Author Topic: Fettled any computer stuff today?  (Read 140836 times)

Kim

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1250 on: 06 March, 2021, 05:35:29 pm »
Following on from the disastrous upgrade to pfSense 2.5.0, I have performed a fresh install using ZFS as the filesystem, restored the configuration from backup (which went flawlessly, hurrah!) and created snapshots of the working system.

At least if another upgrade goes wrong I should be able to roll back the changes next time.
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Morat

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1251 on: 06 March, 2021, 10:11:31 pm »
Not a fettle so much as a rescue. I was to blame, of course. Lucky it was a Saturday...

We're still using Zimbra at work, running on a Centos 7 VM. I'm due to migrate to O365 but I'll be sad to see Zimbra go. But the VM is full. So full, in fact, that the root drive filled to the last byte and it fell over. Cue a phone call from my PFY who doesn't really understand email and views it with much the same bemused condescension as he would a postcard.
A bit of panic later, I was able to run xfs_repair -L which prompts all sorts of scary warnings about pending transactions being deleted. It booted fine.
Then I deleted a load of backups and it had tons of spare space.
I have already increased the disk size twice so I'm up to the max of four primary partitions and further extension is more "dangerous" although dangerous by linux standards barely registers on the Windows scale of "reboot and pray" IME.

I guess it's time to be assimilated.
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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1252 on: 10 March, 2021, 03:29:26 pm »
Following on from the disastrous upgrade to pfSense 2.5.0, I have performed a fresh install using ZFS as the filesystem, restored the configuration from backup (which went flawlessly, hurrah!) and created snapshots of the working system.

At least if another upgrade goes wrong I should be able to roll back the changes next time.

I've deferred upgrading to 2.5 for now. Had a trawl through the open issues and figured too much stuff will be broken (Gateway groups/traffic shaping IIRC).
pfSense VM is backed up nightly to ZFS storage, with 21 days worth of snapshots retained, and restored to the backup server as a sort of poor-persons luke warm high availability. Oh and the config is backedup daily too. All belts and braces.
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Kim

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1253 on: 10 March, 2021, 05:42:21 pm »
Yeah, it was the traffic shaping that broke the config restore.

Mine's running on an APU4, and while I have a sufficiency of config backups, and figured any hardware failure would result in some screwdriver work and possibly a clean install, I hadn't really considered what happens if you aren't able to restore the config.

To that end I've archived the install image of the running version (as it appears they disappear from the website with each release), and set up the ZFS stuff for ease of rolling back errant upgrades.

2.5.0 seems to have fixed the bug where it would occasionally get itself into a state with no IPv4 default route, which is a major improvement.  It's still counting outbound bytes on the WAN interface twice (seems to be PPPoE related).  Lots of traffic shaper stuff has changed, and tbh I never fully wrapped my head around traffic shaping in the first place.  I've got a simple PRIQ setup that serves to prioritise ACKs and VOIP, and de-prioritise offsite backups and P2P, which are the only things that really matter for us.

There doesn't seem to be an elegant way to do L2TP failover to AAISP, as the tunnel takes priority over the DSL at their end.  Not that that's really a problem, as we've got a PAYG SIM that would need manually topping-up before non-trivial use anyway.  For now I'm leaving the L2TP interface disabled, in lieu of "enable this interface but keep it down unless brought up manually".
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Morat

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1254 on: 03 May, 2021, 05:30:00 pm »
I finally got round to updating my personal Nextcloud install. It probably wasn't a good idea to put it on an elderly 32bit Synology NAS but that was all that work had going spare...

I still can't get imagick installed, and the cron tasks last ran 7 months ago, so there's still a bit to do.
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Jaded

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1255 on: 21 May, 2021, 07:18:23 pm »
Just fixed a php routine that had been bugging me (and the server).

I know not a lot about php, so I'm quite chuffed.  ;D
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1256 on: 21 May, 2021, 10:27:11 pm »
After a great deal of faffing about Professor Larrington and I have managed to persuade Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.)'s Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia dimwitted Alexa thing to start talking to the Internets again.
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Kim

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1257 on: 22 May, 2021, 12:41:05 am »
After a great deal of faffing about Professor Larrington and I have managed to persuade Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.)'s Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia dimwitted Alexa thing to start talking to the Internets again.

Are you sure that's wise?  As opposed to, say, burying it in concrete...
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1258 on: 22 May, 2021, 11:14:58 am »
After a great deal of faffing about Professor Larrington and I have managed to persuade Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.)'s Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia dimwitted Alexa thing to start talking to the Internets again.

Are you sure that's wise?  As opposed to, say, burying it in concrete...

He does find it quite useful for reading audiobooks at him, since he ent able to read electronic or dead tree books any more.
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CommuteTooFar

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1259 on: 09 June, 2021, 07:30:30 pm »
Today I installed a new processor and graphics card in my main computer.  Nothing is straight forward.

Problem 1.  Removing the old graphics card was really awkward. I could not find the release clip in the dark space between the card and the cpu cooler.  Eventually I found a torch and I was enlightened and pressed the lit up lever and the card popped out.

