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by captaintrav
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 19
Views: 743

Re: Fun with Linux software RAID

The new installer in 18.04 is garbage. I had no success getting a system to boot after creating a simple 2 disk RAID 1 mdraid array and booting from it. Reverted back to server 16.04 and it's fine.
by captaintrav
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run - SOLVED
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Re: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run - SOLVED

I wonder if one of the Windows updates was for the wireless driver, if he was on wireless. I had enormous problems with Windows Updates failing on a Windows 7 laptop, then at some point it dawned on me to try Ethernet, and it started working again. The Windows Updates service seems to be really fini...
by captaintrav
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run - SOLVED
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Re: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run

Do you have an SSD in that laptop? I'd try another disk especially if it's an SSD. I've seen some pretty weird issues arising from defective SSDs, and there doesn't seem to be things like disk errors in the event log, but after testing RAM and exhausting other ideas, tried a different drive and magi...
by captaintrav
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing XP these days.
Replies: 21
Views: 1572

Re: Installing XP these days.

I've had great success using VirtualBox for an XP emulator. This is all games of DX6 an earlier or possibly OpenGL prior to 2 (certainly 3). Anything newer than that and I would expect it to work in modern windows. Probably, but I'd rather run anything of the DirectX9 era on XP for the nostalgia fa...
by captaintrav
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing XP these days.
Replies: 21
Views: 1572

Re: Installing XP these days.

Any issues running too much hardware on XP, like games that don't like a fast CPU?

I have a Core i5-750 and 8GB of ram, I'm aware that I can't use that in XP unless I run the bastard child XP x64.
by captaintrav
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing XP these days.
Replies: 21
Views: 1572

Re: Installing XP these days.

Any recommendations on what is best for gaming in a VM? I've used Virtual Box and VMWare, I'm not sure if one would be better than the other?
by captaintrav
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing XP these days.
Replies: 21
Views: 1572

Installing XP these days.

I'm well aware of the security risks, but thinking of building a system just for old games -> I don't have any hardware worth trying new games on so no need for newer OS. My question is if Windows Update is still working for XP? If I install it and temporarily connect it to the internet is it going ...
by captaintrav
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: **** wants to run every boot
Replies: 4
Views: 1286

**** wants to run every boot

edit: this post is about the Linux file system check, apparently it's a bad word so therefore the asterisks :lol: Ubuntu 16.04 -> when I log in I keep getting /dev/md0 will be checked for errors at next boot. Okay. Check the status of the filesystem: Last checked: Thu Jul 20 16:53:52 2017 Check inte...
by captaintrav
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 6408

Re: Average fuel consumption

I know on some Dodge products, so I imagine Chrysler/Jeep as well, tunes from Superchips did vastly alter the throttle response. At least for my friend that had one on his Durango, unfortunately it gets locked to the VIN so I can't reprogram mine as well. :lol:
by captaintrav
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 6408

Re: Average fuel consumption

I never thought of but the TBW system probably is why my Durango seems pretty nonchalant when you mash the gas from a dead stop, cause the power once you hit about 30mph seems a lot more so. I always chalked it up to the revs needing to get up, but I bet it has more to do with the programming TBW th...
by captaintrav
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 6408

Re: Average fuel consumption

End User wrote:
Shobai wrote:
Yikes!

What are you paying for fuel? Our 98 octane is $1.61 per litre.

91 is $1.41 CDN


Ouch 91 octane can be had here for just over $1, I'm guessing 91 would be $1.10-1.15. I think we have some of the cheapest gas prices in Canada though.
by captaintrav
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 6408

Re: Average fuel consumption

I was down to 10.5 mpg but a 2 hour drive to MD upped it immensely to 14.0. 95% of my driving is in the city, so having a heavy 3 row SUV and a thirst 5.7 Hemi is a bad equation for getting good fuel economy. Luckily, I only have a 7 mile round trip daily drive to work every day, so even at those v...
by captaintrav
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 2170

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

Just as a note, there is microcode updates for all kinds of processors in the package, but Intel hasn't released any *new* microcode updates for anything older than Haswell. Well, sure, but if it isn't available, it simply isn't available whether you are hacking it into the firmware or using your d...
by captaintrav
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 2170

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

Just as a note, there is microcode updates for all kinds of processors in the package, but Intel hasn't released any *new* microcode updates for anything older than Haswell. I suppose they had to draw a line somewhere, but especially in the data center 5 years seems fairly short. Not necessarily. I...
by captaintrav
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 2170

