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Gaming and Steam / Serious Sam The First Encounter for free from gog
« Last post by aDewil on August 24, 2020, 05:15:35 PM »
this fast fps game for free from gog limited time.
there is about 39h and 45mins left when i write this down.

here gog game page:

get game from main page where you can find time counter for free time to get:
Hardware / Re: What do you think about this computer?
« Last post by Ironclaw on August 24, 2020, 12:43:11 PM »
I'd probably be looking for something more like this  Less money, faster, more memory and more expandable.

Another good place to look is if you have a college or university near you they very often sell off their older machines cheap when they replace them.
Hardware / Re: What do you think about this computer?
« Last post by Spatry on August 24, 2020, 07:40:54 AM »
While not necessarily cut out for gaming, it should be ok to use as a desktop or server. Unlike many Intel processors which offers 2 threads per core, this one only has 4 threads  total and is a Celeron processor. This looks like a small unit, larger than the PI.

For the price tag, I would personally pass this one up as I can find used i7 machines on Ebay in that price range. I would not mind having something like this for Opensim but I have had issues with low range Celeron processors not being able to handle the constant hammering of Mysql applications.
Hardware / What do you think about this computer?
« Last post by gregorylock on August 23, 2020, 06:45:21 PM »
I was on PCLinux website and found this computer.  I thought it might be a good replacement for my old test PC which is a Dell Vostro 400

My Dell Vostro Specs.  It's about 12 years old at this point, and I was having some problems with running the later versions of VLC and compositing on MX Linux 19.2.
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System:    Host: gregory-Vostro-400 Kernel: 4.15.0-112-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.28) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: Dell product: Vostro 400
           Mobo: Dell model: 0GN723 v: ��� Bios: Dell v: 1.0.15 date: 06/23/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E4600 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 9575
           clock speeds: max: 2400 MHz 1: 1200 MHz 2: 1220 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: GeForce 210/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.107 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 NVIDIA High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Card-2 Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-112-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection
           driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: ff00 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: enp0s25 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: D-Link System DGE-528T Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: de00 bus-ID: 02:01.0
           IF: enp2s1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 561.7GB (3.9% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000LPLX size: 500.1GB
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: Cruzer_Glide size: 61.6GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 455G used: 17G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.29GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:39C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 171 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 387.0/3943.4MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35

I use that computer for testing linux distros on real hardware and I watch youtube videos through my TV.  So I'm just curious what you think of the computer I found.  At a glance I think it looks like a low cost replacement.  Another idea I have is, replace the motherboard, ram and cpu in the old Dell Case.

General Discussion / Light reading on Docks and UpTime
« Last post by CwF on August 20, 2020, 12:05:52 PM »
 19:39:34 up 299 days,  3:43,  4 users,  load average: 0.82, 0.99, 1.12

I was going for an even year. It could have made it, but...I think maybe it read my typing, or heard me talking, and knew in 66 days I was going to pull the plug!

Short story is a SSD went read only. I was stuck, optionally stuck. I could have ignored it since it is one of 7 in the machine and only important for a few things. The main issue is I forgot! This ssd has done this before. Originally my very first Debian install, it went read only during an update and hosed things. I fixed it, a few times, typing on that OS now, just on a different disk. I've mentioned it before and thought it was a particular combo of disk, cable, controller, board...I put it in a fresh build over three years ago and loaded it with read only stuff and it's been flawless ever since. I would have said it was some odd combo of factors - NOT.

 Long story - I forgot. The disk is in a case, not a dock - it would have made the 365 days if it were in a dock since I could have cycled the power. It's on a sas/sata controller, I forgot that too. So I started poking around in a root terminal trying to reset the disk with sysfs echo's, why not. No the sas controller does not support hot swap, but I tried anyway. There is no software equivalent to cycling the power. In my play I ended up accidentally adding multiple paths to the 'dvr' disk also on that controller, call it sdf, sdh, sdi, interesting, my mess is getting deeper.

The machine continued for a few hours until a convenient time - now we're going dark, no tv, no radio, no swamp cooler control...I shut it down. 5 minutes later we're all back up. I will resist using the disk again for massive writes. We're OK!

 The replacement machine I've been working on since last fall still isn't ready. It has been working, using the OS originally installed on that problem disk and most dev work has been done for awhile. About a month ago I decided to change up some things in the OS's layout.So I spawned a replacement and took it to bullseye/sid. I've been working on that new OS as a vm image and running it from a ramdrive. This makes things fast and I did archive the image to disk a few times, but finally reached a point I needed the ram for something else. Then I made the error; I know I'll run it off the readonly disk for the next few weeks until it's ready for bare metal. Then hitting it hard in testing - BOOM.

