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I’m using a Linux Mint system hooked to my TV to watch Netcasts from the Twit.tv network and other things. It’s built using an Thermaltake Armor 30 case and a Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB RAM, GFX 640 graphics, and a 250GB HD.
But the system is slow. So I’ve decided that the best approach would be to get a cheap SSD for it. I found a Refurbished 60GB SSD on Newegg for about $40. That should do the trick. Given there aren’t that many apps installed on the Linux system, it uses far less than 60GB, so the small size is no problem.
Migration to SSD
I don’t want to completely rebuild the system. I’d rather migrate it to the SSD. A forum post led me to using gparted to migrate the partitions from the 250GB hard drive to the SSD. Also, it seems best to test this scheme using a virtual machine before I actually migrate the system. One of the VMs I keep current is a Linux Mint 15 system in a 60GB VM disk on my Windows 7 system. I use Virtual Box.
After I did the experiments with the VM, I successfully migrated a 250GB HD – 9GB used- to a 60GB SSD with no problems using this scheme. Continue Reading
As I mentioned in my previous post, I just got a ZBox ID80, installed Linux Mint 12 and had some trouble with the sound. Turns out the problems were user error, but setting up sound was a little confusing.
So here’s what you might like to know to make sure your audio is working, at least for this hardware and Linux Mint 12. Continue Reading
After getting the Alienware machine, I found myself with an extra 20″ monitor and noticed that the Blue Diamond box was getting a little long in the tooth. It has been running Ubuntu 10 and while it works, it’s very slow. Time for an upgrade.
The Zotac Zbox ID80 plus was about $300 from newegg, and while they have versions that are with and without HDD and memory, the one I got had 2GB of ram and a 320GB HD. I didn’t really need the HD since I had one of that size, but the price really tossed that in for almost free. I did get 4GB of RAM for it for an additional $21. Continue Reading
Installed VirtualBox on Ubuntu x64. At first there was a problem: starting Guest hung system. But this problem was eventually found as a BIOS setting. Avoid enabling Limit CPUID MaxVal in BIOS when using VMM. Now system is working fine. At first, VBox installed from Ubuntu PPA, but then removed that and installed as per this page. Either would probably work fine since problem was BIOS setting.
Now have Ubuntu x86 and x86 guests running on x64 system.
Clean systems are now available for testing programs in both x86 and x64.
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Find the application at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/debipack/
Virtual Machine systems have been popular for servers for a few years now. They save big time $$ when setting up server rooms since most of the server systems in an IT shop aren’t that busy. But recently VM has become popular for desktop users. Many of the reasons we used to use “Dual-Boot” systems are much better served using VM. There are several reasons why you might want to run VM on your system:
- You have a windows system and want to run Ubuntu.
- You have a Mac and want to run Windows occasionally.
- You have Windows, or a Mac, and want to have a system where you can surf safely, for example to do your online banking.
- You are doing development and want to have a “clean” system for testing.
One of the most functional, and easiest to deploy, VM systems is VirtualBox. Now inside Oracle, this system was originally developed at Sun and is Open Source, and free. Microsoft has Windows Virtual PC, and you can run Windows XP or Ubuntu on your Vista or Windows 7 system. But of course, it has no support for Ubuntu or OS/X as a host, so why learn more than one system? I’m going to use Windows and Ubuntu systems as hosts, so I’ve chosen VirtualBox.
I’m trying to use Debreate 0.6.5-1 on Ubuntu 10.04 to build a package. I’m new to package building. Can you help with where I’m going wrong?
I have some comments on Debreate:
- I can’t find a tutorial. Looks like a great program. But it’s not obvious how to use it.
- I’d like an option that takes a whole tree – like Packin does – and builds the package from that. The features that are present look interesting, but are not clear and may not match my requirements, whereas, the Packin method would seem to work for all requirements.
- Does Debreate build a .desktop file, or require that you have one? If it builds one that’s great. But I couldn’t get that far since the build failed. Not clear how to do a build, or what those paths are. Error is obviously not very helpful.
- It’s complex to fill out all the tabs in Debreate, and I’m likely to want to build a package many times to test it. How about the ability to save ALL the information in the tabs to a file. I thought that’s what the control file was until I looked at it. Maybe the control file could contain “Comments” that contained the rest of the information if the control file is for something else. Maybe the control file is used by the package installer, but that was never clear, since the use of Debreate appears to assume that I know all about packages before I start.
Update: Restart to clear the error below and then install the [recommended] driver. All is well as far as I can tell.
Using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Zotac GeForce 9300 Motherboard
attempted to install the [recommended] choice and it failed.
With a previous install, this worked, but then system failed to start graphics when it rebooted. But that system used to have an AMD video graphics driver installed, so I reinstalled the entire system and now this occurs.
How can I clean out the “archives” and try this again?
Thermaltake SD100 Case
The Jetway Atom D525 based system is running with Ubuntu 10.04.
The goals for the system are:
- Employ an Intel Atom D525 processor – a high performance dual processor system.
- Employ an Nvidia ION2 graphics processor designed for high performance netbooks / nettops. With DVI and HDMI display outputs.
- Support DDR2 memory, so that I could use memory parts I already have rather than purchasing new DDR3 SODIMM memory.
- Have a nice case with an internal power supply rather than an external power supply.
- Run Ubuntu.
- Use regionset to set the region code if it’s not set.
- Use gxine, which is a more robust dvd player application.
- Now it plays most protected DVDs as well as unprotected ones.
Just installed Ubuntu 10.04 x64 on a mini-ITX system and would like to play DVDs. I’d like to use this as an entertainment system.
It plays non-protected DVDs just fine.
I have followed instructions here:
Including the part about chmod chgrp in the trouble shooting part.
But protected DVDs give me this error:
Here’s the package manager showing what’s installed that might be relevant:
DVD_Packages_installed (click for larger)
Any clues about what might be wrong?