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Thinkpad 600x Win XP install
2004-06-12 17:45:18 by pablo
I found that win XP home installed just fine and dandy and seemed to detect everything, but if I put the machine into standby and resumed afterwards, the screen would just be grey vertical lines. You could still shut the machine down by pressing the appropriate keys, so it wasn't crashed. The onl

Thinkpad 600 error 8611
2004-06-11 19:48:28 by pablo
I recently upgraded my aging Thinkpad 600 (P2 266Mhz) to a 600X (P3 500MHz). This upgrade involved buying a 500X base off ebay, and taking the screen, keyboard, hard drive, battery, cdrom etc off the old 600 and attaching it to the 600X base. It all worked reasonably well. However, that left me w

Articles - Linux

Pablos User Mode Linux notes
2005-03-26 04:21:08 by pablo
These are basically notes for myself in getting it all installed and running. Download a linux kernel source. These docs will generally refer to a 2.4.20 kernel. Extract in somewhere (ie. not in /usr/src) and rename it to something like uml-2.4.20 Patch the kernel with something like: cd

mkisofs 2gb problem
2005-02-19 03:47:04 by pablo
Having just put a DVD burner on a linux box I tried something like: growisofs -Z /dev/hdd -R -J backup_bigger_than_2gb.tar.gz and it didn't work. It spat out some 'file too large' error. Then I tried doing a udf filesystem one: growisofs -Z /dev/hdd -udf backup_bigger_than_2gb.tar.gz

VMware daemon howto
2004-12-07 16:23:34 by pablo
Below is an old copy of the Vmware-Daemon howto I found. Trying this in 2004, I found I needed to run Xvfb with a -pixdepth 32 option as well. VMware-Daemon-mini-HOWTO Written and copyright 2002 by Jimmy Kaplowitz. All rights reserved. Verbatim copying is permitted without restriction or fe

New Pixelview PlayTV Pro cards with linux
2004-08-23 04:22:05 by pablo
Its August 2004. A few months ago I bought a Pixelview PlayTV Pro card as its cheap here in NZ and is well supported under linux. Its your standard BT878 card and most references to the card suggest (for this part of the world) it has a Philips BG tuner (type=5 under linux). Its an easy to setup car

My Linux PVR
2004-08-23 03:51:35 by pablo
These are some notes on how I've setup my own Linux PVR system. Hardware I use a simple Celeron 2ghz system with 196mb of ram. I don't think it needs that much ram. I also have a Flyvideo 98 TV card. Picture quality is really so ... so. There are always vertical inference lines, but its not too

vi copy and paste
2004-06-30 18:35:39 by pablo
See this reference here. But basics are: Cut and Paste position cursor at start of block and press md move cursor to end of block and press d'd Move to where you want to paste to and press p or P Copy and Paste

Recreate index on truncated divx file
2004-04-18 16:31:58 by pablo
ffmpeg -i infile.avi -acodec copy -vcodec copy outfile.avi Fast forwarding may be a bit weird though. I think it loses key frames or some such.

Configuring network cards in Debian
2004-01-29 23:31:18 by pablo
Quick notes: You didn't set up a network card during your debian woody install. To get it all to work: - edit /etc/modules and add the name of the module used by your network card - edit /etc/network/interfaces. Here's what mine looks like: auto lo eth0 iface lo inet loopbac

Getting around bash oddities (for ksh folk)
2003-12-06 21:23:13 by pablo
BASH has some major oddities for long term ksh users. If like me you do things like: t=0 cat somefile |while read a b c do t=$((t+a+b+c)) done echo "total thing is $t" And also: echo $((12+34)) | read var then you'll get quite pissed off with bash because no

Problems compiling SDL 1.2.6
2003-11-22 19:22:55 by pablo
Some quick notes. Not problem with comping SDL 1.2.6 on slackware 8.1. Got an error like: automake: configure.in: required file `./depcomp' not found Googled, and found some german page, but had some commands: aclocal autoheader automake --gnu --add-missing --copy autoc

Motif Example: Create simple dialog box
2003-11-11 18:30:40 by pablo
To compile this (lets say you call it motmess.c): gcc -I/usr/X11R6/include -L/usr/X11R6/lib -lXm -lXt -lX11 -o motmess motmess.c The -lXt and -lX11 probably aren't entirely nescessary. Here it is: #include <X11/Intrinsic.h> #include <Xm/Xm.h> #include <Xm/PushB.h> #

Statically and dynamically linking at the same time
2003-11-11 01:04:36 by pablo
Twas mucking around with some sample lesstif programs and I kinda wondered how you make a program that is statically linked with lesstif, but dynamically linked with everything else: gcc -I/usr/X11R6/include -L/usr/X11R6/lib -o d2 d2.c \ /usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.a -lXt -lX11 By explicitly

