On Tue, 20 Sep 2011, stripes theotoky <stripes.theotoky(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
> I'm looking at this as a replacement laptop.
> Does anyone have any experience of running Linux on it?
> Is there support for VT-x in the bios.
> I am hoping to configure it as Linux with Windows 7 64 running in Virtual
Thinkpads are generally good for what they are, but modern laptops suck
because they seem to be designed to compete with desktop systems - and the
Thinkpad W series seems to be one of the worst in this regard.
Modern laptops can't run on your lap because they either have passive cooling
in the base through a metal shell (like Macs) or cooling vents (like
Thinkpads). They also can't run at high speed when closed (so you can't close
the lid after starting a big compile) because the keyboard is used as part of
the system cooling.
The one you are looking at has an NVidia graphics controller which means it
will either be slow or have a binary-only kernel module. I expect that KVM
will work as it works on my Thinkpad T61 and I haven't heard reports of
regressions in such things. I haven't tried running Windows under KVM though.
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Oct 9 12:29:12 jdc postfix/cleanup: 50CC118074A6F: milter-reject: END-OF-MESSAGE from lists2.luv.asn.au[220.127.116.11]: 5.7.1 rejected due to DKIM ADSP evaluation; from=<luv-main-bounces(a)lists.luv.asn.au> to=<jason(a)jasonjgw.net> proto=ESMTP helo=<tainted.luv.asn.au>
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The only other error in the logs in these instances is "rejected per sender
I'm running OpenDKIM here and I haven't touched the configuration of OpenDKIM,
Postfix, Bind (or anything else).
The problem appears to be gone now anyway. It resulted in temporary suspension
I have an issue with some memory that has me stumped.
Due to an upgrade, I had 4x1GB sticks of RAM spare, so I figured I'd put
these into another machine of mine that currently only has 1 GB total.
(It's a little ITX board for media playback)
However, after putting the new RAM in, the machine won't boot Ubuntu
reliably, and memtest+ on the Ubuntu install disc shows up lots of
memory errors. The memory was also *extremely* hot when I removed it
from the machine. I tried the memory in pairs of two matched sticks at a
Returning the memory to original machine, it runs memtest+ with no errors.
Is there some kind of memory incompatibility that I'm unaware of going
Machine A, working combination:
Motherboard: Intel P35 chipset
RAM: 4x 1GB of DDR2-800
Machine B, working combination:
Motherboard: Zotac nForce 630i
RAM: 2x 512MB of DDR2-667
The latter motherboard says it supports DDR2-800 memory.
I moved the CPU over from machine A to B, but that didn't help.
I was especially bothered by the RAM getting very hot - I'm pretty sure
that's not normal - although that machine is in a very small case
without brilliant ventilation. But it was hot after just a few minutes
of run time.
I wondered if you had any thoughts?
JailTime.org now redirects to Stacklet.org which requires payment before
downloading. There's no way I'm paying $10 to download 143MB of Xen image!
Does anyone know of a good free source for Xen images? If not does anyone
want to create one? I can provide hosting for Bittorrent...
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For ages now I have been trying to find some speakers that were reasonably
priced that were a step above the average offerings found for PC's. Now I
will define some terms here. Reasonable price being 3 to 400 dollars.
Peformance wise, my main sound system has been in use now since the very
early 1980's (I think). The amp is a Pioneer A88X, still a well rspected
amp. The speakers being Magnaplanar MG2A's, these are regarded by people
that know them is amongst some of the best speakers ever made. The sound
being clean and clear, unfortunately these cost something in the order of
$1800 in the early 80's something like $6000 to $8000 now. Such level of
funds one only wishes to spend once.
A few years ago I purchased a 2 speaker Bose PC system this was and
advance but was still not good enough. Around 6 months ago I came across a
reference to speakers made by a US company called MAudio. A number of
points got my interest. First is the company makes professional recording
equipment. The second the speakers are fairly large and heavy for powered
speakers and use wood (MDF board) cabinets. A number of reports
particularly mentioning the AV30 model.
I located the dealer in Melbourne and rang them, they said supply was no
problem, the price being just under $300, so I picked a pair up. The
speakers are of typical powered speaker construction but the size being
220x155x160 (LxWxH). I set them up on one of my systems and tried them
out. Initally I was a bit so so on them, but after using them for a number
of weeks it became __QUITE__ clear they were a _major_ step up, giving a
good clean sound. The reason for my initial reaction is the speakers give
a somewhat "brighter" sound than I am used, ie they have somewhat higher
treble content. This was cured by dropping the treble control 1 and half
I was so impressed I decided to get a second set for my development setup.
