressure) with a geographic position. Because the resulting file is a collection of these points … Continue reading

1-8. Horn to Falkland Islands

Mar 13, 2005 - 1500hrs UTC

1500hrs 13 Mar 2005 UTC 54’01”S 061’48”W Map Ref 120

From: Louise from Jersey, Channel Islands. My brother, Rowley B. and owner of Django, is constantly reminding us of your intrepid journey. Right now, my own son is sailing through the Southern Ocean on one of the Global Challenge … Continue reading

1-14. Nearly to Falmouth

May 16, 2005 - 1515hrs UTC

1515hrs 16 May 2005 UTC 24’52”N 035’17”W Map Ref 223 5374nm (2063nm to Falmouth)

desperately frustrating day trying 2 find prob. with hfHigh Frequency – usually refers to HF radio which is long range digital radio that Berrimilla used to send all but a few of the logs on … Continue reading

1-19. Senegal and Pete's Birthday

Sep 06, 2005 - 2130hrs UTC

2130hrs 06 Sep 2005 UTC 19’56”N 025’32”W Ref 336

Well Gra has joined the OGC whilst we, a nanospot upon the vast pachydermal curve, spent the day drenched in sweat battling for every metre – one down now is one less later. P,P,P & P with Pee the colour of … Continue reading

1-19. Senegal and Pete's Birthday

Sep 07, 2005 - 1715hrs UTC

Did anyone spot the deliberate mistake (actually, I just forgot to explain it)? In the last Daily Bull, the GPS distance was less than the calculated day’s run. If everything is working properly, this should not be possible. But it isn’t all working properly and every time we have a USB crash, I have to turn off the GPS and the SatCom until I’ve got the system back up again – if there’s any data whatever getting to the USB-Serial gizmo when it powers up, the laptop thinks … Continue reading

1-21. Equator to Left Turn

Sep 18, 2005 - 0930hrs UTC

DB 94,10282 (GPS 65 ) – about 6 USB crashes yesterday trying to talk to youse all. There seems to be no pattern to it except that it happens, when it does, as soon as I start transmitting. This may indicate HF energy getting into the system somewhere or that the computer reacts in some way and turns off the power to the usb. I dunno. Never happened on the way north and as far as I can see, we are configured exactly the same – all the new stuff is completely disconnected. … Continue reading

1-21. Equator to Left Turn

Sep 24, 2005 - 0930hrs UTC

DB: 145, 9512 gps 147. Wooohooo. And what a day! the Swannies get up, we’ve got 4000 miles in the can, going down the hill. We had an early email from Jeanne with the result, and then a satphone call. Noice. So we had a little consulting session for the Swans and another 4 4k nm. … Continue reading

1-24. Closing on the Barn Door

Oct 15, 2005 - 1640hrs UTC

1640hrs 15 Oct 2005 UTC 39’03”S 000’05”W Ref 443

I’ve just started to read Vera BrittainWW 1 front line nurse who wrote Testament of Youth, a book about her early life and her wartime experience. One of Alex’s heroes.’s Testament of Youth (the paperback Virago edition, 1978), a special favourite, … Continue reading

1-24. Closing on the Barn Door

Oct 15, 2005 - 1648hrs UTC

1648hrs 15 Oct 2005 UTC 39’04”S 000’00”X Ref 444

10 minutes and yet another crash later, we’ve crossed Greenwich but missed it on the SoBSoftware on Board, from … Continue reading

2-13. Equator-Cape Town

Blues - in perspective

1800/7th position 1006 02540, trip 4330 by GPS

This laptop has now crashed twice, inexplicably, in the last 2 days, both times destroying the iridium settings, losing com ports and who knows what else. It has recovered itself each time but not to its previous status. Restoring it to Nov … Continue reading

2-13. Equator-Cape Town

Another laptop crash

Seems to happen every 24 hours or so. I’ve saved the bare error report by printing the screen and after I’ve sent these I will close the thing and try with a back-up laptop. That might not work with Iridium. Us’ll see.

Frustrating just doesn’t cut it.

2-13. Equator-Cape Town


Doug M – could you please send me Henry’s co-ords again? His waypointA fixed location with specified latitude and longtitude co-ordinates maintained by GPS not in backup laptop and too hard to find in archive.

One for the geeks. There’s clearly a problem between the Panasonic CF18 Toughbook and its … Continue reading