Des trucs en vrac, consignés dans mon journal système
with Mac system 6.0.8
By bringing together, at home, various computer pieces -sometimes in poor condition, sometimes incomplete-, i tried creating an "home network" between heterogeneous hardware and Operating Systems (several MS Windows versions, Mac OS Classic, Mac OS X, several Linux, some BSD, Haiku OS and some temporary others). This network is used to save my data-archives: internet sites, knowledge bases, source code and programming projects... Testing it includes sometimes some local network -old- intensive games, and it's not the most unpleasant!
was (before 2005) my first free antivirus. It is available here. It is free for a private use . The minimum required was (in 2005) W95 OSR2 with 20 MB of RAM and a 486DX2 processor (I tested it!). The real-time activity of antivir is discrete, except when launching DOS executables or when scanning several directories containing DOS executables: at this time, system can freeze during several seconds ... theese freezing do no longer exist on Pentium II and later based configurations.
When transferring files from MacAfee protected (with updated database) machines, it may happen that Antivir detects viruses not found by McAfee ... but this is probably reciprocal (MacAfee is a commercial product only, without free version).
How to install antivir in a W95 OSR2 system::
is my other free antivirus. It is available for download here . It is free for a private use . The minimum required for version 5 is W2000 with 128 MB of RAM and a system based on Pentium II, and for avast6 Windows XP SP3 with 512MB RAM running on a Pentium III.
NexGen was a private semiconductor company that designed the Nx586 microprocessor in 1994 until it was purchased by AMD in 1995. Nx586 CPU, introduced in 1994, was the first CPU to attempt to compete directly against Intel's Pentium, with its Nx586-P80 and Nx586-P90 CPUs. Unlike competing chips from AMD and Cyrix, the Nx586 was not pin-compatible with the Pentium or any other Intel chip and required its own custom NxVL-based motherboard and chipset. NexGen offered both a VLB and a PCI motherboard for the Nx586 chips.I had an Aldix Nexgen P100 PC-compatible with a PCI motherboard, that get into trouble near 2005 (issue with the IDE controller with W95 OSR2). This system performed like a 486DX4 PC, and, for example, Duke Nukem 3D game was graphically fluent, similar to a Pentium 100 class system, even without a coprocessor unit. Bios was entirely graphic with operational mouse interface, that was very uncommon at this time!
BIOS had to be changed this way (following) to make Duke Nukem 3D working::
BIOS had to be changed this way (following) to make Duke Nukem 3D working:
Successor of Nx586, initially called Nx686 by Nexgen(i wonder why?), was developped by AMD and finally called K6, as explained here.
HTML DEAD LINKS
How boring it is to achieve a flawless homesite (at least that's what we thought) and to see, after uploading and tests, that several links of your brand new pages are dead, linking to unexisting files. You can verify that the linked files are present with your usual FTP-client, and at first glance, they are. Spelling error? Sometimes! Case sensitivity? Almost all the time!
Web servers running mostly on UNIX or derivative (Linux and Apache equip -70% or more- of web servers). For UNIX systems and derivatives (LINUX), files named "Nx586.jpg" and "nx586.JPG" are two different files. So, you understand why your link is dead now?
Hence the rule of systematically writing names of files in lower case, unless otherwise needs ...
COMPAQ AERO 4/25 ET WFW3.11
Nightmare! Pox! Absolutely no way for installation of Windox For Wworkgroup 3.11 on aero (originally shipped with Windows 3.1): system crash! I had the project of using an IBM PCMCIA network adapter, and WFW3.11 was required for this card to operate.
Goooooooogling a long time, i finally found that this crash was related to the keyboard driver of the Contura Aero, and you can find this patch here (Patches -> Keyboard -> SoftPaq SP0738.zip)
Brest's thunder! Saperlotte! Can not run reliably DOS applications (games, mostly) from my system P3-450-256MB RAM-RAID with PCI-MYLEX DAC960PRL. Curiously, the PCI-SCSI-card adapter DAC960, and SCSI hard drives are recognized by system W98SE (and accessible, too), but no specific driver is loaded ... Performances are poor (throughput of 20 MB / s maximum advertised by notices on the MYLEX DAC960 manual, actual throughput of 2MB / s!!!)
