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#1 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Crunchbang Truckers » 2014-11-07 16:58:44

My current truck I bought as a non-operational parts vehicle. Turns out, the parts truck was in better shape than the truck I needed it's parts for. So instead of parting it out I rebuilt it and have had it running and driving for about a year or so now. It is nowhere near complete, nor ready for constant use, but I think I did a pretty good job considering how I started off.

Don't have pics from when I started, but I do have one from earlier this year when it snowed here. I'll get more soon.

(P.S. It's a 1976 Ford F100, big block V8 and automatic.)


#2 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » how many bogomips do you have? » 2014-10-11 05:11:52

On my Thinkpad E530 I'm getting 19955.16 bogomips. I don't have any other machines right save for a Cubieboard and I'm almost afraid of what it would give as an output.

EDIT: Actually it doesn't give any response to the command listed at the beginning of the thread. I doubt it would be much anyways since it's a single core 1ghz device.  If anybody has a means of extracting this info from an ARM chip please let me know.

#3 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » how you got a free pc » 2014-02-11 16:00:16

I have a post up on the local Freecycle. I don't get them very often from there, but a few times I have gotten massive hauls of old PC's that I stripped of their parts (if they didn't power up, etc.) and stored them away for later use. The ones that did work, I have installed linux on and given away to friends/family as needed.

My best rescue though was a AMD Athlon system. Turns out it was thrown away for bad ram. A couple new sticks of memory, some server software and I now have a home server that is pulling double duty as a dogecoin miner. I'm working on a build out of my spare parts bins as a permanent bit/doge miner but for now the old "athlonbox" will have to do.

#4 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What do you like about your Linux setup? » 2013-11-16 17:38:26

What i like about my linux setup, on my laptop is that it is flexible. I can install pretty much any piece of software, whether it be a .deb or something i custom compiled and I know it is going to work. And if it doesn't, the community backing it will know how to fix it and get it working.

It also turns pretty much any old box you put it on, into a powerhouse again. It may not do everything a quad core uber machine will, but it will rescue hardware from the dumpster and breathe new life in it. I also love my setup for its stability, as I've never experienced a hang or freeze in my entire time running it. Everything just works out of the box as well, and can be tweaked to how *I* want it instead of how someone else thinks I should use it!

#5 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Your CrunchBang Linux system » 2013-10-26 04:26:36

IBM Thinkpad E530
Intel Core i5 dual core @ 2.5ghz
Intel HD 3000 GPU
4GB ram
500gb HDD
Wireless N wifi card
Fingerprint scanner

#6 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Statler was awesome, but Waldorf keeps crashing » 2013-08-19 15:28:39

LET wrote:

See, you never stop learning with linux.  Thanks for the tip, it was already unchecked, so I guess it didn't mount automatically.  I think it's just able to read the drive, which it for some reason could not do in Statler.  I assumed it might be a problem because it was different (which seemed like solid reasoning at the time).  Strangely, the crashing hasn't happened since I posted up the dmesg output.  It is incredibly inconsistent.

You being able to "see" the Windows partition is due to Waldorf having built in ntfs support, which is the default file system of all Windows versions from Win2k forward. Statler required additional software and a kernel module that allowed you to "see" ntfs drives back then. I took a good look at your dmesg log and there doesn't appear to be anything in there that would be causing the freeze at least to my eyes.  I would also go through your other system logs, and post them here in the code box like you did earlier. Maybe there is a kernel panic occurring?

To post your kernel log simply:

sudo less /var/log/kern.log.1

There are other fixes that may work, as your laptop does have acpi issues with certain kernel versions, and I'm starting to lean towards hardware issues if nothing turns up in the kernel log.

If windows is not having issues, and is stable then it isn't hardware related I'd think, and we're dealing with a linux specific issue with the kernel or acpi etc.

Please let me know if I can help you any further!

EDIT!! Does your machine have a built in webcam? This can cause the system to freeze up stone cold without any reason. If so there is a pretty easy fix that I can guide you through to disable it if so as a test.

