Beast has been having a hard time connecting hard drives and its soul for a year or so. Intermittent problems are so hard to diagnose. Finally, an in-law donated a used PC, we moved over the hard drives and fired up the “ghost of Beast” like it was as good as new. This is very cool.
The new machine is a few years old with multiple SATA ports, USB3, 4X 3.2gHz CPU, and even a 120gB SSD… Amazingly, it booted what worked for AMD64 even though it was an Intel system. The display driver in Debian’s xserver-xorg-video-intel was missing and the Ethernet did not work. There were mysterious messages in the logs about Ethernet drivers. Finally, I figured out that a USB-dongle had an Ethernet port. However, two other Ethernet ports did not work, not one of three… It turned out that a helpful person (ME!) had been annoyed by an alarm and I turned off an old UPS which just happened to power our network switch… As soon as I figured that out, I downloaded the video driver and here I am editing my first post from The Ghost of Beast.
Next, I will blow away That Other OS which resides on the SSD and free myself again from slavery to monopolists.