Archives for: January 2008

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  10:04:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 598 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Networking, BOINC, Operating Systems, Ubuntu

Gateway GT5636E Progress

As I may have mentioned, I finally turned on this computer on Saturday.

I had first tried installed OpenSolaris, but it choked on the motherboard's SATA controller. Though maybe I gave up too soon, but I had pretty decided a couple weeks ago that I would ultimately be running some Linux distro....largely for its better support for BOINC and feeling that I would go with running VMware, rather than see what the state of Xen for Open Solaris is. Plus there other software considerations.

I had settled on first trying Ubuntu 7.10 Server didn't go well. Since I had gone to the trouble of getting a pair of drives for RAID 1, I wanted to do this. Though I was ready to try Storage Foundation with the OpenSolaris attempt. I opted not go this route for Ubuntu.

After numerous installs and going by various community docs...I was about to give up and seek out some other distro of Linux. Until I went back and checked my notes on how I had gotten RAID to work on a Linux box at work. Following that, I was able to get it to work.

Once done, I added ubuntu-desktop so that I could do more than just the mail(satellite)/samba/ssh services that I installed. I had previously installed other services, but decided that wasn't what I was going to be using this box for.

Final step on Sunday was to install BOINC and attach to all the projects I participate in. And, let it loose.

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  05:28:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 149 words  
Categories: Appliances

New Washer and Dryer

My new Washer and Dryer arrived today.

It is so amazingly more sound of a freight train driving through the building, guess I won't need to only run it during the day when I'm not at home anymore. No more running the washer while I run errands and then hear before I get to my door that I've gotten home too soon.

It does take a longer, perhaps more so because I watched it run the first wash load.

Now, I think I need to buy more clothes so that I can run full loads....though its more about not having enough whites to last two weeks.... :P

Wonder if I can use up what's left of my stockpile of detergent before I buy HE kind.

Wonder if I'll try washing my comforter today...

My New Washer and Dryer

...well, I am trying...and can't see it through all the foam :oops:


  09:42:25 pm, by The Dreamer   , 785 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC


....or something :crazy:

Today, for no real good reason....I decided to reboot my Linux server (lhaven). And, make it check its filesystems.

It took longer than I expected, because since I swapped the comes up in PIO mode, which makes things painfully slow, etc. I had set /etc/sysconfig/harddisks to have USE_DMA=1, but I didn't realize that it did the fsck step before it does the hdparm stuff.

I bounced it a few times trying to figure out why it wouldn't use DMA, eventually resulting in the filesytems as uncleanly unmounted...and therefore requiring the fsck now. I ended up hacking the rc.sysinit script to apply DMA before the fsck. Ideally, the machine should run 24x7 to the end of time. Though there might be a UPS swap or two between now and then.

During all this, there was the annoyance where the keyboard stops I decided it was a good time as any to replace its KVM.

Now I had a 4-port KVM, but I hadn't come across the 4th set of cables during my various expeditions through my I had purchased a new 4-port KVM after deciding this was how I would connect the new Core2Quad box that I've been assembling.

When I first realized that I might not have the 4th set of cables, I thought about getting a new monitor....except that if I were in the market for a new monitor, I'd rather upgrade one that I stare at all the time than just get a cheapie for this computer. Which meant DVI. Though the Core2Quad box doesn't have DVI card in it. And, not sure a DVI monitor would have a place on the KVM. So, this would mean buying a DVI card for well as a new monitor....which as far as I was concerned had to have DVI whether it was really necessary or if I didn't get a DVI card for this new computer, I would still want DVI in a new monitor. And, the cheapest ones available that could be shipped to me quickly weren't quite in my budget (especially with all the recent budget creeps). Though the way I've been dragging my heals on getting this machine going...time wasn't really of the essence on a new monitor.

Though if I did go with new monitor, it then raised the question of where was I going to put this new monitor (and the computer bits around it). This meant furniture would need to be acquired....and possibly other stuff. So, more budget creep.

There will be the question of getting a UPS for this computer, though there is a plan to shuffle in a new UPS elsewhere, which would direct a UPS to this. Though it occurs to me that another project is likely going to need a UPS for that (well there's a UPS there that has the VA's to handle more load, though runtime will then be an issue.) Though I do need to find a UPS that'll better fit the stand. A UPS that is currently there has feet on it, that don't line up with wire mesh of the shelf.

Perhaps the spot will require two UPSs to shuffle in to displace the one that is here now. Though hard to say what the timing of everything is.

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  05:39:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 233 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC

My TARDIS has rematerialized

Also among today's UPS deliveries...was the RFE'd CPU fan for my Dell Dimension XPS (Gen 2) named "TARDIS". (my Windows laptop was named "SIDRAT")....though I been reusing the names on other devices lately.

