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03/27/11

  06:33:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 817 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Momitsu V880N, Networking, BOINC, Storage

worked on lhaven, kind of

It might be time I upgraded/replaced 'lhaven'.

This is the only computer in my home network that is only 10/100BaseT, everything else being gigabit. I did picked up a gigabit NIC, but couldn't get it to work in this computer. Seems to not get along with something integrated hardware-wise.

The other thing is there have been lots of errors coming from ata1.00 for sometime. This is also the remaining computer that uses PATA drives. 'lhaven' has 3 300GB PATA drives in it. The primary master (ST3300622A) and secondary master (6B300R0) were in RAID1 configuration, and the primary slave (WD3000JB) is just a single disk. secondary slave is the CD drive...forget what it is exactly.

It wasn't dire that I replace the failing primary master, though it had failed out once before....system booted off the secondary master and ran degraded. But, I added the disk back in and it quickly got happy again (have internal bitmaps enabled).

I had looked around and there isn't much in PATA drives available these days...and nothing in 300GB. Choices I found were 80, 320 or 500. I suppose I could've gone with a 320...but what I did instead of score a 300GB off of eBay.

Replacing it didn't go though. Failed out the disk, booted up on secondary, and tried to put in new disk. First cloning partition table over to new disk. Wouldn't work...new disk is smaller than the secondary master.

As it turned, out the two primary drives were the same size, but the secondary was slightly bigger. I had partitioned the drive using all the space, though it was never using all of it. Probably should've partitioned it the same size as the primary drives. But, I didn't recall this at midnight...figuring it was would go quick and let it resync while I slept....

So found details on shrinking things so that I could add the new disk. Then things got weird.

grub got messed up, and the new disk wouldn't come back correctly into raid. There seemed to be CHS issues, maybe the BIOS in 'lhaven' is too old for such a new drive (ST3300820A)...had seen messages about it, but was more stumped by why it kept changing the md1 slice from sda2 to sda...leading to nasty things as it tried to rebuild itself.

Also noticed that it did different things if it booted from the primary versus the secondary. Apparently the md0/md1 didn't show up soon enough so it used the partition directly.... and the sda1/sda2 paritions were kind of messed up. In fact the /home filesystem on one got seriously hosed, so I reformatted it. But, when I rebooted later..../home was back and working.

During this process grub got messed up, so I had to download a livecd to reinstall grub. Eventually, it all seemed to mostly be working. Except that I could only boot from the secondary master, it would come up wrong from the primary. And, the errors I was seeing that prompted this were still happening.

So, likely not a drive problem...but something else wrong with 'lhaven'. So, I decided to put the old primary drive back and resync that and put everything mostly back the way it was before.

It wasn't without some challenge...like how to make it not see the secondary master and get confused by it. I tried removing power to it, but computer wouldn't power up. I tried removing just IDE cable from it, BIOS halted because just a secondary slave wasn't kosher. It started things degraded, but used sdc1 as root (instead of md0 which should be sda1, with sdc1 out...zero'd it superblock) it was also weird on vg00. md1 wouldn't activate, but vg00 was using it some how. And, when I did activate it...I couldn't get sdc2 to add to it.

But, eventually it all got back to the way things were before.

So, I guess its time to see about replacing 'lhaven'. Its old enough. Though not sure what, besides case and powersupply are original from the computer I purchased in August 2002.

Hard to say what I'll replace it with though...since not much out there fits into where it is (perhaps its time to get a new KVM), and I'm going to want a pretty souped up system to speed up BOINC work....even though that's pretty much all it does these days. Since, everything is being handled on 'box'/'orac' now. And, the secondary services that do run on 'lhaven' don't call for anything beefy (DNS, NTP)....though I do want to redo my Linux media server setup.

My Momitsu V880N is probably going to get replaced sometime later this year... only had mmc running on 'tardis' and 'lhaven'. mmc doesn't work on vista/Win7, and 'tardis' is off in the corner to die. Could probably get mmc working on some other linux box if I needed, but its probably time to come up with something DLNA.... and have my Roku take over.

12/26/10

  04:51:48 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1523 words  
Categories: General, Stuff, Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC, Home, Furnishings, Healthcare

I got me an HP....

... an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-450t, customized with things like:

  • Intel Core i7-870
  • 9GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
  • 1.5TB RAID1 (2x1.5TB SATA HDDs)
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • 2GB NVIDIA GeForce420

Should be good for doing BOINC &#59;D

Now, I bought this system customized expecting to pretty much plug it in and go, only having to add externally attached peripherals to complete things. Though I do plan to do upgrades in the future, specifically I got the the 3 DIMM ( 2x4GB + 1GB ) configuration of slightly more memory so that I could potentially take it to the 16GB max at a future date without having to buy all 4 new DIMMs. If I had bought the 8GB configuration, it would've come as 4 2GB DIMMs. Anyways...without doing anything else first...I just had to take a peek inside.