I rang the dealer again to make sure they were availble. They stated that
the next model up was on special for slightly under $400 if I wished to
consider them. This is the BX5a. These are of similiar construction but
are larger (250x175x200) have a kevlar cone on the base speaker (both Bx5a
and the AV30 being two way). Also both box's are identcal both having
there own electronics. I purchased a set and these were set up in place
of the AV30's these being transferred to the development bench. The
performance of these give an impression of being better than the AV30's.
May mention all of my setups including the Magnaplanars are in differnt
rooms so it is impossible for a direct comparison. The BX5a's also can
put a __GREAT__ deal of sound without stressing the speakers or in any
way butchering the sound. They have some dissadvantages though. The first
is the Volumne controls are on the back of the speakers. The second is
unlike the AV30's they have no protecting grills on the front. One thing
this means is you _______MUST___BE___VERY__________ carefull if laying the
speakers down on there fronts unless the surface is dead level as this can
put pressure on the dome tweeter.
I did have a look at the inside of the AV30's and the construction is
On the whole I am quite happy with both systems, at last getting good
sound from my PC's.
A last point is as the speakers are designed as monitors for mixing
consoles both of them have balanced inputs. the AV30's have both 1/4 inch
TRS sockets and RCA sockets. The BX5a's only have the 1/4 inch socket but
this will take standard 1/4 inch Tip and Sleeve mono unbalanced plug no
The only supplier in Melbourne is StoreDJ, 394 bridge Rd Richmond. Tram
route 109 stop 22 is just out side the shop.
The only connection i have with the shop is to have purchased the MAudio
I have a Lexmark OptraS 1255 Mono Laser Office grade machine going free
to a good home.
It has spent its life in a low volume Office environment. I added a
genuine Lexmark network card to it and it has been a faithful workhorse.
It has been retired for 2 reasons:
I have lashed out for the replacement cartridges for our Ricoh colour
laser which is now handling all of our domestic load.
It is nearly time to replace the cartridge.
A high volume (17,600 pages) cartridge can be obtained fro $179.00 here:
This is not a piece of junk which I am giving away instead of heading to
the tip. If you want it I can deliver anywhere from Bayswater to
Burwood (where I work), or it can be collected from Bayswater.
Send me a message if interested.
On Oct 27, 2011 7:28 PM, "Jason White" <jason(a)jasonjgw.net> wrote:
> Watch the boot messages, modifying your boot loader's configuration to
> that they are displayed if this is not the case by default.
With quiet and splash removed, these tell me that local-premount,
local-bottom, and init-bottom executed and completed from /scripts
directory. Then nothing.
> If you have the openvt command then
> openvt -c 2 bash
> should work too, and obviously you can substitue any virtual console
> for 2 in the above example.
That works. Trouble is everything looks good to me... Apart from the fact
nothing is happening.
There are some non-kernel processes:
sh -e /proc/self/fd/9
\_ initctl emit startup
plymouthd --mode=boot --attach-to-session
The last one seems strange, is this really meant to be a daemon? Seems to be
in a select, according to strace.
Everything else is either kernel stuff or from console tty2, ie. My
top says only one process is running, presumably top itself.
Any more ideas?
When I reboot my computer it hangs with a flashing cursor on a black
screen. For ever. However the system hasn't crashed, it just appears
to be hanging, e.g. numlock light will toggle. Ctrl+Alt+Delete also
So I reboot it into safe mode, and selected mount filesystems
read/write. It does this and then hangs in exactly the same way.
So I reboot and enter a command line. I can remount / rewrite and
mount everything else fine. I then run "dhclient eth0" and after about
60 seconds I see these messages:
[ 88.014507] r8169 0000:02:00.0: eth0: unable to load firmware patch
[ 88.021533] r8169 0000:02:00.0: eth0: link down
[ 88.021586] r8169 0000:02:00.0: eth0: link down
[ 88.021894] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
[ 90.310097] r8169 0000:02:00.0: eth0: link up
[ 90.310433] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
The firmware exists in the required location:
brian@aquitard:~$ ls -l /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-2.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1324 2011-08-23 23:23 /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-2.fw
It is possible when mounting filesystems I missed an important step
that is required to load the firmware properly (maybe the step that
causes the hangs?). However at this point, with the network up, I can
continue booting fine.
Any ideas? How can I find out what is causing the hang?
Is there anyway of creating another virtual console within recovery mode?
Brian May <brian(a)microcomaustralia.com.au>