Setting up Opera with anti-aliased fonts
2003-11-01 17:18:55 by pablo
I've been using Mozilla as my linux browser most of the time. It understands most sites pretty well, and on my slackware 9.0/gnome 2.2 setup it renders nice smooth anti-aliased fonts. I recently downloaded the latest opera 7.21 for linux, and was curious as to why it didn't do anti-aliasing, tho

Simple Perl random play script
2003-11-01 04:01:15 by pablo
#!/usr/bin/perl print "random play\n"; open (F,"ls|"); $x=1; while (<F>) { chomp; $track[$x] = "$_"; $played[$x++] = 0; } $num_played=0; while (1) { if (($num_played+1) eq $x) { exit; } do { $s = int(rand $x); } while ($played[$s] ne 0);

thttpd virtual hosts
2003-09-05 21:24:39 by pablo
thttpd supports virtual hosts ... kind of. In the document directory you create directories corresponding to the hostnames you want to host: drwxr-xr-x ..... -> www.thing.com drwxr-xr-x ..... www.thing.com drwxr-xr-x ..... www.other.com Then make sure you run th

dselect alternative
2003-09-05 21:24:23 by pablo
You might want to try out "aptitude" instead of "dselect". "Aptitude" is available for Debian in a packaged form; just type 'apt-get install aptitude'. Both are similar in terms that they are full-screen (n)curses console applications, but "aptitude" resembles more those old MS-DOS-ba

Howto: Setup realtek 8139 + Compact Flash adapter on Thinkpad 600
2003-09-04 17:50:54 by pablo
I have an old Thinkpad 600. Not long after I got it I bought a very generic 10/100Mbps Cardbus LAN card for it from Dick Smith Electronics here in NZ. This was in the era of linux 2.4 kernels. I was pleasantly surprised that simply by enabled PCMCIA and Cardbus support in the kernel and having the R

Compiling Apache, mod_perl, php with DSO
2003-08-20 21:18:17 by pablo
There is a good linke here but if it disappears, the main steps I took are below. This was attempted with apache 1.3.27, mod_perl 1.27 and php 4.2.3 Explode all three source tars. Do mod_perl fi

Linux - Small Footprint install
2003-06-30 17:57:06 by pablo
So why do I need 1gb to install a linux system? I realise that (within 6 months) 80gb hard drives will be the smallest hard drive that your money can buy, but it still seems a waste. In the past I have installed what I thought were cut down Slackware installs; picking the minimum of install optio

Firewall example script
2003-05-29 00:25:42 by pablo
#!/bin/sh # # For a system to function as a firewall the kernel has to be told to forward # packets between interfaces, i.e., it needs to be a router. Since # you'll save the running config with 'iptables-save' for RedHat to reinstate # at the next boot IP fordarding must be enabled by other

Building Slackware into UML
2003-03-28 20:14:10 by pablo
Building a root Slackware filesystem from scratch for the User-Mode Linux through loopback devices -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by Dallachiesa Michele, xenion (at) acidlife (dot) com 05/11/2002 1. Overview 2.

User Mode Linux Notes
2003-03-21 16:41:27 by pablo
To use the SKAS patch in the host system you need to put CONFIG_PROC_MM=y into your .config file and recompile the kernel To compile it: - go to the website and follow the compiling instructions To get rid of the xterms start the uml with : linux ubd0=root_fs con=pty con0=fd:0,fd:1

Linux Serial Console
2002-11-20 21:50:25 by pablo
Blah My internet gateway was operating fine without a monitor connected, but for unknown reasons it would occasionally not boot up, so I'd have to hook up a monitor and keyboard and see what was going on. Usually, it had gotten stuck around the 'INIT' phase. I think it has something to do with set

2002-11-18 11:27:15 by pablo
Introduction I've always liked the idea of having a seperate internet gateway system or proxy server. When you have a few systems networked together, such a setup is quite useful. I recently upgraded to a higher speed ISP connection. It is a terrestrial microwave connection. The basics of it are:

How to do Apache Redirects
2002-11-16 13:04:52 by pablo
Blah Blha Rather than use meta tags to redirect someone to a different page, if you use an Apache web server (and your admin allows you to use .htaccess files) you can do a proper http redirect to a different page. Say when someone goes to www.blah.com/oldstuff you want them redirected to htt