#7 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Statler was awesome, but Waldorf keeps crashing » 2013-08-18 19:55:05

LET wrote:

Alrighty - my dad/tech support suggested the windows thing, he's not much of a linux guy.  dmesg looks like this:

[    8.100587] sd 6:0:0:2: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
[    8.103497] sd 6:0:0:3: Attached scsi generic sg4 type 0
[    8.104327] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    8.105280] sd 6:0:0:1: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    8.108579] sd 6:0:0:2: [sdd] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    8.111493] sd 6:0:0:3: [sde] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    9.939456] Adding 675836k swap on /dev/sda6.  Priority:-1 extents:1 across:675836k
[    9.948230] EXT4-fs (sda5): re-mounted. Opts: (null)
[   10.189592] EXT4-fs (sda5): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro
[   10.303023] loop: module loaded

I don't see anything in the power management that looks irregular, but I'm not wholly sure what regular is.  Thanks for helping.


And also, this crashing isn't happening very often.  Maybe every 24 hours or something?  The rest of the time, Waldorf is peachy.

Yeah there is nothing there that is indicating a problem. Perhaps more information would be available with a cat /var/log/dmesg | less. This will post the entire dmesg log, and should provide every detail from boot, til you get to the desktop.  However, it is unlikely to appear there if it is only freezing about once every 24 hours.

I'll keep googling for an answer and see what I find.

EDIT: Additionally It may be something to do with the kernel. This may require an up/down grade of your kernel to fix. Still googling.

#8 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Statler was awesome, but Waldorf keeps crashing » 2013-08-18 16:08:11

I would not think that booting your Win7 partition will cause issues with #!. That being said, if Windows has updated lately and patched the system BIOS it might have brought in a bug. This however, is unlikely so whatever it is probably has nothing to do with windows and is related to crunchbang.

If you can get the system to successfully boot, I would recommend that you open a terminal and enter cat /var/log/dmesg | tail to see what your most recent dmesg logs are, as it may point you to what is going wrong. Post the output of this command here and we'll try to help you sort through it.

Also, just on an off chance, I would check your power manager and see if your hard disks are set to spin down frequently, and alter that setting as on some machines it can cause random freezes.

#9 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » My Raspberry Pi + NES case. » 2013-08-09 02:14:52

This is a wicked cool project. I wish I had your skill so I could build something like this!

#10 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » ghetto modding/repair thread » 2013-08-06 21:33:14

I recently acquired a HP desktop tower (forgot the model off hand) that had a bad mobo. I dug out an old p4 motherboard that i knew still worked, slapped in some ram and popped it into the newer HP case. It works perfectly and is awaiting hard drives so i can turn it into a server box.

While it isn't as hackish as some builds I've seen, this is definitely cool as i combined things that most folks would have thrown away into a perfectly useable combo.

Edit: I also have an older Athlon system that I've got plans for as well. It is in some type of aftermarket (unknown) case that just screams "fill me with hard drives!". I can't wait until I get started on this one either!

#11 Off Topic / General Chat » New LUG (Linux Users Group) on Facebook » 2013-07-06 02:06:56

Replies: 7

Hello folks,

Just wanted to drop by and let you all know of a nice LUG (Linux Users Group) on  facebook that a few friends and I started. We're pretty active and looking to answer questions or help with problems if you guys are interested. There are several #! users amongst us and we welcome anyone who needs help or just wants to post up.  We have our own IRC channel on freenode, as well as a radio station for those of you that gotta have those tunes!

Facebook LUG

Thanks for looking,


#12 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Linux may not be as secure as we think » 2013-06-16 03:43:30

I wasn't trying to introduce FUD, I was just linking something interesting that I came across. And those of you who said it would turn up in a code audit are absolutely right, I just thought it might be something that the community at large would at least be interested in.

I know for certain that anything linux related, especially security related is on my radar these days. After all, it is my favorite OS.

#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Linux may not be as secure as we think » 2013-06-15 22:39:26

I've been running DD-WRT on my Linksys WRT300N for about two weeks with no issues whatsoever. The one improvement I'd make is to add some kind of dynamically updating list of clients connected to the network at any given time, but other than that it's perfect. Stable as a rock, too!

I'm not sure what the router/dsl combo is that my ISP provided, but I just paid for it from the ISP so I think it should be mine to modify. I need to go look at it and get the model and serial #'s off it and see what is out there. Hopefully it doesn't violate the TOS but at this point I'm willing to run the risk if it works.

#14 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Linux may not be as secure as we think » 2013-06-15 22:08:27

nadir wrote:

I worry more about the (potential) backdoors in my router and the (sure) spying of my ISP (which, in turn, will have to hand it over in case it is wanted. Else they sell it to whoever pays for it).

I worry about this as well, since my router was provided by my ISP and it integrates the DSL modem as well. I wish I could flash a custom firmware to it and eliminate one more "hole" in my security grid!