Problem 2.  Went to stick the card in but it would not fit.  So removed the back cover so I could access some empty drive trays and removed them.  The card could then be put in my case.  Old card had single 8-pin power connector the new card wanted two.  So I went looking through my modular power supply cables for another vga cable.  Found one with two heads at the card end so I decided to replace the currently connected cable wth this one.  After I removed the cable  from the psu I noticed this was also two headed cable. The third end had been pushed out of the way so I did not notice this.  So I reattached the original cable to power supply in the same place I had removed it from amd pushed the two cable though the wiring 'gromit' between the back and frontside of the case. Harder to do because there is now a big graphics card in the way.  I pull them through and connect them to the card.

Problem 3.  I start the computer it comes up as expected.  A couple of programs fail to start.  Another has lost all its settings. I looked at control panel the hardware is working. I was puzzled.  Then I realised I had one less drive than I should have,  The SSD with "My Documents" was not there. I open the back side again, notice a dislodged data cable, pushed it back in, pressed start and everything is back to normal. Actually a little faster.


woollypigs

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1260 on: 04 August, 2021, 12:42:14 am »
Installed a SSD on old laptop. Them wee keyboard cables/bus things are a right old faff to get back in, aren't they?

I was sure I was smart as I created a recovery stick to re-install everything. Laptop needed a good clean up/rebuild anyway.

Just that I've forgotten that this laptop started life as an Acer with ALL the bloatware and win8.

So tomorrow it will be installed with a clean version of win10  Feck if I'm going to spend time removing all that junk.
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woollypigs

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1261 on: 04 August, 2021, 10:53:26 am »
Why doesn't win10's talky thing understand "SHUT UP !!!" ?

It just started to talk at me while installing a fresh copy, with the volume set to loud, the wee little bugger.

I'm only going to use these talky things when they understand that.
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Kim

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1262 on: 04 August, 2021, 11:42:28 am »
<Ctrl> is the standard button for telling screenreaders to shut up.  No doubt Microsoft do their own thing.
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Pingu

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1263 on: 05 September, 2021, 12:27:15 pm »
Trying to get Logitech Media Server to see what's attached to a USB port on the router. The router thinks it's G:\ drive. I can navigate to it using Windows Extorter (This PC\Archer_VR900\Browse Folders\sda\Music) and play FLACs with VLC.

Other than that I'm a bit stuck  :(

Feanor

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1264 on: 05 September, 2021, 02:31:05 pm »
Has it ever worked?
Could be SMB version hell.

Pingu

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1265 on: 05 September, 2021, 02:50:58 pm »
Never tried before.

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1266 on: 05 September, 2021, 03:11:06 pm »
I haven't backed-up any data on my desktop or laptop. I am thinking of buying a couple of SSDs
for the job. Would backing up the (windows 10) operating system to the external drives be as easy
as doing it for other files on the machines?

Pingu

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1267 on: 05 September, 2021, 06:24:03 pm »
Trying to get Logitech Media Server to see what's attached to a USB port on the router. The router thinks it's G:\ drive. I can navigate to it using Windows Extorter (This PC\Archer_VR900\Browse Folders\sda\Music) and play FLACs with VLC.

Other than that I'm a bit stuck  :(


Has it ever worked?
Could be SMB version hell.

Got it. Went to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off, then tick SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support.

It remains to be seen whether this buggers anything else up.

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1268 on: Today at 02:39:47 pm »
I haven't backed-up any data on my desktop or laptop. I am thinking of buying a couple of SSDs
for the job. Would backing up the (windows 10) operating system to the external drives be as easy
as doing it for other files on the machines?
A few months ago we replaced the house desktop, because the old one had become painfully slow & occasionally froze. I told Mrs B that it might be fixable, but she insisted on a new one, so we got something with a shiny new NVMe SSD, & she was happy. Impressively fast starting up, loading software & closing down.

This left us with a spare PC which I thought was probably OK but for the HDD, & might do as a spare & for when we both wanted to use one - & we both prefer a proper keyboard & screen. So I bought a SATA SSD & cloned the HDD to it, after removing extraneous data & software then wiping all the free space.

Pretty easy. Just follow the destructions online. After I swapped over the drives, it started up with impressive speed (not quite as fast as the new one, but slower processor, slower RAM, & SATA vs NVMe . . . . ), & has been running happily ever since.

The old drive's been reformatted & is now in the new PC's spare drive bay, used for backups. Had some bad sectors. Not sure if that was all, but it's working fine at the moment.

The SATA SSD is a Kioxia (formerly Toshiba's memory division, & still 40% owned by Toshiba) from their 'Upgrader' range. Rather cheap. I have an old Toshiba external HDD which has been utterly reliable for several years, which influenced me, & the reviews reckoned it was good value & performance was reasonable - & it was only for the spare. Available in 240, 480 & 960 GB. There seem to be plenty of others out there which would also do the job, though.

Also - Windows lets you do image backups.
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