Articles - Linux - ADSL

Alcatel SpeedTouch USB under Linux
2002-11-18 11:24:41 by pablo
Yet another Alcatel SpeedTouch USB for Linux HOWTO Introduction There are now quite a few HOWTOs for this on the net, but most deal with using older linux kernels. My HOWTO is written in Spetember 2001 and deals with using a 2.4.7 kernel. I've performed all the compilation on a Slackware 8.0 syste

StingLin (v0.4)
2002-11-18 11:22:42 by pablo
News 12.1.2002 v0.4 I've finally updated it. The 0.3 version was based on the 2.4.7 kernal. I've now used a 2.4.17 kernel. The ppp over atm patch is now incorporated into the kernel. Other changes are iptables 1.2.4 compiled as a single executable. ReiserFS has been ditched in favour

StingLin Alcatel SPeedtouch USB Firewall for Linux
2002-11-17 09:45:32 by pablo
News 25.10.2002 v0.6 Now running on a 2.4.19 kernel. I've ditched the official Alcatel driver as I think Benoit Papillault's driver works better. Openssh is now at v3.4p1. I'm now using rudimentary hotplugging to detect the modem. There's a real cron daemon. I'm using a normal SySV init

Articles - Linux - Networking
Subnetting, Proxy Arp and TFTP
2002-11-18 11:22:20 by pablo
BAckground Elsewhere on this site are notes about setting up diskless X terminals from old PCs. All these experiments were done with the BOOTP/TFTP/NFS server on the same subnet as the diskless client. This all worked fine. But I now have a subnetted home network and was eager to try to set

Articles - Linux - Thin Client
Hotswap BIOS flashing and network boot ROMs
2004-08-30 02:06:49 by pablo
Disclaimer None of the information on this web page comes with any warranty of any kind. Read the full Disclaimer for more information. What is Hotswap BIOS flashing Just about all motherboards come with the ability to flash their own BIOS rom. The p

Netier NetXpress SL2000
2004-03-31 01:57:50 by pablo
Some notes: Seems to work if I supply +5V (red) and +12V(yellow). Still haven't worked out what the blue wire is. The DiskOnChip MD2200-D48 is a 48mb part. Details are at www.m-sys.com. There are some DOS tools that you can put on a floppy for formatting etc. There is a Tr

Netier NetXpress SL2000 Notes
2004-01-29 23:28:36 by pablo
These are just some preliminary notes about the NetXpress SL2000. I have recently acquired one of these units minus a power supply ... and any documentation. Information on the net is sparse to non-existent. The SL2000 is a tiny socket 7 based PC. Usually used as a thin client, it has all the gu

Using VNC in inetd mode
2003-09-24 22:25:57 by pablo
These are just brief notes on setting up VNC in inetd mode. It essentially gives you these key features: 1. Users connect to the same server:screen all the time 2. A new 'screen' is automatically allocated when the user connects 3. The user's session is killed when they disconnect (som

win4lin Integration
2002-11-18 11:22:32 by pablo
Disclaimer I disclaim any responsibility for your actions as a result of reading this Introduction Its March 2001. My brother has asked me to investigate a way to avoid having to upgrade a bunch of old PCs ... because they are starting to seem slow. Being a linux enthusiast I suggested the win4

Articles - Linux - CD
Linux Boot CDs (kernel 2.4 notes)
2003-12-09 03:28:38 by pablo
News 9 Dec 2003 - mplayer CD is now at 0.03. Only change is that isolinux is at v2.07. 28 Sept 2003 - I've updated the mplayer CD to 0.02. This should work on nonMMX machines (albeit slowly). There are also a few more sound drivers and isa-pnp support Making Linux Boot CDs using kernel

Making Bootable Linux CDs (kernel 2.2)
2003-09-14 21:02:42 by pablo
Introduction These are some discussion notes about my endeavours in creating a bootable CD. The main outcome of all this is my 'Pauls Boot CD'. There is an atypical page describing it here. Why put linux on a bootable CD? It means being able to take a usea

2002-11-18 11:23:16 by pablo
... or Pauls Boot CD is effectively a toolkit for making Linux boot CDs. It sets up a basic framework with some scripts that should simplify the process of creating a bootable CD. What to do First download it from here. Extract it into a direct

Articles - Linux - Installation
Mimimal Slackware Installation (v7.1)
2002-11-18 11:23:45 by pablo
Introduction This is for those people that have been told that Slackware is not as bloated as other distributions , but have performed a default 'Install all' and been disappointed that it still uses over a gig like those 'other' more popular distributions. If you be a bit more selective you c

Articles - Emulation
ePSX Hints
2002-11-18 11:21:24 by pablo
Firstly, v1.2.0 of this emulator is rather good. It runs too fast on my Duron 800/TNT2 Pro machine. I had to go to the FAQ to work out how to slow it down. Rather cool. These are my current settings for using the 1.2.0 version of ePSXe: Video - 'Petes OpenGL Driver 1.38'. just using the defaul

