Author Topic: Fettled any computer stuff today?  (Read 101614 times)

Maverick

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1100 on: March 09, 2020, 08:16:47 am »
Ron - I've recently decommissioned a microserver that had its PSU replaced 6 months beforehand - if you want the PSU (free) let me know. I scrapped most of it but kept the PSU.

Feanor

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1101 on: March 09, 2020, 06:09:17 pm »
I've sent you a PM...

Feanor

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1102 on: March 12, 2020, 07:34:09 pm »
And the server is restored to it's normal state, with all it's entrails contained within it as nature intended.

Thanks to Maverick for the PSU.

<Mops eyes: I do love a happy ending. (Settle down at the back!)>

CommuteTooFar

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1103 on: March 18, 2020, 08:32:49 pm »
I tried to upgrade my ssd today but I failed.  I inserted the 1TB Seagate Firecuda 810 into an Icybox and plugged it into a usb port.  Windows could see the new drive.  I bought a copy of Acronus Disk Director 12.5 to clone the old drive.  I grabbed a usb key drive and used Disk Director's media creator tool to make a bootable usb device.  Except it wasn't. I could not get it to boot.  Eventually I noticed that the USB had been formatted to exFat not FAT32. Almost the same but not quite.  So I re-partitioned the usb thumb drive to less than 32GB and formatted it as FAT32. This time I succesfully made a bootable version of Disk Director and it displayed all my drives including the boot disk with windows 10 I wanted to clone/expand and the new Firecuda ready to have the new copy.  The plan clone the Samsung EVO 500mb NVMe drive to the Firecuda then swap the Firecuda into the NVMe slot finally boot with the new drive and lots of free space.   At this point I discover that Disk Director 12.5 cannot clone GPT partitioned disks.

I was very disappointed I think I used a system with GPT over ten years ago. It is now the default with all modern UEFI bios systems.

     

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1104 on: March 18, 2020, 09:04:30 pm »
Got all my domestic engineering done over the weekend, and started winding down ready to design a leaflet for a local campaigning organisation.
I'm outside vaping and I realise there's no Internet.

I venture into the cave and find the server has switched itself off. I turn it on. It boots to BIOS. The boot disk is missing from the list of SATA devices.
I breath a heavy sigh. I have had two SSDs on a shelf for a long time waiting for me to rebuild the boot disk onto redundant software RAID (MDADM). Looks like I didn't get around to it in time.
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vorsprung

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1105 on: March 19, 2020, 09:24:50 am »
The home working set up is now 100%

I have two big dell monitors, headset, video splitter to drive the two screens, USB-C gadget to make my Mac book attach to everything, bluetooth keyboard/mouse

And an electric heater
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SoreTween

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1106 on: March 19, 2020, 08:42:58 pm »
I breath a heavy sigh. I have had two SSDs on a shelf for a long time waiting for me to rebuild the boot disk onto redundant software RAID (MDADM). Looks like I didn't get around to it in time.
Which version of Linux are you using?  I couldn't find a way to get Mint to boot off RAID so I'm currently using a small non-raid boot partition with RAID1 for the bulk.  I'm not happy with that so I've bought an Adaptec 6405 hardware raid controller off ebay.  T'was only £15 though that doubles once you add a genuine Adaptec cable plus a few quid more for the generic SFF-8087 to SATA cable that doesn't work.
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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1107 on: March 19, 2020, 11:32:33 pm »
Which version of Linux are you using?  I couldn't find a way to get Mint to boot off RAID
grub2 supports both lvm and software raid1; I'm booting Debian stable that way (lvm on md raid1) but I would expect any relatively recent Linux to work. I have a md raid1 array built from gpt partitions, on the raid1 I have lvm, and then I have lvm partitions for / and /home (I don't use a separate /boot). One complication is that I'm using uefi and things didn't work if the /boot/efi partition was on raid, so I have a small efi partition on each of my raid1 disks but only one is mounted on boot.

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1108 on: March 20, 2020, 10:04:54 am »
[One complication is that I'm using uefi and things didn't work if the /boot/efi partition was on raid, so I have a small efi partition on each of my raid1 disks but only one is mounted on boot.
To clarify, this restriction exists because the efi partition is accessed by the motherboard firmware and the firmware doesn't understand linux filesystems, that's why the efi partition contains a vfat filesystem. The firmware loads grub from the efi partition, then grub boots linux from software raid.

CommuteTooFar

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1109 on: March 20, 2020, 11:22:01 am »
Downloading visual studio community edition. If the disk tool I buy does not do what I want I will write my own. Tricky.  I am good at drivers but user level stuff is scary to me :-)

DaveJ

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1110 on: March 20, 2020, 02:58:20 pm »
At this point I discover that Disk Director 12.5 cannot clone GPT partitioned disks.

I was very disappointed I think I used a system with GPT over ten years ago. It is now the default with all modern UEFI bios systems.   

Macrium Reflect can, even the free version.

I used TrueImage Echo for years, but I had progressively more problems with Acronnis software, and gave up on them and use Macrium Reflect now.

Dave

CommuteTooFar

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1111 on: March 20, 2020, 06:45:15 pm »
At this point I discover that Disk Director 12.5 cannot clone GPT partitioned disks.

I was very disappointed I think I used a system with GPT over ten years ago. It is now the default with all modern UEFI bios systems.   

Macrium Reflect can, even the free version.

I used TrueImage Echo for years, but I had progressively more problems with Acronnis software, and gave up on them and use Macrium Reflect now.

Dave

I downloaded Seagate's disk software and used that to clone the ssd.  I unplugged the 'puter and put it on its side. I removed the graphics card to access to the NVME slot. Removed the Samsung EVO and replaced it with the Seagate Firecuda. Replaced the graphics card and and tempered glass side. Placed the computer back on the floor. Connected the cables and switched on. It booted up and I am writing this message. Job done.


Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1112 on: March 24, 2020, 07:00:52 pm »
Ordered a Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB version).

Daughter has a Pi 3 (1GB) at the moment and Kano (the OS) has moved on and many bits are a bit slow due to bumping up against the available memory, 4GB (and the improved processor) should make it fly for Scratch and Minecraft.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1113 on: March 24, 2020, 07:05:22 pm »
Having passed my laptop to a friend who is now unemployed so he can job hunt, I have now set up my QuietPC desktop system in the Media Lounge connected to the big smart tv.

Very happy.   :D

CommuteTooFar

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1114 on: March 26, 2020, 11:57:24 am »
I moved the unused Sony SRS-ZP1000 active speakers from my computer to the family computer.  2 x 13cm x 34cm x 20cm has cleared a lot of room on my desk. Looks really odd at the moment. A great sound improvement to the speakers in the monitor of the family computer.

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1115 on: March 31, 2020, 01:12:11 pm »
Ordered a Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB version).

Daughter has a Pi 3 (1GB) at the moment and Kano (the OS) has moved on and many bits are a bit slow due to bumping up against the available memory, 4GB (and the improved processor) should make it fly for Scratch and Minecraft.

It finally arrived (a week after being posted Royal Mail Tracked 24) and I realised that the only USB-C cable I have is the one that powers my work laptop so I've ordered one (and a couple of adapters from MicroUSB) and a case (which I forgot to get last time). Hopefully this lot will arrive sooner (although it's hardly urgent).
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."