Other problem is that DOS sessions under W98SE causes major instability, with repetitive system crashes, when launched from a SCSI disk (FAT32). At first, I thought that DOS and FAT32 were incompatible, but launched from an IDE hard drive FAT32 formated, DOS sessions are stable! On this P3-450, 3 hard drives are installed, 1 IDE and 2 SCSI, all FAT32-formatted (one partition) and boot drive is the IDE one. When installing W98SE, no way to boot W98SE from one of the two SCSI disks. The P3-450 was originally a UNIX machine booting on theese particular SCSI disks (that i've reformatted).
With DAC960 drivers you will find here, performances of SCSI drives are better (reaching the promised maximum flow rate of 20MB / s), but problem of DOS session crashes remains ...
If someone has an idea to fix my cans, i'm listening.
---> Problem solved with the installation of Windows 2000 PRO (with Mylex DAC960 native driver built-in)
IOMEGA ZIP SCSI
This external IOMEGA ZIP SCSI was given to me near 2005, it had the same DB25 connection as for the parallel port IOMEGA ZIP. During several years, i did nothing with this device (i even tried to connect it on a parallel port PC with iomegaware software/driver, but in vain). Then, a colleague gave me a bunch of of old PC cards (video, sound, network, supplementary ports, etc...). Among these cards, i found a DTC3181A, 16-bits-ISA-PC, that allows the connection of the IOMEGA ZIP SCSI to a PC (classic installation with iomegaware).
Performances are better than those with the parallel port IOMEGA ZIP, but lower than those with an internal IDE ZIP.
Transfering 94 Mb of data to a hard disk :
This external SCSI ZIP is now used on an external SCSI chain powered by a PowerMac 5200. Installation was automatic, "PnP", for this machine. (no driver to download, no specialized card : Thanks Mr Macintosh!). On the other hand, if connected on a PC or Mac SCSI chain, terminator switch seems to be "dummy", as even in "off" position, systeme achieves to detect and install devices located after the ZIP (for example, a Maxoptix TMT3/T3-1300).
is a "pre-DVD-RAM" optical disc drive connected to a digital external SCSI chain. This technology was not very common at this time (1993). The price of the drive was about $3 500 , and disc value about $ 249. Like any SCSI device, it can be used on MAC and PC. The discs are double sided, and to use the drive on its other side, you have to eject it, turn it over and reinsert it (like a magnetic tape). Performance is equivalent to that of IOMEGA IDE ZIP (about 1 MB / s), but with higher storage capacity (about 600 MB per side) or 1.2 GB for the whole disk (sources of performance dates and prices here).
Diagram (warning, PDF!) for setting the switches here.
Two IDENTICAL TCP/IP adresses
What's happening? During my hardware updates, I sometimes replace old computers with (slightly) less old. By configuring the TCP / IP for the new location (I use the addresses from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.0.14), i've assigned an already used TCP/IP adress. The abnormality is detected when the two machines are connected at the same time. This gives the message
OLITEC PCI 56K
Cagate (=disaster in french)! After purchasing this internal modem which I installed in a Pentium-166MMX W98SE, I get full of errors. It started strong, at booting time, with a
Fatal error appeared in 06 ... But, as the error was not fatal, contrary to the announce, the system continued loading. But whenever I launch DOS commands or command.com, the system crashed! "Fortunately", I could use the modem and the rest of the system normally, till I didn't launch any DOS applications ...
I had resigned myself to uninstall the driver for this modem every time I planned to use a DOS session. Like my SCSI problems related to W98SE, if you have any idea about what is causing so much trouble for poor DOS, I will be listening carefully to your explanations. The minimum requirements was W98 (OK), 32MB of RAM (there were 64), a processor 233MMX (it was a P166MMX, but I did not use software answering machines and voice) ...
The ways of emulation
are impenetrable, or how suddenly you realize that computer science is more "art" than science.
Let me explain. Regular user of BasiliskII (68k Macintosh emulator for PC), I was surprised within a Windows-Pentium 3, you could run Mac OS8, and with an equivalent system and the same parameters:
Many things are hidden to you.
You bought a great 10 megapixels camera with 60x zoom. You know how to save your photos on CD or DVD: it's great! You also know that your DVD player can play back your photos. You may know that the size of images read by your home (CD) DVD-player is limited by software in ROM (thus, not changeable). This size must appear in the instructions of your player.
