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mdworld - mypc

BIOS error

Ready for some quality time with my PC, to my unpleasant surprise I get an error message while booting that the BIOS settings were lost. After restoring it, and rebooting, GRUB returns an error. It seems that my (now primary) old HDD still had grub on the MBR. So I configured my newest disk as primary HDD and it booted again. It also only detects 3100 MB of RAM, while I have 6 GB installed. Maybe a setting to.

What's wrong here? CMOS battery dead?

update: 'Twas a BIOS setting: enabling "memory remap feature" (optimizing for 64-bit OS), the full 6 GB RAM is detected.

by Martin @ 16:30 20 March 2011

deb to ubuntu

Reinstalling broek with Ubuntu 10.10, main reason: the NIC driver is outdated so it won't run at gigabit speed. It worked pretty good otherwise!

update: first problem after Ubuntu installation: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1607778 (ignoring that for now)

Installed webmin

Configured nfs share (tested) and samba share (not yet tested). Sustained 400mbit upload, so NIC is working better than before (only 100mbit).

Added wget cron job to update status in Drupal.

Added notification for package updates.

In the future: add reverse proxy?

by Martin @ 11:15 5 March 2011


Today service commenced for my new server: broek.

It's a Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Pentium 4 D 3.0 GHz with 1GB that some office decommisioned recently.

Since jas died more or less definitevly some time ago, most of my server applications have been moved to the external hosting company I already used for this site, vdx.nl.

I am going to use broek as a local fileserver, for my media collection.

by Martin @ 15:08 26 December 2010


Started distro upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. Leaving it overnight, we'll see what happens.

Update 6-3-11: Again had the problem with upgraded php version, this time used the script from post #6 from this thread: http://art.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1459163

by Martin @ 22:00 20 December 2010

Snoer Transformed

Snoer is dead, long live snoer! The old D800 snoer has been replaced with a Dell Latitude D820. It has an Intel Core Duo processor, 80GB hard disk, and NVIDIA Quadro videocard.

by Martin @ 1:00 11 November 2010

Lucid Aftermath

After upgrading to Lucid, I did have some problems:

Because in Lucid PHP was upped to 5.3.2, Drupal stopped working (with the illustrious error "Function ereg() is deprecated in /var/www/drupal/include /file.inc on line 895."). Let's say downgrading PHP back to 5.2.10 is less than trivial...

by Martin @ 17:59 10 June 2010


Just updated from Karmic to Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Thought it would be safe by now, and it seems everything went fine. Just had to re-enable some repositories. We'll see how it keeps the coming days.

Update: OK, so I had to reinstall java 6, but that was easy enough with this tutorial. I also had to run:
sudo update-alternatives --config java

by Martin @ 18:28 22 May 2010

Slow Internet On Karmic

The last couple of weeks my internet has been kind of slow. Didn't pay too much attention to it, but after discussing it with a colleague I googled for a bit and presto:
by Martin @ 12:24 31 December 2009


I've joined the DPC in the fight agains malaria, brought to my attention by 3FM Serious Request 2009. Check out this neat graph of my progress:

by Martin @ 0:31 16 December 2009


I've upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala without any problems on the first glance. I haven't tested any applications, my Java installation or third party repositories though, but dual screen works and that's a relief. Before I reinstalled for 64-bit, something was wrong with my configuration so I had to fix dual screen each time by hand.
by Martin @ 17:18 13 December 2009