 So it's back on the ramdrive on the old stretch hypervisor. Another few weeks of detailing there I will move it to the new machine - but as a vm. The newer machine is now buster, also a hypervisor, I have rejected for 'production'. The machine is more than twice as powerful and can handle running the new hypervisor OS off a ramdrive nested with the space to test bullseyes new virtiofs feature, I let you know...After, and if that checks out, I will commit the image to disk and reverse the roles. The buster hypervisor has run some of it's life as a vm, that's how I keep fixing it, so it's ready to be a slave to its child.

And finally to the point of this wandering story. The new 'box' has 100% docked storage for all 6 disk. It also has a sas controller I won't use this time since it is too picky and has a tendency to spam the logs with messages while working 'fine'. So when a disk goes south, or north, I can reset or replace it without down time. I haven't built a box with all removable storage since the scsi days. SSD's can be stuffed anywhere, I got lazy.

Yes, I fully intend to put bullseye in action before it goes stable. I did it with that stretch machine, and it's been rebooted a dozen times in almost 4 years, averaging 90+ days per. My next chance for a 365 uptime won't happen until 2022. If we still have an internet, I'll report back!
General Discussion / Re: Forum back online.
« Last post by Spatry on August 15, 2020, 08:14:47 PM »
Good to know.... I have seen cloudfare quite a bit... I took notes this time: if the 500 error occurs again, I know how to repair it quickly.
General Discussion / Re: Forum back online.
« Last post by Crimson on August 15, 2020, 07:44:41 PM »
You're not the only one, I've been having trouble with my site as well. So much so that I've added a "Time Since Last Meltdown" timer to the portal page.
I just made a switch from GoDaddy's nameserver to Cloudflare's. Haven't had an issue in........6 days and 1 hour, LOL!
General Discussion / Forum back online.
« Last post by Spatry on August 15, 2020, 06:38:50 PM »
Funny... the site was working fine this morning and the darned 500 errors came back!

Fiddle dee, fiddle da.... there is a bug in the matrix! The forum is back up and running. I will need to look into other options if errors keep happening. report bugs... Thanks!
Other Distributions / Re: LibreElec (Libre Embedded Linux Entertainment Center)
« Last post by CwF on August 14, 2020, 10:54:07 AM »
I didn't have a tv until it was a better option to use a tv as the computer monitor. Before 2006, and ever since I've had a tv tuner in the computer.

I *think* TV's got better before they got smart, and maybe now smart is bad? They got better when they could sync properly to odd resolutions and properly handle computer hdmi/dp. Mine are from 2006-2010, my original video wall from that period was two samsung tv 40's and 3 samsung 26's 'monitors'. The 26's have given up over the last few years, one still works. The 40's are over 10 years old now and only one properly syncs to everything.

As far as the computer as an infotainment system idea goes, I got that conquered, don't need no Kodi or specialized distro for that.

So, if I could hijack this thread for feedback on 'tv monitors' ! I could use some recent wisdom...
The replacement thought started when the first 26 failed. I came up empty looking for 1200p options, I love that resolution, 1080 not quite enough and 1440+ too much. The newer 21:9 or whatevers are interesting, could function as two or 3 lesser monitors, but not yet. I'm more concerned about the 40's. They gotta die someday!

While looking at the smaller 'monitor' options I see a big hole in functionality for all sizes - fewer inputs! I think my old samsungs have like 6-8 inputs, with 'VGA' of course too. New ones have gotten cheap on that, even though I paid $1000+ for each 40, now only a few hundred, new ones only have 2-3 inputs and could need adapters to do what I do now. And whatever the choice they will never be hooked up to any network ever for any 'update' ever. I haven't thought that through yet...

Next issue I know almost nothing about is this 'smart' idea. From what I've heard they need to 'boot up' ? That means a long time to turn on? and to switch inputs? Are 'dumb' models out there? ...for cheaper?
So if anyone has thoughts on any of these issues, please elaborate...

If anyone knows about MST on linux I could use some knowledge! If anyone is curious about haupaugge quad tuners or gnutv or mpv-tv, I'm still working on it, and it's awesome...

Ok, never mind. found it: X435BV-FSRA
Other Distributions / Re: LibreElec (Libre Embedded Linux Entertainment Center)
« Last post by Spatry on August 14, 2020, 07:49:30 AM »
I am with you aDewil, my TV is connected to my computer and used as a monitor.
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