For example mine, that is two years old (lines written near 2006), this size is 3072x2048 JPEG for "basic" and 2000x1500 for progressive JPEG, with up to 500 images per folder. With KODAK 4 Mega Pixels, I overruns maximum image size that completely prevents the display (but without crashing software player, do not worry).
To avoid these errors, I reduce the image size (resampling with Paint Shop Pro or XnView) at 1152x864 in a sub-folder within the original images that I keep for possible expansions paper. I remind you that the definition of your French television is 625 lines of 800 pixels (to check for columns), so your original picture will be resampled anyway.
How and where backup & store them?
Again, with your new digital camera, you will be annoyed by this problem of storing your videos.
The video format taken from digital cameras is usually a highly compressed computer format that your DVD player will not recognize. On my Kodak camera, the videos are encoded in MP4 format quicktime mov. On my daughter's one, they are "avi" (Windows format).
You can burn them "as is", but only your computer will be able to read them, not your home DVD or CD-player. You can convert them to VCD or SVCD or MPEG, so that your computer AND your home DVD player will read them. But you will have to find converters, sometimes commercial, and spend -many- time converting your files ... It's up to you to decide!
is a pioneer in the freeware category of video editing, that you can download here.
To my knowledge, the last (english) version is 2.5 build 70. Software editor ATP (Advanced Technology Partners) has disappeared from the internet.
ABCVideoRoll have a complete and detailed "on-line" help (english), and a fast-learnable Graphic User Interface, even if you're a newbie in video-editing. For example, you can add special effects between your video sequences like croosfading (and much more complex others), add titles, subtitles, make cinema credits, remove or replace sound tracks, setup brightness, contrast, change video size, and manage several video-layouts, mix several videos on the same screen, etc...
You can export your final video to several video formats .MOV .AVI .MPEG, but your system needs to be correctly setup:
ABCVideoRoll being now abandonware, it's no more possible to buy a serial key, but you can find a patch here (thanx to wayback machine) allowing full using.
The lowest requirements (within MicroSoft Windows) for DVD reading are P-II 266MHz CPU with 32 MB of RAM. No need for a 128 MB AGP graphic video card (it will be better, nevertheless). Other requirement is the DirectX installation, last version for your -Windows- OS.
It happens to me several times, with old computers, to have to reinstall DVD-players (hardware) (like HITACHI GD-2500) and corresponding softwares, like ATI DVD Player. As its name doesn't tell you, it works (almost) perfectly with non-ATI graphic video cards (tested with a S3 Trio 3D/2X (AGP)). On the other hand, if you re-install it from a "wild" backup, your hardwareDVD-player will probably change its actual Zone Code for Zone Code 1 (USA), as default. If you don't have the installation disk, you have to use the excellent DVD Genie (freeware!).
Here is the list of all files for a complete install, and their locations :
Ressources version 1.5.01.1047
executables version 1.5.00.1056
Cinemaster Decoding Engine version 18.104.22.1687
in the folder "Windows\System"
Cinemsup.sys Cinmhook.dll Cinmst32.dll DVDPLAYER.HLP DVDPlayer.cnt DVDPlayer.dat Dvdpld32.dll Lisezmoi.txt RPC2.dll Uninst.isu cinemast.dll dvba00us.dll dvdplayer.exe dvds01fr.dll eula.txt qidvdf.ax qimpg2f.ax
Cinmhook.dll Cinmst32.dll Dvdpld32.dll cinemast.dll dvba00us.dll dvds01fr.dll Qiswcine.cpl (Control panel version 22.214.171.1246)
is a freeware DVD-zone changer for old DVD-readers that you'll find here. It works backgrounding with main software-DVD readers : WinDVD, PowerDVD, Software CineMaster, and ATI DVD Player. It doesn't work for recent hardware DVD-players (or blueray), "RPC-2 protected" (Region Protected Code). ALL hardware DVD-player manufactured after 01/01/2000 are RPC-2 protected, so you can change only 5 times the Region Code. There are surely other possibilities, but i don't know much more...
In a practical way, after inserting your DVD, if your system is displaying the following error "Region Code illegal" or "Zone Code illegal", you have to close your software DVD-player. Then launch DVD-Génie, setup your Zone Code (=Region code) to 2 (or whatever you like), and minimize it (Within W98SE, minimizing the DVD-Génie's window make it disapearing, placing just an icon in the systray, at the left of the clock). Then, launch again the software DVD-reader, and your video will display correctly. If not, setup the best parameters according to your graphic video card, or at a rough guess...