Articles - Solaris
Motif password prompt and launcher
2004-02-10 22:13:25 by pablo
This is based off some Motif sample code for a password dialog (the link is on my links page somewhere). I just added some bits that will check the password against root's (it doesn't have to be root's) and then setuid to 0 and launch an xterm. ie. Its basically a graphical su command (NB: You'll ne

A chroot wrapper
2004-02-10 21:06:35 by pablo
This code is mostly the same as that shown in some NCSA web server doco. It chroots and switches to an ordinary user. /** wrapper BEGINS **/ #include #include #include #include void main( int argc, char *argv

Articles - Over/Underclocking
Duron Overclocking
2002-11-18 11:26:31 by pablo
In September 2000, I purchased a Duron 600 and MSI-6330 with the key aim of overclocking it. At that time the MSI-6330 motherboard didn't really have that much going for it as an overclocking board. Sure you could up the CPU core voltage by 0.05Volts and the FSB was fully adjustable in 1MHz st

Articles - Psion
Psion 5mx Mobile Phone Internet
2004-02-15 00:32:42 by pablo
Just some quick notes on setting up the Psion 5mx to access the internet through infrared on a Nokia 6610. These notes are specific to using vodafone in New Zealand. Hopefully you have already set up an Access Point (APN) on your phone. In my case the access point was named 'GPRS Internet', an

PPP direct with a Psion 5
2003-09-05 21:16:55 by pablo
This article describes how to connect your Psion 5 to your linux PC which already has some form of active internet connection. Effectively it makes your PC appear as a modem to the Psion and piggy backs onto the existing internet connection. I used slirp for this

Articles - Programming
popen C code example
2003-09-05 21:25:20 by pablo
/* * Copyright (C) 1998, by Sun Microsystems, Inc. * All Rights Reserved */ #pragma ident "@(#)popen_printer_list.c 1.2 98/05/11 SMI" #include #include main(int ac, char *av[]) { FILE *fp; if ((fp = pop

Articles - Redmond
Get rid of Windows XP login screen
2004-12-07 21:26:54 by pablo
Windows XP - solution 1: * Select Run from the Start Menu, type control userpasswords2, and click Ok. * Turn off the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer option, and click Ok. ref

windows 2000 msgina.dll error
2003-09-26 21:02:01 by pablo
Problem : When you start win2k on or after installing SP3 you get an error "The Login User Interface DLL msgina.dll failed to load". You're only option is to restart Solution Boot off the win2k install CD Press 'R' Press 'C' to get a console prompt and enter the administrator password

Installing Windows 98SE on an ASUS A7N266-VM
2003-09-26 21:01:50 by pablo
This Socket A motherboard from ASUS is very good value for money when you consider that it has GeForce2 like graphics thrown in. ASUS's instruction manual for the board is atypical of your brief motherboard manuals, but it seems like they made the board primarily with Windows 2000 and Windows XP in

Articles - Hardware
How much can you fit on a CDR/CDRW?
2004-12-17 23:29:19 by pablo
For reference: A 74 minute CDR can hold: audio 783,216,000 mode1 681,984,000 mode2 777,888,000 An 80 minute CDR can hold audio 846,720,000 mode1 737,280,000 mode2 840,960,000 Mode1 is normal CDROM format.

Fixing a dead Seagate 80gb drive
2004-12-05 12:24:42 by pablo
In case this helps someone else: A colleague was given a broken PC. They were told that the power supply had blown, and the owner decided to buy a whole new PC rather than bother to fix it. I was asked to to try to get it to go. I tried a different ATX power supply and after some false starts

Articles - TRU64
TRU64 : Show SCSI info
2005-02-14 20:08:08 by pablo
TRU64 : show SCSI configuration scu show edt AND/OR hdmgr -show scsi -full

2005-02-14 17:50:43 by pablo
You can do LSM on top of ordinary disks or on top of what looks like Veritas Volume Manager. The veritas stuff is exactly the same as a normal Veritas box, except change the 'vx' at the start of a command to 'vol': volprint -ht voldisk list volrecover -sb volreattach <

Articles - tivo
Using the tivo remote as a sorta universal remote
2005-04-16 20:56:34 by pablo
Before you get too excited, this'll probably only work on a series 1 tivo, and its aimed mainly at the Oztivo and NZtivo people. Like a lot of technology nerds, my lounge room is full of remote controls. There's the TV, the surround amp, the DVD player, the xbox and tivo remotes. The tivo is the