2001 Infiniti G20 – NOT a transmission problem!

Strange problem, but it seems that it was reproduced by another car other than mine, so I would expect that it will happen to a lot of others as well. There’s an intermittent problem where car will just rev and not move very quickly as if it doesn’t get into gear or something. It won’t go past 60mph or so and it’s revved very high at that speed, so you’re wasting a ton of gas. If you stop and restart the car, it’ll run fine again. It’s really frustrating as you don’t know when you’ll run into this problem and when you won’t. It will get worse and worse as time goes on. Turns out, the problem is with the battery. If you just change the battery, it’ll run just fine again! Just $50 fixes the problem!


Interesting time issue …

Interesting Time issue in Linux.<-->

To complicate things a little, this was Redhat Enterprise Linux 4 update 2 in a VMware VM – reason why it makes it a little more complicated is because that there’s a time problem for Virtual Machines – in virtualization, you can’t afford to give the clock ticks that the older 2.6 kernels ask for (default 1000HZ). You can read more on it here: http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/238.

So in this case, virtualization wasn’t the problem.

Here’s where I started:

ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Chicago /etc/localtime


Mon Feb 13 18:25:28 UTC 2006

ls -ld /etc/localtime

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 35 Feb 13 18:25 /etc/localtime -> /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Chicago

cat /etc/sysconfig/clock




run hwclock – it just gives you the prompt back.

date -s “Feb 13 20:25:28 PST 2006”

run date and get

Mon Feb 13 04:25:28 UTC 2006

run setup – go through the options set it to America/Chicago and still … UTC … why!?


export TZ=America/chicago

still … date shows UTC!

reboot the Vm, go into the bios … same thing …. why!!??

zdump -v America/Chicago … shows a bunch of bullshit – nothing that helps.


rpm -qf /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Chicago

rpm –verify tzdata-2004e-2

S.5….T. /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Chicago

S.5….T. /usr/share/zoneinfo/CST6CDT

S.5….T. /usr/share/zoneinfo/SystemV/CST6CDT

S.5….T. /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Central

ahh … wonder how the files got changed. Anyways, it doesn’t matter.

reinstalled rpm

rpm –force -Uvh tzdata-2004e-2.noarch.rpm

Now run:

ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Chicago /etc/localtime

Now the date’s okay … cool deal!