Archive for April, 2009

New server ….

Monday, April 13th, 2009

… well, almost. To let one of my boys use the nVidia 7900 GT graphics card I bought for them, I had to move some hardware around. My Aopen i915gmm-hfs motherboard was taken out of my server and put into Benjamins computer. Instead my server got his ASUS A8N-VM CSM motherboard. To keep power consumption of my server down, I decided to enable cool’n’quiet, use a 2.5″ diskdrive for the root partition and use powertop to minimize the number of interrupts. Tomorrow I have to get rid of the built in nvidia NIC (it generates 100 ints/sec) and use an intel pro100 or pro1000

In any case this is only temporary, until I can get an atom or arm based mainboard with 4 sata connectors without having to shell out millions of dollars on it :-)

Ohh yeah, also “upgraded” from Debian to Ubuntu. Ran into some anoyances with regards to /var/run and /var/lock combined with a seperate /var partition. Ubuntu is not really server quality yet if you can not move /var to a seperate partition without problems. Sorry, but it really is not!

Upgraded printer firmware

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

It is easter…. Holidays. The weather is good and here I am, upgrading the firmware of my old Lexmark S1255 laserprinter (with an marknet N2002E network adaptor) just for the fun of it. Very simple actually

thosan-laptop% unzip N2000.ZIP
Archive: N2000.ZIP
inflating: 3_20_45.PSW
inflating: README.TXT
thosan-laptop% tftp
tftp> bin
tftp> put
(file) 3_20_45.PSW /dev/flash
Sent 1068122 bytes in 10.5 seconds

Nothing more, nothing less. Printer firmware is upgraded.