Now, I don't know if it was that I got a Core i7-860 Dell computer at work (replacing a P4-2.8Ghz machine, so slower than TARDIS - a P4-3.2GHz w/HT machine) or ordering this computer...but TARDIS had seemed to get slower and slower, to pretty much insufferable these last few days. Still not ready to turn new system on....more later.

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08/08/10

  12:24:22 pm, by The Dreamer   , 199 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC

upgraded 'lhaven', second times the charm...

After having had some time to lick my wounds from trying to upgrade 'lhaven'. I decided to take the plunge and try again.

So, I went back on to eBay....and bought another 1GB stick of memory, from the same seller as before...so that I could take the system fully to 2GB. And, while I was there, I bought another Athlon 3000+

And, then it was wait for another Sunday where I would have time to do upgrades....

...well, the upgrade went well this time. I took 'lhaven' down...opened 'er up. Swapped the 512MB DDR400 stick for the 1GB DDR333 stick, and swapped the Athlon 3000+ in for the Athlon 2000+, moved a couple of jumpers and turned the power back on.

It POST'd, and I checked the bios for a bit...watched the system monitor screen for a while, and shutdown again. :cool:

So, I closed up the case and put the computer back in its usual spot and let it boot all the way up.

Once settled, I checked BOINC. It didn't see the CPU change, so I forced it to run CPU benchmarks.

Athlon 2000+ == 997 floating point MIPS (Whetstone) 3376 integer MIPS (Dhrystone)
Athlon 3000+ == 1312 floating point MIPS (Whetstone) 4446 integer MIPS (Dhrystone)

And done. :>>

07/18/10

  06:05:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 477 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC, Ubuntu, Other Linux

I tried to upgrade 'lhaven' more...

...was less than successful.

Back following the icepocalypse, I resurrected 'lhaven' by changing its motherboard. The new motherboard was an upgrade to the old one, but I wasn't taking advantage of any of it. But, in my mind I thought that someday I might.

Having finally upgraded the OS from RedHat 7.3 to Ubuntu 10.04....and being able to participate in all BOINC projects again, I decided that I might look at upgrading it finally.

So I went looking for the fastest FSB 333MHz CPU that I could put into it. And, went looking on eBay for one. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I went and bought an Athlon 3000+ (and an Athlon 2400+). And, while I was on there, I got a new CPU Heatsink and Fan and a 1GB stick of DDR333 memory.

I wasn't sure what kind of memory was in the machine, but somehow I thought it to be a 1GB stick of DDR333 (since I for some reason had an extra DDR333 1GB stick that I gave away recently)....but memory told me the machine had two slots, so I'm not sure why I didn't upgrade the memory to more than 1GB...

Well, turns out my memory was faulty (as was lshw)...the machine had two 512MB DDR226 memory sticks. Which I makes sense, since the old CPU was FSB266 (a 2000+)....guess that means I shouldn't have given away that 1GB stick of DDR333.

What I did was upgrade the memory to 1.5GB by putting the new 1GB DDR333 stick in the first memory slot, and a 512MB DDR400 stick in the second slot. I then looked at the CPU.

First I put the Athlon 3000+ in....and the new CPU heatsink/fan. It is a touch bigger, actually its a lot bigger than the old....not quite compatible with my case...though it should be a simple enough mod once I get everything working again. Except I didn't. No POST.

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05/18/10

  08:29:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 703 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Networking, BOINC, Ubuntu

'Accidentally' Upgraded 'box' to Lucid

Last night I wasn't thinking....running into the fact that my boinc-client package is broken on 'box', I thought..."why isn't it running the boinc-client from Lucid?" And, I proceeded to fix it with "apt-get"...and then realized that I'm still running karmic and unbreaking it wasn't. The boinc-client pre-Lucid is too old for a project I'm in, and it is annoying how ubuntu doesn't update packages within releases (which get's really annoying with LTS.)

Anyways....I decided the way to resolve the mess I had now made by downgrading my boinc-client, was to upgrade to Lucid Lynx 10.04LTS. It was my plan to upgrade both my Ubuntu servers to 10.04LTS (the other being 'orac' which is currently 8.04LTS)....but I was going to put it off to when I had more time and allow time for the release to stabilize (given all the issues I had when I first started running box on fresh Karmic).