Namely, the Time Machine partition at work is called "LKC SIDRAT" (the Mac is named "LKC"), and the Time Machine partition at home is called "LKC TARDIS". Not sure the naming is as accurate. The work drive is a 2.5" 100GB 7200rpm drive, while the home drive is a 2.5" 160GB 5400rpm drive.

Anyways...CPU fan installed, and the computer is back up and running. While without the CPU fan...the other CPU fan was running ~2400rpm (up from its normal <900rpm) and the CPU temperature in the upper 60's....Celsius. Now I have BOINC running full out and the CPU temperature is reading 52.... &#58;&#62;&#62; the new fan is showing ~2500rpm and the remaining original fan is ~1700rpm.

Put BOINC back to preferences....things should gradually drop back. Not sure if the old fan will go under 1000rpm again. It had always been a bit weird on what speed it would run at....seems unless it breaks 1000, it stay below...leaving the Fan 1 to do most of the work.

Though it is strange that the lower CPU fan is the one that works harder than the higher CPU fan. There's probably something about the fan shroud that makes most of the air over the CPU heatsink pull down across it.


  11:18:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 130 words  
Categories: VoIP, Networking

Xantrex PowerSource 400


Today's UPS delivery showed up...and among the items was a Xantrex PowerSource 400.

I acquired this to run the items in my 'network' closet'.

The items in there are my DSL modem, Linksys WRT54GS, Sipura SPA-3000 and the base for my Uniden cordless phone.

My Kill-A-Watt meter had reported the load at 11W, but it doesn't even register on the load meter on the Xantrex PowerSource 400. Wonder just how much life I'll get off of this?

The manual says 8W load will give 55h of run time, while a 25W load will give 15h of run time. Nothing in hard to say how long it'll last really...but it'll be over a day, eh?

I wonder if I'll invest in additional units, to cover my online activities during an extended outage.


  05:20:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 44 words  
Categories: Appliances

Coming Soon... new washer and dryer....

I pulled the trigger and ordered it from

I'm getting the LG WM2455HW and its matching DLE5955W.

Darn the site is down at the moment....

Anyways....its done, now to wait for its delivery on January 27th.


  09:53:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 250 words  
Categories: Appliances

The latesting thing... go is my washer. It had been in rough shape since I got it, it was free. And, I always intended that after I became a home owner, I would probably buy that dream washer and dryer.

But, the cost of becoming and being a home owner was a bit steeper than I had anticipated, so I was pushing my luck and saving for the real dream washer and dryer.

Evidently, it wasn't meant to be. &#58;&#46;&#46;&#40;

I came home from work today, and found that my washer wasn't where it was supposed to be. The laundry inside wasn't on the sides and was still pretty saturated. Further inspection seemed to indicate that the washer was leaking, possibly for some time.

I moved it back into place and watched it carefully as I redid the final rinse and spin....and soon there was a fresh puddle under the machine. Perhaps the leaking was a relatively recent development...but long enough to have made the mess that I had found behind it. This also means that replacing the washer is a higher priority than I would like. It'll pretty much be a shop and buy a new washer (and dryer) this weekend kind of thing.

I guess I don't need the top end in front load washer and dryer, nor having it tricked out with every option. But, still it should be a decent sized front loader with the features at least the features I know I need now.

Hmmmm..... &#41;&#45;&#111;


  10:08:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 316 words  
Categories: iPod, Software, Computer, BOINC

Starting to hate Apple as much as Microsoft

Apple is rebooting my Windows computer almost as much as Microsoft is now.

Today's reboot was brought to me by Apple...and my computer wouldn't come up after it. &#58;&#35;&#35;

Seems strange that the CPU fan died during this cycle...but eventually that's what it complained about.

But, seeing as it was down, I decided this was the excuse to open it up and replace the CMOS battery....and blow out some dust &#59;&#68;

It didn't help resurrect the CPU fan fault. &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;

It seems to limp, guess I have to disable BOINC for a while.... And, see about getting a replacement fan for it.

Darn Dell seems to use some special, odd ball fan that is hard to find...doesn't even seem to be available from Dell. Good did identify some sites that carried pulls of the fan. So, I bought one. Kind of expensive...$119...though $58.33 is for next day shipping...which will hopefully put it on Monday (along with a few other items I'm expecting UPS to bring me that day).

Guess I need to see about getting a new computer, and not try to stretch any more life out of this one. &#58;&#96;&#40;

I suppose I might consider getting an iMac and VMWare to run the one Windows application that I know isn't available on the Mac, which I use daily (and have yet to find an easy way to convert from it...guess Microsoft needs to hold some of its users hostage.) Though I also have a few other Windows only things, that I may also have trouble giving up.


Of course, I do have that Gateway GT5636E.....

Though I'll probably want to buy different bits for it a dual DVI video card. Though I guess I can scrounge the SCSI card....wonder if the other bits that I did get for it will still have a place in it then. &#58;&#63;&#58;


Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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