#15 Off Topic / General Chat » Linux may not be as secure as we think » 2013-06-15 21:26:48

Replies: 24

I'm not trying to start a flame war here, I'd just like to point out an interesting article that I discovered via my G+ feed. I know that I elected to use linux for many reasons, one being the security of the operating system. Now with this information disclosed, i'm not sure if anything is even secure at all.

I'd like to have you guys thoughts on the subject, and look forward to what you have to say. These security related relevations in the  recent days are beginning to make me wonder whether all our technology isn't "bugged" and big brother isn't mining us daily for all the information they can obtain.

NSA Has Legitimate Code Running in Linux Kernel

#16 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved]Waldorf: Alt key shortcuts don't work » 2013-06-07 22:07:28

I finally figured this thing out. Apparently there is a setting in my Thinkpad's bios menu that "sticks" the functions of the F1-12 keys to on permanently. Once I disabled this, everything worked perfect!

#17 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved]Waldorf: Alt key shortcuts don't work » 2013-06-06 13:31:02

Replies: 1

While most of the time I'm a very content #! user, and I've loved every release thus far, Waldorf has done something interesting this time upon install. I installed it on my Thinkpad Edge E530 and while it usually works great on this system, now my Alt+ key combos have stopped working.

I have looked through the rc.xml, and it is configured as it should be. I'm at a loss for why it shouldn't work as I haven't changed anything. I can get along without them, but it would make things much easier if they were working as they should.

Any advice? I'd really like to get this restored ASAP.

#18 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What makes you feel warm and fuzzy about your custom system? » 2013-04-30 00:18:10

That it is mine, and it is done my way. That it is minimal and efficient, making full use of the hardware I'm running it on without gobbling up resources that aren't needed.

#19 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » 2GB or less » 2013-04-21 18:46:55

On my old Thinkpad T43 with 1gb of ram I was able to run #! quite well. This included running w/ multiple Iceweasel tabs open, irc, transmission, and other applications as well. All of this was done on a single core centrino at 1.73ghz. I don't think I ever used more than half of the available ram.

#20 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Statler Laptop Compatibility » 2013-03-26 00:58:36

IBM Thinkpad T43

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller [8086:2590] (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2592] (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2792] (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2660] (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:2664] (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 [8086:2658] (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 [8086:2659] (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 [8086:265a] (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 [8086:265b] (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:265c] (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev d3)
00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:266e] (rev 03)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:2641] (rev 03)
00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller [8086:2653] (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:266a] (rev 03)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express [14e4:167d] (rev 11)
04:00.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI1510 PC card Cardbus Controller [104c:ac56]
04:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)

#21 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Lo-fi engineering » 2013-03-09 22:10:48

Sometimes the most simple solutions are the most elegant. It is terrible that these simple fixes are overlooked for other, more complicated methods.

Good job on the fix!

#23 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Laptop Suggestions » 2012-08-16 04:31:50

Even though this machine is nowhere near new, I've got to say it is one of the best laptops I've ever owned. I'm using an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad T43. While it isn't dual core, heavy on memory, or have the largest display ever it does everything I want in a portable machine. I added a 9-cell battery, and it gives around 5 to 6 hours of uptime per charge, so it will definitely meet the longevity requirement.

Adding Crunchbang to it was just the icing on the cake, as it runs smooth and trouble free even running the pre-release version of Waldorf. Even if you don't choose something this old, I'm willing to bet you will not go wrong by picking an IBM or Lenovo machine as your portable.

(No paid endorsement here, just a proud owner bragging on his machine).

#24 Re: News & Announcements » Waldorf development images ready for testing » 2012-07-01 19:54:42

Waldorf has been a knockout success for me as well. I haven't had a single thing break on me, and the updates are always smooth as silk without any breakages there as well. Nothing is hard to configure or figure out with the helpful guides here and on irc.

Congrats y'all... I feel this one is already capable of being stable!

#25 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Which one should I choose? (Notebook) » 2012-06-13 17:48:07

Just to speak for Thinkpad reliability my current #! machine is an IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad from 2005. 1gb ram 80gb hdd Intel Centrino 1.73ghz cpu and intel gfx. This thing has great battery life running waldorf, and everything on it just works out of the box with #!. I think this one has swayed me to IBM machines from here on.

And as a side note I picked this up for $50 bucks...not a bad buy at all.

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