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

Just as a note, there is microcode updates for all kinds of processors in the package, but Intel hasn't released any *new* microcode updates for anything older than Haswell. Well, sure, but if it isn't available, it simply isn't available whether you are hacking it into the firmware or using your d...
by captaintrav
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 2170

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

If you are running linux, just use whatever intel microcode package your distro provides. Ubtuntu updated theirs just 3 days after Intel released the microcode. That's way safer than messing with firmware like that, and it accomplishes the same thing. --- I believe there is a way to do something si...
by captaintrav
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 21785

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Update 22: https://blog.online.net/2018/01/03/important-note-about-the-security-flaw-impacting-arm-intel-hardware/ Yep. Desktop users may not care but this is causing absolute hell in performance-sensitive applications with lots of syscalls. I wonder if for whatever reason (kernel design?) Linux is...
by captaintrav
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 21785

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

PCID and INVPCID would require significant work to the Windows 7 kernel. So if the patch lacks the hardware acceleration path, I would not be surprised. Windows 7 is outside of mainstream support, Microsoft not gonna waste their time tweaking the kernel. Server 2008 and Server 2012 don't even have ...
by captaintrav
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 21785

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Microsoft is claiming Windows 7 has more of a performance hit than Windows 10 due to kernel design differences. But.... PCID acceleration is missing on the Windows 7 version of the patch. I don't want to spread FUD, but whether by necessity or by choice, whether you have a Skylake or newer isn't goi...
by captaintrav
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 21785

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

If I'm understanding things properly, the mitigation for Meltdown is going to have more of a performance impact if your processor doesn't support process context identifiers, which means Haswell and newer, but Wikipedia says it was introduced with Westmere. Maybe just for certain SKUs before Haswel...
by captaintrav
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 21785

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

If I'm understanding things properly, the mitigation for Meltdown is going to have more of a performance impact if your processor doesn't support process context identifiers, which means Haswell and newer, but Wikipedia says it was introduced with Westmere. Maybe just for certain SKUs before Haswell...
by captaintrav
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 21785

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Man, this is going to be some kind of nightmare. I work with about 1400 managed desktops and laptops. We're already fighting with getting everyone up to speed with updates for the Intel Management Engine firmware, and patching TPM firmware because of Infineon's tpm vulnerability which is a real PITA...
by captaintrav
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 127645

Re: Winter weather

The overnight lows until last night here were -33C, -36C, -34C, -31C. Absolutely ridiculous. It's -12C here now after warming up overnight. Hopefully not too many more cold snaps like that one. To top it all off, winter wouldn't be so bad if I could partake in my favourite winter activity, snowmobil...
by captaintrav
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7542

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

There's this one version of the Visual Studio C++ runtime that will drop temporary files in C:\ and then fail to delete them. It's an older one, either 2005 or maybe 2008, and every now and again I run into a program still using that version. I have those files in the root of c:\ :lol: Also of note...
by captaintrav
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7542

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

It's since been fixed in newer versions, but at least for 2013 versions of Autodesk *A whole bunch of products*, the installer would refuse to continue if you didn't have .Net 4.5 installed, including if you had 4.6 or newer installed. What moron couldn't fathom that 4.5 might not be the last versio...
by captaintrav
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7542

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Just today, updating a very popular VM program on a machine, it complained it did not have rights to a certain folder within the install folder. Checking the folder showed the folder it wanted to update did not exist. I created the folder, named it to what the program wanted, and it proceeded just ...
by captaintrav
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7542

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

One vendor whose software stores its data in a MS Access backend (bad enough already), performs extremely poorly when the .mdb files are hosted over a WAN link with "high" latency -> around 5-6ms. The software vendor's response to our inquiries about why the software performs so poorly (no...
by captaintrav
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7542

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

I don't know if this is still true to this day, but to install some one-of Oracle patches on Windows you needed a perl interpreter installed, which is a pretty bizarre requirement on Windows, especially for something that essentially just updated a couple of files in the client software.
by captaintrav
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7542

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

just brew it! wrote:
@Waco - Could be worse. You could be using Lotus IBM Notes. "It's not dead yet!" :wink:


We are. And despite promises it's going away, it looks at this point that it will still be around when we migrate to Windows 10.
by captaintrav
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7542

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

This was ages ago (2006, probably), but the software that came with a Philips digital photo frame I bought refused to install if you had less than 10% free space on your HDD. It didn't matter if you had a 40 GB drive or a 400. I ended up having to move a bunch of stuff to my D: drive, install the s...