With a S3 Trio 3D/2X, here are my parameters allowing a correct use with software DVD-player ATI DVDPlayer, without error messages related to illegal Zone Code:
Surface Flip Mode:Overlay (Riva 128/Matrox)*Default*
Surface Flip Position:Wait full frame (ATI 128/Mobility)*Default*
S3 Trio 3D/2X AGP
It's an old AGP hardware-accelerated graphic video card, directx-, direct 3D7- and direct 3D8-compatible (not 9) that shipped with 4 ou 8MB video RAM. Drivers are still
at S3(site down at 04/2012), i found another one here, found with mamont FTP search engine.
I had a PII-350 system with a S3 Trio 3D/2X 4MB (chipset 86C362) and W98SE. I noticed several system crashes with last driver (beta 1.00.37 version), so i installed the previous one (1.00.28 version) that seems more stable (DVD reading, no crash with Dxdiag.exe).
Formatting a 2GB SCSI HD with Mac system 6.0.8
THAT does not happen every day! I have a Mac LC, want to change its original 40MB hard drive for a bigger 2 GB (both SCSI). Not too bad, since 2GB is the maximum partition's size for mac systems 6 to 7.5. Difficulty is here that software system "HD Setup" does not see -at all- the disk. So I found a formatting software under A / UX (Apple UNIX =) that recognizes and formats "everything turning".
Download it here (original url there).
Format of this program is fun, as executable code is included in an HTML page, this page will open in your usual browser, and you have then to follow the instructions (in English). Basically, you have to save the HTML page in text mode, then convert the text document with BinHex to HD SC Setup 3.0.1.sit, then extract the file with Stuffit expander, and it works, I tested for you!
You have to select option "boot disk" before formatting, that will last a while (nearly an hour). And, Once again, you'll have a 15 years old system that will rotate on a much more recent drive. Bravo Mr Apple!
One day, i found on Nasa Diagrams site, a marvelous full detailed image of SaturnV rocket. So, i decided to print it on multiple pages, but had no software to do it. A google search and i installed Postaganda and Posteriza. Postaganda is freeware, simple, single executable file, yet powerful. You can choose the number of A4 (or B4) paper sheets, in cols and rows and define page overlap, have a print preview...It's a freeware available for Windows 98/2000/XP. For W98/2000, you'll need gdiplus.dll, that's available on the author's site. Thanks to him!
Video Acquisition with formac iproTV-I
One other day, i got a Mac performa 4400 from a pal, with a nice TV-PCI card (formac Pro TV Tuner also known as "ipro TV-I"). I carbonized the 4400 (it was not my fault, power supply was set on 120V instead of 220V!), but saved all pieces of it (RAM, G3 Sonnet update and this video card. I thought it was possible to install it in a PC (ludicrous, no?). So i googled for many days, and found many solutions:
Internet Connexion Sharing (ICS)
I was disapointed when my Linux Systems were sharing my wifi internet connexion (from an XP-PC) without the need of one click of configuration. The same with an iMac with Mac OS 9.2.2. So, when a second XP-PC was added in my LAN, i was even more disapointed that it didn't work at all! It's easy to setup ICS on host, so i just explain here the client-side configuration process.
|ICS 0||ICS 1||ICS 2||ICS 3|
iMac G3 with no video, saved from trash!
The other day, my tangerine iMac G3 400DV, (reused computer already saved from trash one year ago, at zero cost) had no video. It performs a right boot, as i heared the hard disk turning as usual. But no video at all (blank empty screen), after a short time of bloody-dark-strange-flowing screen colors.
Tattooed bios and hard drive in a COMPAQ Presario 6000
A friend of mine gave me this Compaq, faster than a Pentium 4 2.83 GHz that i use already. It shipped with a pre-install Compaq-Windows XP SP2, with a small partition (1 to 2 GB) dedicated to the recovery of the system (replacing the usual Windows install CD).
Since two of three weeks, the system randomly restarted. Last installations were Windows SP3 updates. Googling, if found an issue about SP3 effect on system based on AMD processors:
So i decided to re-install XP with a complete re-partionning and re-formating, although not recommended by COMPAQ (or as a last resort).TAKE CARE, the result of this "wild" re-installation can be a "dead PC", unusable, especially with windows. So think about before!!!
