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mdworld - mypc

Precise Broek

Upgraded broek to Ubuntu 12.04.1 Precise Pangolin over ssh. No problems so far. It was important to upgrade at this time because 12.04 is an LTS version and soon 12.10 will be out and I want to have the option to stay on the LTS version.

by Martin @ 22:48 26 August 2012


A weird problem: when booting the system, nothing appears. I mean, the monitors get no input. I can hear the hard disks whirring and the keyboard leds light up, so I suppose it is the videocard. This is the second time in about a week. I've rebooted several times to no avail.

In the end, while it was on, I jiggled one of the DVI ports on the side of the videocard. The machine rebooted and I saw the BIOS loading screen again. Everything proceeded as normal from there on.

Update 16 sep 2012: exactly the same problem, exactly the same solution.

by Martin @ 18:59 31 July 2012

Precise Dop

Just upgraded dop to Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. The improved multi-monitor support is immediately apparent, because the login screen now displays something on both monitors, where before one was left black.

by Martin @ 19:48 28 June 2012


Upgraded snoer to Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin.

by Martin @ 15:00 17 May 2012

Oneiric Dop

Upgrading dop to Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.

Dual screen works great, the "menubar" has moved to the far left of my left monitor (instead of the left of my right monitor as it was before) which is all great. But weirdly enough my space themed wallpapers are gone! Now trying to find if I can get pictures from a 500px.com rss feed or something.

by Martin @ 21:09 21 November 2011

A Crafty Project

I want to work out more and play more WoW, so why not combine the two?

Currently, snoer is used as a mediaplayer/streamer with XBMC installed, but it has a 80GB HDD, so if I make it dual-boot and resize XBMC to 30GB, the remaining 50GB should be enough for Ubuntu 11.10 (ca. 5GB?) and WoW (25GB on my desktop at the moment).

Then I just tape a spare keyboard to my hometrainer and I should be ready to grind in both RL and WoW at the same time!

by Martin @ 16:46 7 November 2011

Oneiric Broek

Just updated broek to Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot. As usual, I always give it some time before upgrading, and this time I upgraded my server first. No strange problems so far, so I'll probably upgrade Dop soon.

by Martin @ 17:42 4 November 2011


After my usual lull after a new Ubuntu release, waiting for people to scream their newly updated machines where melting MELTING!!!, yesterday I felt comfortable to upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

Upgrade went pretty well, but as expected the new Unity desktop manager made me feel like when I was using linux for the first time.

by Martin @ 21:13 27 May 2011

New battery

I've replaced the CMOS battery. Hopefully this will also resolve disk errors while booting my root partition. I also wonder why BIOS has not yet traded CMOS for persistent flash memory.

by Martin @ 11:49 3 April 2011

Errors Checking Disk

While booting (BIOS went fine), I just got:

Errors were found while checking the disk drive for /
Press F to attempt to fix errors, I to ignore, S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery.

After pressing F, it checked my drive and rebooted the system, again presenting the dialog above. Then I pressed I, it continued correctly and I backuped my files.

It might still be a CMOS battery problem.

The fix could range from anything from checking the disk http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1535761
to replacing the drive http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1684746

by Martin @ 8:34 23 March 2011