So, it started....things got a little annoying, in that the upgrade requires attention....and I didn't want to spend my whole evening watching it upgrade. So, I'd check it now and then, and sometimes find it stuck waiting for me to make a decision for it, though the first one where it wants to restart stuff after a pam upgrade...that's annoying. Just do it okay, stuff it restarted weren't working right along the way anyways. Namely I found that I couldn't access websites...at first I thought the squid had become dorked, and I couldn't restart it because invoking /etc/init.d/squid said it was now a service...but using service didn't find it. Though later I realized it wasn't working because DNS was broke ('box' is my primary DNS server)... I was able to restart that in the usual manner.

Partly because of the pauses, and a bit due to slow download....it wasn't looking like I would finish before 'bedtime'....but it seemed that it would be close enough.... It wasn't, but I ended up staying up to the bitter end. So, that I could reboot and do a quick check that all was clean.

Namely, I checked that named, dhcpd, ntpd and squid were running (since these were some key services of this server, and were ones that often failed to start after boot in karmic...especially named. Manual start always worked...at one time I was restarting these services in rc.local where it always worked rather than at the 'normal' time).

Then I went to fill in the missing icons in my launcher panel....there were two holes, there also seemed to be a hole in the tray area. The missing icons were Evolution (which I right-clicked to make reappear), and boxee (which I installed the latest of). I then called it a night.

The next morning, I continued to poke around some more....adjust appearance, add some chat/broadcast accounts...and look into my ubuntuone issue....first the tray thing was missing, apparently its by design...but, I don't remember that. I poked around some more and some more....then I looked at 'ulkc' and saw that it also didn't have the tray applet anymore, and I just didn't miss it... So, I then went to check that it was connected to my account and sync'd. Actually, it really was syncing, etc. When I was at Penguicon, I had put a copy of the pictures I had taken into my cloud...expecting to see them later on 'box' when I got home. But, it would never appear. Upgrading 'ulkc' didn't help things.

During the poking around, I disconnected 'box' and reconnected...and that apparently fixed whatever was wrong, as it started syncing...and soon the folders appeared.

While this was going on, I thought that maybe I would need to finish things up by remote....so sadly I discovered that remote desktop still doesn't work in Lucid. Turning it on, consumes 50% of my CPU. My 8.04LTS (orac) doesn't suffer from this problem. But, I want to bring both servers in sync eventually, so I can see about getting failover for dhcp working between the two.

Oh well....at least it seems more successful than when I had upgraded 'box' to Karmic. And, now I'm at an LTS where it can stay for the next 2 years.... We'll see what happens when I upgrade from 8.04LTS to 10.04LTS next month....

05/13/10

  06:53:48 pm, by The Dreamer   , 818 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC, Storage

Good-bye Gumby, Hello new Gumby

So, I decided yesterday...in the midst of a tornado watch, etc. that it was time to pull the plug on the old Windows 2000 box known as 'gumby' and set up a new 'gumby' using the off-lease Lenovo Thinkcenter M55 that I got from TigerDirect when I got back from Penguicon. Odd that last year when I got back from Penguicon, I got a Lenovo Ideapad 3000 v200....the thinking then was that the 9" netbook was a little too small for my Linux laptopping needs, so I got a 12" laptop....thinking now is a 12" netbook or something, but that'll be another story. This year's thinking is that the bookpc (Pentium 3 933MHz i815 512MB), running Windows 2000 Professional, was getting to be too slow for my needs, and maybe I would get one of those Windows XP Pro boxes from Tigerdirect, and actually run it.

The previous two IBM Thinkcentres I got from Tigerdirect got turned into Linux servers....

The odd thing of course, is that this new computer is somewhat more powerful that my main Windows desktop ('tardis' - Pentium 4 3.2GHz w/2GB)....as it is a Pentium D 3.4GHz w/2GB. (And, there are already plans to up to 4GB of memory....plan to upgrade 'orac' to its max of 8GB from its current 6GB...and the 2GB displaced is compatible here.)

After taking the old gumby apart and moving it aside, I put the new system in place...adding a firewire card (an adaptec one left over from my early iPod days) and a USB to PS/2 serial adapter to use it with my existing 4 port KVM. I left the two firewire drives from the old gumby detached for now.

I then setup and activated the Windows XP and started working it back into my home network....then added the external drives back. I then started working on tweaking it to my preferences and installing common apps like firefox.

During this I did a restore of old files from backuppc, and that went great....so I queued up a pile more. And, then installed the ever important BOINC...and set into the long process of reconnecting to various projects.

I then continued to install various common apps, along with a few extras that I think could be useful for what I do on the machine...and even better now that it is faster and has more memory. Two things that I used to do that got left behind were WiRNS and DVArchive....but I got Poopli Updater working again. Had stopped using WiRNS a few days earlier with my remaining ReplayTVs....

