Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Installing Peerguardian Linux on Ubuntu 10.10

Here are some quick notes on how to install pgl under Ubuntu 10.10.


Checking video codec information via the command-line

Here are a couple of commands to get he information about a video file in Linux (bitrate etc): -


 ffmpeg -i foo.avi 
 mplayer -vo null -ao null -identify -frames 0 foo.avi 

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

VirtualBox piix4_smbus Error

VirtualBox 3.2.10 gives me the following error message when booting Ubuntu 10.10:-
piix4_smbus 0000.00.07.0: SMBus base address uninitialized - upgrade bios or use force_addr=0xaddr


This error is caused by VM having no smbus but Ubuntu always trying to load the module. It doesn't affect anything but is a bit annoying - to fix...

Friday, 29 October 2010

Serial connection to Seagate Dockstar via FTDI USB-Serial Cable

Here's a quick summary of how to use a FTDI data cable to connect to a Seagate Dockstar.

Connecting an Arduino to a Seagate Dockstar

Here's a quick summary of how to connect your arduino to a Seagate Dockstar.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Creating EFI String for Asus 8400GS Silent

There are a number of ways of getting your graphics card working within OS X (in order of difficulty) : -
  • Adding "GraphicsEnabler=Yes" to Chameleon /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist
  • Adding EFI string to Chameleon /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist
  • Using an injector such as NVInject or NVEnabler
  • Patching your DSDT file
The first one didn't work for my Asus Silent EN8400GS, so here's how I generated and added an EFI string.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Pictures of Hard Drive Swap in Revo

Here are some pictures of swapping the hard drive in my Acer Aspire Revo.

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Saturday, 2 January 2010

Windows 7 and Samba Shares

This is a quick guide to setting up Samba file sharing on my Viglen MPC-L server which is running Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS. The client is a Windows 7 machine – no changes to the registry or local security policy were needed. The following applies to the version of samba from the repositories -   smbd version 3.0.28a.