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debian, booting md, and you


unlike centos, when you configure MD RAID 1 for booting on debian etch, it doesn’t install GRUB on all the drives in the set.  you can do this manually and it seems you’d have to do this every time you update the kernel.  (i found this out the hard way)

  • edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
  • find the line that says ‘root’ (maybe has (hd0,0) on it).  make note of the hdX,Y part
  • determine what your “other” drives in the RAID set are, whether they’re /dev/sdb, /dev/hdb, /dev/hdc, etc.
    (i usually cat /proc/mdstat and see which disks are part of each mdX device)
  • run the following, replace hdX,Y with the one you found in menu.lst.  replace /dev/hdX with the device ID for your other drive.

    schitzo:~# grub
    grub> device (hd0) /dev/hdX
    grub> root (hdX,Y)
    grub> setup (hd0)
    grub> quit

if yours is RAID 1 like mine, you should only have to do this once.  it’s a higher level RAID, you’ll have to perform this on every drive

maybe they’ll fix this in lenny 🙂

(mostly for reference)

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gamers for giving 2!


this is the second one i’ve been a part of and help run.  here is a bit about the event:

Each year, our foundation hosts one of the largest video game conventions in the state of Michigan, Gamers for Giving. Gamers for Giving acts as our primary annual fundraising event. It’s a 3-day-straight gaming event where gamers have the chance to come together for charity. Last year, our event helped to promote Autism research, education, and awareness by generating needed funds for a local chapter of the Autism Society of America. This year, Gamers for Giving will focus on raising funds to catapult our own 2009 community initiatives.

mpcon is dead.  long live mpcon!

Categories : events  geek

thanks tmbo



Categories : geek  OMG DUDA WTF

music streamin for you and me


at the request of greg and nothing better to listen to while working, i put a shoutcast stream back up. it’s electronica.  mostly downtempo but some trance, house, and clickhop.

the stream title is beatheads for a better america: rewirethepulse

people with winamp, vlc, itunes, foobar, xmms, click here.
people with windows media player, click here.

2000 songs in the list.  i need to go through my collection to add more.  i need to listen more to trim some out.  dave aided the collection of odd and independent music

maybe there’s something you want to hear?  check out the request page.

Categories : geek  site news

ps2 device to usb port adapters


many new motherboards don’t come with ps2 ports anymore.  if your favorite keyboard only has ps2 ports, you’ll need a usb adapter.

with a usb keyboard or a ps2 keyboard plugged into a ps2 port, your keys behave as you think they would in 3d games.

with most ps2 to usb adapters, multiple key presses do not work properly.  example: you’re running forward, holding down the forward key and you want to strafe right.  while holding forward, you press your right key and let it go.  however, you stop moving.

my understanding about the issue is that the usb to ps2 adapters don’t emulate and translate the ps2 key presses properly.  the ziotek jobbie does.  however, it’s usually out of stock and recently back in stock.  you should consider picking it up if it’s an issue for you

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Fail event on /dev/md2:schitzo


looks like a failing drive was the cause for my problems this weekend.  yay warranties.

This is an automatically generated mail message from mdadm running on schitzo

A Fail event had been detected on md device /dev/md2.

It could be related to component device /dev/sda3.

Faithfully yours, etc.

P.S. The /proc/mdstat file currently contains the following:

Personalities : [raid1]
md3 : active raid1 sda4[2](F) sdb4[1]
70211968 blocks [2/1] [_U]

md2 : active raid1 sda3[2](F) sdb3[1]
3903680 blocks [2/1] [_U]

md1 : active raid1 sda2[0] sdb2[1]
128448 blocks [2/2] [UU]

md0 : active raid1 sda1[0] sdb1[1]
3903680 blocks [2/2] [UU]

advance rma policies are nice.  5 year warranties are nicer.

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left 4 dead is awesome fun.

i wonder how well it will work at a lan party, how tournaments will work with it, etc.  with mpcon 24/g4g2 is a couple months away, these details should be sorted out by then.  maybe some co-op mode for fastest finish.  most zombies killed.  pistols only, etc.

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nvidia physics on a cheapie card?


nvidia claims you can use your “older” 8, 9, or 200-series video card for physics processing.  it doesn’t have to match your main video card.  only requirement is that it have 256mb of ram.

what if you don’t have a sli-enabled motherboard?  what if you want to do this with, let’s say, a pci or a pci-e 1x card 8400gs w/ 256mb ram?  anyone know if this works?

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for learnin and vpnin


with some help, i picked up a pix 506e for cheap.

following this article, i put a p3 800mhz cpu in that i had laying around.

first boot shows it at 600mhz.  neat.

Cisco PIX Firewall Version 6.3(5)
Cisco PIX Device Manager Version 3.0(4)
Compiled on Thu 04-Aug-05 21:40 by morlee
paranoid up 1 min 9 secs
Hardware:   PIX-506E, 256 MB RAM, CPU Pentium III 600 MHz
Flash E28F640J3 @ 0x300, 8MB
BIOS Flash AM29F400B @ 0xfffd8000, 32KB

threw a 256mb stick of pc-133 ram in.  single density double sided. it wouldn’t boot with double-density single sided.

hopefully i can get pixos upto v7.  hopefully we can set up a site-to-site vpn with work.  hopefully i can work out a usable understanding of the system and command sets.

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