What has done Linux for You today ? A lot! Really! Now, this system is alive and fully fonctionnal for at least five years, maybe more....instead of being trashed.
A Multiboot story
I wondered if i could put more than two, maybe three, or more, different operating systems on a single hard drive. So i googled and find many (multi)bootmanagers like gag, easybcd, osl2000, unetbootin, bootmanager, etc...
Finally, i didn't really need theese soft, only grub.
You just can have four primary partitions on a single hard drive. I you want more, you have to setup one primary partition as "extended", so you can setup other logical partitions within this extended partition.
Here's my diagram for my actual partition on an IDE 20GB (single-master) hard drive:
I begun installing Ubuntu, preparing other partitions with GParted, and letting an unallocated space for future installations. The only important thing is to install grub, the bootloader, in the active partition and in the MBR, too. Its presence in the active partition is named "unbreakable install". It's important for the first install to have grub parameters double-saved (MBR + active partition). For the other systems, you can only save it to active partition.
In Linux systems, grub parameters in the active partition can be found in the folder "/boot/grub". Here you find a text file called "menu.lst" containing all bootable partitions locations and specs. Edit it VERY carefully!!!!
Other OS may support "chainloading" offered by grub. In the case of no supported file system (BeOS FS, ATHEOS file system), make your install in a prepared partition (logical or primary, as you like), make this partition bootable (it's a -very quick- part of the installation). Then, you have to edit the grub parameters in your first partition (i made it with UBUNTU 8.043 LTS, as root, "sudo su" in a terminal, enter password for root, and launch "gedit", then open "/boot/grub/menu.lst" and add similar lines, according to your configuration:
You can have sometimes, a "broken" boot, with a "no setup signature" and no boot, after a new OS installation. According to this link, you have to call for rescue UBUNTU live-CD for restoring MBR grub parameters with following commands:
CMOV & CX8 bugs
How disapointing to boot a fresh-burned ArchLinux and getting this fatal warning:
BELKIN F5D7050 Wireless 802.11g USB Network Adapter
"I think it won't work with Linux!" telled me the sells assistant when i bought this "big" USB Wifi adapter... False: once plugged-in on a laptop, password entered, wifi connection worked like a charm within Ubuntu 8 LTS!
BASILISKII (and some others) within Puppy Linux 3.01
I discovered these days an archeoinformatics' gem with Puppy White fang (login=puppy, password=woofwoof), md5 here, only 49,6 MB, derivative Puppy Linux based on Puppy 3.01 with kernel 126.96.36.199. Installed it on a P200MMX with 256MB RAM and tried to configure it with usual apps, like minivmac (Mac Plus emulator) and BasiliskII (68k emulator) and yabasic (Basic programming language for Linuxes and Windows).
Here, you will find some advices for installing and setting up these apps in a Puppy Linux White Fang hard-drive installed system, and NOT within a live-cd session.
Shared USB device connected to your home router-box: HOWTO setup & access?
I wanted to setup a little 1GB USB device connected to the USB port of my neufbox-sfr to make a "public" shared folder between my networked PC & Macs, always powered and with a read/write operations access. The specific problem is that none of my computers have the same OS. So, i have to find a specific solution for each OS. I writed here my conclusions.
How the Hell make a screenshot in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger???
Just press Apple(=command)+Shift+3 (listen to the noise of a digital-camera-pressed-button?) and your screenshot is ready as file "image 1", "image 2"...etc on your desktop (default format is png).
GEMA RANSOMWARE : viral infection of Windows PC in january-february 2012
How the Hell to get rid of this f...cking blocking virus?
Just visit excellent Malekal Site, all detailed explanations are given there.
Otherwise, the bad file (malware) is located into "C:/Windows/System32/InetAccelerator.exe", and you need to download at http://www.malwarebytes.org/the free version of Malwarebyte Anti-Malware.
Before this download, you MUST first recover one's touch with key-sequence "CTRL+ALT+PAUSE".
My 404 error interception...
Is very simple, much more than yours, i'm pretty sure.
To do so, you have to create a ".htaccess" file at the root of your site with following content:
So, my ".htaccess" file looks like following:
So, to make short, if your site is hosted on an Apache server, without any code, you can make your own 404 HTML page.
