January
31
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-01-31

HELP ME SOMEONE! I have spent the better part of the last 24 hours in a futile attempt to salvage my data. Here’s the full report.

My previous setup was an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard with an integrated Silicon Image 3112A S-ATA RAID controller. Connected to said controller was two hard drives, identical Western Digital WD800JD’s in a RAID-0 (Striped) array, forming one nice 160GB drive.

I’ve always been under the impression that in a RAID config, the array data was stored on the drive and not dependant upon the controller. Apparently, that is not the case. At least not all the time. The SI3112 is a “fakeraid” controller as I’ve seen it referred to, using a combination of hardware and software to accomplish the job.

Now jump forward – with the new motherboard (Asus K8N-E) comes a new RAID controller. It’s apparently manufactured by nVidia themselves, beyond that I can’t tell you much about it. I despise the BIOS and RAID ROM config on this new board. I’ve tried rearranging the drives to the difrerent SATA ports on the motherboard, tweaking every possible option in the BIOS and RAID config. I hit a brickwall everytime. I actually had Ubuntu Breezy recognizing the drives and the array this morning, but for the life of me it wouldn’t mount the NTFS partitions. The three distinct NTFS devices were listed in /dev/mapper after using dmraid, but they absolutely would not mount. I should’ve saved the error message for posting here to see if that helped anyone. Something in the neighborhood of “bad superblock” I think…

I only want my pictures and a few other important files back. They are priceless. When I got my new DVD burner a while back, the first thing I did was burn my MP3 collection to a few discs, but I got interrupted and never went back and made backups of anything else. My last full backup that I know of was done probably 2+ years ago – before I got the new Canon, and before several of these documents that I need were created.

Take my advice folks – BACKUP your junk. Get an online storage account from somewhere like StrongSpace. It’s more important than you realize and you won’t realize it until it’s too late. After you back it up, TEST it and make sure your restore works.

I’ll now open the floor to you for your input on how to rescue me from my data disaster. It just sucks knowing the data is sitting there but I can’t access it.

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January
31
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2006-01-31

I decided to screenshot this because the tables markup was ugly.
My Superhero Profile
Which superhero are you?
Hat tip: Alex King

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January
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2006-01-30

I’m pretty sure this is a sin against Linus, but oh well. If this works out semi-OK, I might ditch the Windows partition on this machine all together.
Windows 2000 VMware Player

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January
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-01-30

Slashdot is running a story about how Microsoft Tricks Hacker Into Jail and it’s quite entertaining. Especially this part:

[Microsoft] has also expressed fears that making its source code public could allow hackers to find security holes in Microsoft products — though, so far, intruders are doing fine without the source.

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January
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2006-01-30

This is getting awfully close to 50/50 if you ask me. I think I need to dig up some scripture and see if I can make this increase any.

62% Good

Hat tip: Brandon Jaynes

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January
29
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2006-01-29

Tonight, I finally got intriqued enough to poke around and look for the “easy” way to upgrade to KDE 3.5 on my SuSE machine without breaking any dependencies like I usually do with my “wget” and “rpm -uvh kde*.rpm” and found just what I wanted. The Linux and Open Source Blog is constantly turning up in my search results for this sort of thing and the mpost KDE 3.5 Available for SUSE 10.0 was no exception. Fire up YaST and add this as a installation repository:

ftp://pub/linux/suse/ftp.suse.com/suse/i386/supplementary/KDE/update_for_10.0/yast-source/

Then, just go to YaST->Software Management, change Filter to “Package Groups” and scroll all the way down and select “zzz All” from the bottom of the list. Finally, right-click somewhere in the package list in the right-hand pane, select “All in This List->Update if newer version available” click the Accept button and wait while they dowload and install.

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January
27
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2006-01-27

I think this is my fourth post today. Impressive, eh?

Your Brain’s Pattern
my brain pattern
Your mind is an incubator for good ideas, it just takes a while for them to develop.
But when you think of something, watch out!
Your thoughts tend to be huge, and they come on quickly – like an explosion.
You tend to be quiet around others, unless you’re inspired by your next big idea.

Hat tip: Josiah @ BuzzingBye

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January
27
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-01-27

Well, I bit the bullet and some components are now en-route to me to get my gaming PC back up and running.

AMD Athlon 64 Processor

  • AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Venice core)
  • Socket 754

Asus K8N-E Motherboard

I’ve got a whole post coming up dedicated to bashing ZipZoomFly.com and their stupid order verification department, so stay tuned for that. I should’ve had my components today so I could get it up and running this weekend, but now it looks like I’ll have them on Monday.

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