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by Waco
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SAS9211-8I flashing ir to it
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: SAS9211-8I flashing ir to it

Older versions of the flash tool can be more successful as they tend to check fewer things. I had excellent luck with the DOS and EFI versions of the tools. Once you find a version that will wipe the firmware you can generally use that one for the flash of the new IT or IR firmware without too much ...
by Waco
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people
Replies: 15
Views: 642

Re: Linus Torvalds to stop flaming people

Wow. I know I can count myself in the list of people who were more hesitant to submit kernel patches due to him being a jerk about things that weren't perfectly to his standards or style.

Good for him!
by Waco
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 1767

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

Price is one hell of an upside though- I don't really see a significant price difference between shingled archive/surveillance drives and perfectly decent NAS/desktop PMR drives though. Maybe 5-10% cheaper, if at all. If you're shucking drives, they're uber cheap. I paid on average $125 per 8 TB dr...
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

We used to do reviews for OverClockersClub.com from 2010 through late 2016. Nothing particularly fancy, but it was a good way to spend time with new hardware. Writing the reviews was a huge time-sink and we also were told we couldn't do reviews any more once we started to control funding/purchasing ...
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

Parts are here! I'll spend more time composing something once Hurricane Florence has passed (or maybe before to distract myself from my family being idiots and not evac'ing). I got it booted in the mobo box with an old GTX 770 for video. 32 GB of ECC validated with memtest for 8 hours so far. I figu...
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?
Replies: 46
Views: 3150

Re: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?

just brew it! wrote:
The SAS expander standard seems to have been thought out and implemented a lot better than the SATA port multiplier standards.

They happily tunnel SATA protocol as well. Some of my more dense systems have nearly 1000 drives attached, all SATA.
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2018 Hurricane Season
Replies: 25
Views: 745

Re: 2018 Hurricane Season

My family is stupidly refusing to evacuate. Charleston county, they live a few miles inland at about 7 feet above sea level, essentially surrounded on 3 sides by water. They're utterly screwed if it runs towards the southern end of the models in the slightest. Are they still sticking to that decisi...
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?
Replies: 46
Views: 3150

Re: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?

BTW, in IT mode don't add the boot ROM unless you need to actually boot directly from drives attached to the card. No other use for it on an HBA, as a side benefit doing this speeds up your POST and reduces the chance of annoying obscure incompatibilities with motherboards or other card firmware. T...
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?
Replies: 46
Views: 3150

Re: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?

Yep. I've wiped them clean (force remove BIOS and firmware) and still been able to get them recognized enough by the flashing tool to write the new one. Even through reboots and power losses.
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?
Replies: 46
Views: 3150

Re: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?

If you're going between IR and IT firmware it can be interesting. I'm no longer scared of completely wiping the BIOS/Firmware. :P
by Waco
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Receive Side Scaling - latency hazard?
Replies: 19
Views: 11575

Re: Receive Side Scaling - latency hazard?

Disabling interrupt moderation on your NIC likely has a bigger effect than nearly anything else you can do client-side. You'll eat up more CPU cycles but at least your packets will ping the CPU immediately instead of waiting to see if any more show up.
by Waco
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2018 Hurricane Season
Replies: 25
Views: 745

Re: 2018 Hurricane Season

My family is stupidly refusing to evacuate. Charleston county, they live a few miles inland at about 7 feet above sea level, essentially surrounded on 3 sides by water. They're utterly screwed if it runs towards the southern end of the models in the slightest.
by Waco
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Boot Freeze
Replies: 13
Views: 624

Re: SSD Boot Freeze

IIRC the system may not boot if AHCI wasn't enabled when installing Windows. At least that's how it used to be I think? Used to be - but if he's reinstalling anyway it shouldn't be a problem. I think Windows 10 does handle this properly. You could fix it on XP/7/8 by going into recovery mode and in...
by Waco
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Boot Freeze
Replies: 13
Views: 624

Re: SSD Boot Freeze

Try switching your onboard SATA controller to AHCI mode at the very least...but I agree with the others, try a new cable.
by Waco
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?
Replies: 46
Views: 3150

Re: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?