The most difficult of this task is to upload ".htaccess" file on your server (or provider's server) from a MicroSoft Windows system, as ".htaccess" will be refused as a file name. I suggest you to rename this file as "noname.htaccess", upload it to the root of your homesite, and rename it again, but within your (Windows or other) ftp application in ".htaccess". It works for me without problem (Windows XP SP7 (joke!) and freeware FTP explorer), and this demonstrates -too- that your (provider's) host system belongs to the UNIX family (probably LINUX).
Again, Say "NO" to the "Software patents", or servers, like the one you surf on, and pages, like the one you're just looking at, will disappeared...and many people will be prosecuted. OpenSource productions and communities are spikes in the ass of the Commercial Computer Industry: the CCI need them to go ahead, but is not aware of this fact.
Driver HP ScanJet 6300C Win7/MacOS
Complete list of drivers and supported systems is on this page from HP.
Flatbed Scanner HP Scanjet is NOT compatible with Win7, as explained here. So don't lose your time finding a driver for Win7! XP driver IS NOT COMPATIBLE, and doesn't work within Win7 (i tested for you)...Supported Windows systems are W95 up to XP.
As for Mac OS, there is drivers for Mac OS 8, 9 and Mac OS X. I didn't test the Mac OS8 driver. I tested the Mac OS 9 Driver found here, called COL10231.sit Within the "Classic environment" of Mac OS X 10.4, and it works perfectly after a fluid, quick & simple installation...(PPC CPU)-screenshot here
As for Mac OS X native driver (Jaguar and earlier Mac OS X are NOT SUPPORTED), the one found on this page, called sj455fr.sit works like a charm after a fluid, quick & simple installation...(PPC CPU, of course!)-screenshot here
Repositories for old Debian Releases
Installation of Old Debian releases, even if they are in a "End Of Life" status, are possible. But you have to "fix" the default repositories at the installation stage.
ALL DEBIAN RELEASES ARE ARCHIVED AT http://archive.debian.org/debian/. So, at installation time, when the internet mirrors question is asked, type "YES", and select manual settings (up) and type:
if it dosen't work try with:
then, setup app ask you for the location of packages, suggesting
Just press "enter" key to confirm.
Then, install app alerts you about that no security updates are available: it's OK (Released versions are "EOL" and have no such updates, since they're sort of "dead" OS... but still there and usable!
Something VERY annoying is the lack of support of old debian OS -especially xfree, xorg- for lower graphic resolutions, like 800x600... So, you have to press "alt" or ctrl" and move current window -from anywhere within-, to see ALL buttons, otherwise you won't be able to cancel, validate, or change important parameters. Then you'll have to change size of desktop default fonts, to make it visually more related to this poor graphic resolution...
XP reinstall issue with Compaq Presario 6000
I was on the verge of throwing away a Compaq Presario 6000 powered by an Athlon XP1800+ (given to me by a friend one year ago or more). It shipped with MS Windows XP Home edition, VERY UNSTABLE, unreliable, freezing a lot. I decided reinstalling MS Windows XP on its hard drive, deleting the whole partionning system, including the famous Compaq Recovery Partition. No problem at this stage. I added some DDR RAM, up to 1GB, a DVD/RW drive... and troubles began...
A new reinstalling of MS Windows XP was IMPOSSIBLE, as computers freezes at the beginning of the process : blue screen of death with following error messages:
Till some Googling, giving info about "Reboots, Blue Screens, and Lockups May Occur After Installing Hynix DDR Modules in Certain Presario Computers". THAT WAS THESE FAULTY RAMS.
Complete details here
So, i installed a DEBIAN 5 Linux (i'm not obsessed with MS Windows, and i was forced to install an OS working with "only" 512MB -> Goodbye XP!), made extensive tests, and managed building a stable system.
No more CD Ejection keyboard Button for Mac OS X Tiger
What follows is only a workaround, for an eMac 700, powered by Mac OS X Tiger, The CD eject button doesn't work anymore after a System update Panther=>Tiger.Keyboard is the original one, while mouse is a USB wheeled one (not apple). Pressing the keyboard eject-cd button, short or long doesn't do the trick.
I found on this forum a workaround, allowing to place a shortcut of cd-ejection button on the upper menu bar, and it works! Just launch command line tool:
But, i'm pretty sure that this keyboard button would be fully functional, with the Apple original mouse (no wheel and no second button, so no ressources eaten for them!)