Suddenly it was 10:30pm....

I poked around a bit more then next morning and a little bit more remotely....so much nicer now that the machine has more memory and processing power.

Even though I'm going to reestablish getting it backed up in backuppc, I decided that I want to still have local disk-to-disk backup using Retrospect or something to an external drive. The original Maxtor OneTouch II drive that I used to use for this had died, and redeploy of an old internal drive had also gone away....but I had used Retrospect's restore to recover from bare metal before, and that's something backuppc doesn't do.

The question was how I do get Retrospect back on to this machine? I considered quickly buying a new external drive (wasn't today's shellshocker....wait I'm boycotting buying harddrives that way aren't I?) and I just couldn't get myself to pull the trigger on one at the KSU Union Computer Store....perhaps next week....

While I was looking around...I noticed that the Retrospect had stopped running on my other Windows computer (tardis)....in fact it had last run on May 13th, 2009. !!! I poked around trying to find out why it wasn't working...but gave up.... Since I got home I got it running manually, guess I'll make a note to check later to see if it runs automatically again.

Probably time to update the restore cd.

Meanwhile, don't feel that in a hurry to get that last step for 'gumby' in place. Though upgrading and replacing harddrives is certainly something I will eventually want to do.

Running Acronis MigrateEasy might be interesting. This is the tool I got when I wanted to upgrade the 80GB drive in 'gumby' to something bigger. First it was to a 250GB, but then I found that the BIOS in the machine wouldn't handle larger than 137GB....so I then used it to go to a 120GB drive. Now the new 'gumby' has a 160GB drive....and I'm sure I'm going to want to upgrade eventually. I reinstalled the program, but one of the things the install wizard complained about is no floppy drive....ya...first desktop I've purchased that didn't have a floppy drive, hmm...

May have to look at upgrading the MigrateEasy or something. Though I think replacing the current external drives will be first on the list....since I already lost one of the 3 a while back.

Think tomorrow or later tonight, I'll add 'gumby' back into backuppc.

03/21/10

  04:42:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 688 words  
Categories: General, Software, Computer, BOINC

trying to switch to Quicken Premier 2010

This is the second last weekend that I can make the switch to Quicken Premier 2010, before my copy of Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe expires.

It had been kind of annoying the last couple of weeks, with Microsoft Money warning of impending expiration and asking if I want to renew....where the renew doesn't do anything because Microsoft has discontinued the product, etc.

I'm sad, I've been using Microsoft Money since 98 (the version, I started using the software in 1997) to manage my finances.

I had originally intended to learn about Quicken and purchase it in December and start using it in the new year. In parallel to Microsoft Money and slowly migrate to it. Because I had heard horror stories about the conversion process (import/export and lose lots of info/detail)....but then I heard that there was going to be a direct conversion process available. Though the intent of the timing was still there....but other things came along and I got busy, so it got put off...and put off.

But, I had envisioned that I would finally purchase the software and make the conversion after I did my taxes (and hopefully before Microsoft Money Plus expires.)

I had never actually seen the expiration message before, usually upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Money before well before then. Though I usually skipped a version here and there. Namely the progression was like 98, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, Plus...I'm pretty sure that's right, vaguely recall having 2001 and making the switch from even years to odd years. There was something that was a bug in Microsoft Money, that was finally fixed in the 2001 version. Or it was some online download data format change, or both.

At the time it was one of the main reasons I was resisting the abandonment of Windows and switching to a Mac. Unfortunately, I've acquired a bunch of other things since then that are Windows only. Though VMware or VirtualBox was a consideration...there is a new wrinkle in why I'll likely go with a Windows box as my next host. That's CUDA projects in BOINC are mainly for Windows systems. There are a few Linux ones, but then only 64-bit Linux.

Anyhoo....I decided that this was the weekend to make the start. I had been moving the software in and out of my Amazon.com cart trying to decide on when I would finally get it. But, then I decided that I would opt to getting via Amazon Download. Part of me wanted the warm fuzzy of having a physical CD, that I can then lose when it comes time to reinstall...not sure what I'm going to do with all my apps when I finally get around to buying that new computer to replace my old circa 2003 computer.

I bought it and downloaded it yesterday, and figured I'd get to doing it today (Sunday).

Well, so far it hasn't gone so well. Everytime I start, and select conversion....it goes for a very long time, and then crashes. I worry about whether things are right and don't really want to go through the 12+ years of records to see what's missing. The initial screen doesn't look right to me, so that doesn't help....though who knows.