Oh, and if it helps allay any concerns people might have about flashing these LSI cards, they are purportedly brick-proof. Failed or incorrect firmware flashes can supposedly be recovered without special tools. (I have never had to test this assertion myself, as they've always flashed successfully ...
by Waco
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Quick help with Java 9+
Replies: 15
Views: 983

Re: Quick help with Java 9+

I wish I could help, but I avoid Java like the plague. C, C++, and Fortran for the win!
by Waco
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux+Threadripper plunge
Replies: 18
Views: 1181

Re: Linux+Threadripper plunge

Plex is fairly straightforward to manage via the GUI if need be. I've only had to login to mine once or twice when an upgrade blew up on me.
by Waco
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Nas solutions
Replies: 23
Views: 817

Re: Nas solutions

The real value in automated scrubs is for data that's rarely read, like backups or logs. That's one of the big reasons I use FreeNAS/ZFS, as it prevents any sort of bit rot on something you wouldn't immediately notice corruption on. If you have a 100% active dataset, sure, you don't really need to ...
by Waco
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Nas solutions
Replies: 23
Views: 817

Re: Nas solutions

Exactly. I didn’t understand that either. My biggest Freenas issues are usually SMB versioning, and sometimes share permissions for both Win / Lin clients. Exactly. I have mine set to run once a month (I think that's the default), and that's super overkill but useful for ferreting out dying drives ...
by Waco
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Nas solutions
Replies: 23
Views: 817

Re: Nas solutions

Roncat - I don't understand your FreeNAS gotchas. Losing data and losing access to data are two very different things in my mind. Assuming you set up your pools properly the hardware you run on really only affects uptime, not so much data integrity... Scrubs are all automated with very little effort.
by Waco
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Nas solutions
Replies: 23
Views: 817

Re: Nas solutions

ZFS does not require ECC any more than any other file system . Don't let the rants of a particular person (who is no longer an admin from what I understand) on the FreeNAS forums deter you. I choose to have ECC for mine simply because I live at high altitude and I don't want to think about it - but ...
by Waco
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: High or low fps?
Replies: 37
Views: 2432

Re: High or low fps?

I doubt that's entirely just gamers having higher standards. I think it's gamers getting spoiled along with the narrative from manufacturers and reviewers pushing it more than anything. I'm in the middle ground group. My Titan Xm clearly isn't up to snuff for driving a 4K panel at high frames in al...
by Waco
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 1767

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

You forgot Blockchain optimization, deep learning, and Cloud. :P


just brew it! wrote:
Mechanical HDDs need to be added to the list of things you really don't want to know the inner workings of (like sausage factories and Congress).

SSDs as well, but there's even *more* complexity there!
by Waco
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

cheesyking wrote:
Honestly, you go through setting up all that and then you put in on a wooden shelf instead of a rack :roll:

The WAF for a half or quarter rack was lower than the WAF for a server upgrade. :)
by Waco
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 1767

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

ST[XXXX]DM 004 drives are shingled. Any of the ST[XXXX]DM 00 0 4 drives are CMR. Hah. Really? I wonder if there are DM0O4 too. Or if the next thing will be DM00004. Yeah, it's pretty ridiculous. I chewed out my Seagate rep about it but they're pretty uncaring about the consumer market these days (t...
by Waco
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: TP-Link Problems
Replies: 13
Views: 630

Re: TP-Link Problems

If you haven't, update the firmware. I had similar issues when I first bought my C9 (although not as frequent as your issue), firmware updates fixed it pretty quickly. That's the thing, the router rejects new firmware updates after a few versions. Spouts some error about the wrong thing. Seeing as ...
by Waco
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 1767

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

(along with the Barracuda Compute 5900 RPM drives that are also shingled without telling you) Yeah, I just got burned by the SMR "feature" of the 4TB Barracuda Compute drives (ST4000DM004). Just figured out the issue last night, in fact. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES try to use these in...
by Waco
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 1767

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

Well, of course almost any SATA drive will work, but look at this test, for example : https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/surveillance-hard-drive-performance,3831-5.html You'll notice that the access time for the WD RE (current Gold) drive is 8.8 ms vs 15.1 ms for the WD purple drive. Not a trivia...
by Waco
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: TP-Link Problems
Replies: 13
Views: 630

Re: TP-Link Problems

If you haven't, update the firmware. I had similar issues when I first bought my C9 (although not as frequent as your issue), firmware updates fixed it pretty quickly.
by Waco
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The promise and failure of home automation...
Replies: 18
Views: 1089

Re: The promise and failure of home automation...

This is exactly why I've avoided all of the "smart" appliances and bulbs in the past few years. All run on proprietary protocols that die when the network connection goes down.

Also...25 Hz? Build something bigger. 5 Hz is where it's at. :P
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