USB Wifi Device Belkin F5D7050B installation for DSL-Not
I needed absolutely a "standalone" system with wireless network, being located in my TV-room, for my speech-recognition project. I had an old Belkin F5D7050B USB-Wifi device, and wanted to install it for a DSL-Not Linux powered PC. You'll find all the stages of this installation, not so hard to operate...
Type lsusb in a terminal, it should give you this listing:
This Wifi USB device will work within DSL-Not with the "ndiswrapper method". Indeed, the Windows Device Driver (W2K/XP) will "power" the device for Linux.
ndsiwrapper binary is included in DSL-Not; The device driver for Belkin F5D7050B is NOT, so you have to download it from url:
There are three files in this archive, unzip them to a temporary folder with 7zip for example, then copy them to "/home/dsl" folder.
Then, open as root the file:
add at its end the following lines:
Note that setup and connection may take some couple of seconds at booting time ...
I've not tested a different security encoding, mine's is very basic.
How to make Audacious playing midi files?
Default player Rythmbox ships with no midi module, and suggests some downloads to make it possible. I found that, for some of my midi files, audio quality was poor...
But what for Audacious? It comes with FluidSynth as default software-midi-engine-player, but with no Soundfonts, no sound can be produced!
So, if you wish using Audacious as midi-player, you can freely download such a Soundfonts at this page:
direct donwload link is:
http://www.schristiancollins.com/soundfonts/GeneralUser_GS_1.44-FluidSynth.zip - [27,3 MB]
Download this archive to a public folder. Unzip. Move unzipped folder to your home folder. Open Audacious, right-click on its main window, select "Favourites" or "Preferences" => Extension modules => "sound input" tab => AMIDI-Plug (Alsa midi player) then again lower button "Favourites" or "Preferences" => Fluidsynth output icon => Soundfonts sound banks parameters => file name tab, press "+" and select the file named "GeneralUser GS FluidSynth v1.44.sf2"
Pay attention, it's a SOFTWARE-midi-player, so it can eat-up RAM and CPU cycles, but audio quality sounds better to me as for Rythmbox...
[Error NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL] Annoying smbclient Error using Windows Sharing on your [SFR] router from Ubuntu
1/ Just check your router interface with your favourite browser...
2/ If you get some info like Windows Sharing "busy" or "in use", when you CAN'T access it
3/ Then you have to delete the sharing device, then create it again with same parameters (same device name-workgroup-service-name and password
4/ Your sharings should be online again
5/ Why all this garbage? Probably an unexpected software interruption when using Windows shared device(s), with no proper unmount or deconnection...
Which Linux on your Eee PC 1001PXD?
This netbook shipped with an Atom 1.6 GHz (AMD 64 bits compatible), 1 GB RAM, 250GB HDD. NO CD/DVD device.
Wonderfull Puppee was made for it and works "out of the box", without mods (wifi connection, video, sound). ISO is 127,3 MB. Installing it took less than 3 mn. Fast as light, but not much application! I found OpenOffice Light 1.1 here, sfs file to be expanded at a glance each time you need OOO. Works great! No working skype.
Here are some Puppeee related download urls:
The most COMPLETE Linux for EeePC 1001PXD is UBUNTU 12.04 LTS
Now, i forget all about MS-Windows!!! Enjoy!
Read Only filesystem on usb stick
It can happen after some unwanted power-off while a copy was made and not finished, or when an usb key was just mounted
Within Ubuntu 12 LTS, you can -maybe- -sometimes- -very often- fix this issue with following command line:
K3b error: "could not determine size of resulting image file".
Took me lot of time to resolve this error. As always, reading logs give the solution.
/usr/bin/genisoimage: No such file or directory. Invalid node - 'agrément_renouvellement_par_ARS_AVRIL_2015/SNATIH_-_Psy_-FOCUS_06_PRISES_en_CHARGE_à_TEMPS'.
complete file name was:
SNATIH - Psy -FOCUS 06 PRISES en CHARGE à TEMPS COMPLET-DMH_FA_NBJ_2009_2013.pdf
And a special char was displayed within string, generating a "wild cutting", and K3B Error!
SO READ YOUR LOGS WILL SPARE YOUR TIME AND NERVES!
Once again, K3B nor Linux were faulty! IT WAS ME...