I then tried running file repair, still crashed. Removed my password (even though it did seem to have an issue), still crashed. Repair again....

Not sure what I'm going to do now. Wonder if I can take a couple weeks off from work to go through everything and see if things are right, etc.

:##

Or maybe I'll just accept no more online services and stay with Microsoft Money Plus. Though its going to have a big impact on my daily routine, and not sure what it'll do to my account tracking. There are accounts where the only updates I get are through online services, missing statements every now and then, etc. Plus the online service downloads have helped me catch fraudulent activity on my cards much sooner than if I had to remember to check the card sites manually or review statements.

Hmmm... :hmm:

Plus there's still that whole, what do I do when I finally upgrade to a new computer....

10/31/09

  01:36:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 568 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, BOINC, Ubuntu

upgrading to Karmic Koala

I hadn't intended to start upgrading systems to Karmic Koala so soon...since the servers are kind of pegged with other people downloading and upgrading. But, playing around with do-release-upgrade on my Ubuntu server at work....at first (on Thursday) it didn't show the release and the later it did.

Since its running as a Guest on my Solaris 10 x86 desktop, in VirtualBox, I could take a snapshot and let it go. Plus its a pretty minimal server...its just to run BOINC. It estimated that it would take about 4 hours to download what it needed. Guess it doesn't take advantage of the I2, or things were pretty saturated....

When I came in yesterday, it was still going...was kind of hard with it blanking the screen and stopping waiting for input...but it kept chugging along and eventually upgraded and all seemed good.

So, last night I decided to pull the trigger and upgrade my notebook (ulkc). It warned about a lot more stuff that was unsupported and would be removed, and lots of warnings about all the 3rdparty stuff. But it gave an estimate of 10 hours to download and asked if I wanted to continue.

Sure :lalala:

When I got up the next morning it was waiting to ask about differences in my mod blacklist, it wanted to add pcspkr but it wasn't going to keep the modules I had blacklisted...and no option to merge or stuff....so I told it to keep my blacklist. Wonder what'll happen when I do box, since there's nothing connected to its sound card....so its only way to make noise is through its pc speaker.

After it was done and rebooted, two things didn't work. The firefox button on the panel, since default had changed from firefox 3.0 to firefox 3.5 (though I've been using 3.5 since it came out, just replace /usr/bin/firefox with a new symlink)....easy enough to replace. And, virtualbox.

I reinstated the 3rdparty sources for apt, and checked for updates. Guess there's no Karmic repository for Boxee yet. The only thing that did upgrade was dropbox.

So, I uninstalled virtualbox (it was 2.2) and reinstalled it (3.0 from the karmic repo). And, then I tested it.

It worked.

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03/27/09

  01:17:45 pm, by The Dreamer   , 329 words  
Categories: Software, Safety & Security

Norton Antivirus 2009 is gone

Even though I still had 299 days left to my current subscription, I decided to nuke Norton Antivirus 2009 from my computer. Disabling stuff on it just so that I can use my computer was getting annoying.

First I had disable so that I can run BOINC projects on my computer, this means there's that annoying red X on the tray icon.

Today, I couldn't check my email because the inbound email scanner was broken....another thing that needed to be disabled. And, there were other quirks that seemed related, but I wasn't sure.

Of course, I don't like being unprotected. So, my employer has a site license for AntiVirus software...all on site computers are required to run it, but additionally employees and students are allowed to run it on their own computers. Once upon a time, it was Norton Antivirus that the University provided. But, a couple years ago they switched to Trend Micro. I think they just renewed for another 3 years.

So, I have installed Trend Micro. It has the annoying habit of identifying stuff that I want to run as spyware or malware and not giving any choice but to remove it....and without asking me. I had identd running on my desktop, probably left over from when I used a Windows IRC client. I vaguely recall that there was some other reason I had it, it didn't do anything dangerous...it was configured just to make whatever service that wanted to find it happy. But, during the Trend Micro installation...it silently saw it and uninstalled it from my computer.

A few years ago, it was uninstalling a home watching webcam software. It had classified it as spyware and kept removing it. Ya...it is spyware, its so I can spy on my home when I'm not home and see if anything is happening. I don't use it anymore, though I keep thinking I need to have something back again. Though I'm looking for something that is not computer dependent....

Oh well....

01/09/09

  11:10:57 am, by The Dreamer   , 44 words  
Categories: Software

Norton Antivirus 2009 still hates BOINC

I never did get a conclusion from my support issue with Symantec, but at some point in recent history...I had turned advanced protection back on.

Now it is interfering with Hydrogen@Home.

My subscription runs out in a week....what should I get to replace this?

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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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