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mdworld - dop

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

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


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

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


For quite some time I've been thinking about reinstalling Ubuntu in the 64-bit version. I took the opportunity to un-RAID my drives (hardware RAID didn't work as expected) only to find out that one of my drives was dead?! I replaced this 320GB drive by a 1,5TB WD Caviar Green @ €99, firmly holding on to my rule of spending not more than €100 on a hard drive :) I also renamed this machine according to the new naming theme to dop.
by Martin @ 20:23 28 September 2009

Full OS Reinstall

Reinstalled Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex from scratch to see if I can finally get WIFI working completely. Unfortunatly, afterwards found out the PCMCIA adapter simply doesn't support WPA. Also, autoconnect to Wifi doesn't work anymore, flash doesn't work out of the box, videodrivers are nowhere to be found. As a plus I renamed the hostname complying to the new naming scheme: snoer.
by Martin @ 21:08 21 January 2009