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  07:03:14 am, by The Dreamer   , 101 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Hard Drive Failure Update

Last night I pulled the trigger and bought a Seagate 500GB SATA Drive, Retail Kit (7200.10) from to take advantage of the free two day delivery of Amazon Prime. The order was for $118.99 + Tax. Within hours of placing the order, the price dropped to $112.25.

It seems lately that does this every time I order something....

So far, every time that I've asked for an adjustment, they have refunded the difference. Though I haven't asked every time that it has happened.

I haven't decided if I'll go through the hassle of seeking warranty replacement on the failed drive....


  08:08:37 am, by The Dreamer   , 155 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Hard Drive Failure

This morning I woke up to hear a strange whine....

After trying to figure out where it was coming from, I found that it was coming from the Gateway first I was worried it was a fan. But, it turned out to be much worse.

It was coming from a Seagate ST3500630AS....closer inspection revealed it to be the older of the two. Guess it was a good thing that I had configured RAID1.

Now to see about getting a new drive and fix it.

Not sure what I'm going to do about the failed'll be under warranty, but its not like I've had any luck with the refurbished drives they send as replacements.

Wonder how the newer Seagate ST3500620AS compare....or if it is possible to migrate to a pair of Seagate ST3750630AS?

Or even what the procedure to replace a failed drive under Linux RAID....


  02:33:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 131 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR, Networking

WiRNS resurrection


I've had it with lack of line up updates from DNNA, and the need to call a non-tollfree number and wait on indefinite hold to fix something they should be keeping up on.

So, I looked at remapping some data to get the one channel that I'm missing out Fox.

I had stopped using WiRNS, because my ReplayTVs had stopped being able to get data from it....I figured it was probably related to having lost one of my Linux servers due to the icepocalypse. And, evidently this is so. :>>

Now at least I'll have the option of recording Fox from digital cable....though American Idol filling up the schedule, means there's just "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"....which isn't in conflict, so is getting recorded on the DVR.


  07:22:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 315 words  
Categories: Computer, Wireless/iPhone, Travel

USB A to mini-B Cable quest

With a business trip coming up, I've been looking for my pair of USB A to Mini-B cables. IE: Blackberry Data cables. Its also the cable for my Motorola KRZR K1M.

I use the cables, so I can use my work MacBook Pro as a really expensive charger for these mobile devices. But, it is starting to look like I left them in the hotel room on my last business trip....because they are no where to be found. :##

The thing is that some time ago, that my first Blackberry had come with two...and I'm pretty sure that my second one did too. But, I had managed to lose I had acquired a couple more via eBay....because strangely these cables are hard to find (in a B&M).

I remember early on (in 2006) having looked in the computer store on campus, they didn't have this particular cable.

Now the KRZR didn't come with a cable, and on my last business trip...I resorted to swiping the one for my portable harddrive (time machine drive 'LKC SIDRAT')....

Anyways...I didn't conclude that finding my cables would be a lost cause until this morning.

I immediately checked to see if they could get me a pair tomorrow. Unfortunately, they wouldn't offer Saturday delivery as an option...just two day (Tuesday) or one day (Monday). Too late.

I was starting to worry about what I might do for cables. I could swipe the one on my computer in a pinch I suppose, and there's the blackberry wall well. Though I'm already missing the cable for my other blackberry wall charger because of this.

But, I decided to check the campus computer store again....and fortunately they did have some this time. :>>

Now I wonder what else I'm gonna be in a panic to locate for the trip....


  08:56:16 am, by The Dreamer   , 174 words  
Categories: VoIP

Broadvoice Outage

Last night a new credit card arrived in the mail, I dialed the verification number from my phone and got an intercept message to dial 1 first. I didn't think anything of it. The verification didn't happen instantly.....I then realized that maybe the SPA-3000 had routed my call out over landline.

After some reseting and checking things, I went onto the account portal where it reported they were having trouble in Chicago.

Not sure how long I've been without VoIP....because now that I think of it, it did seem odd taht I only got one call from my University on Jan 29th....they usually call daily for weeks when they start their campaign to get money from me. :??:

I think there were other locations for Broadvoice, though I'd have to dig around to find out what those other servers are and find the one with the next lowest ping time. I think it was something like an east coast server and a west coast server....

Think I can remember how to change it....


  07:40:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 14 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Mr. Bean's Holiday


Of what I managed to watch...I rated 1 star.



  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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