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Triple Boot using Grub

11/18/2008 11:45 AM Posted In:Tech 205 Views 0 Comments
My PC is currently triple booting Mythbuntu, XP and Vista using the grub boot loader.    I had some issues getting this to work seeing the new boot loader for Vista likes to take over the world, which doesn't surprise me.   Anyway, after many, many boots and searching forums, it ended up being a fairly easy solution, and thought I would post it.   

After you get your hard drives partitioned for the 3 OSes, install XP, then install Vista.    Now after you boot your PC, the Vista boot loader starts with 2 choices, Microsoft Vista or "Earlier Version of Windows" (being the XP OS).    Now that dual boot is working fine, time to install Linux (using grub as the boot loader, lilo should be fine too, but I have always used grub).   After Linux is installed, you will now notice that grub starts, and you will see the Windows OS listed.   Then you try to boot into Windows and Oh no!  Doesn't work!

Boot into Linux and su to root (or use sudo) and modify /boot/grub/menu.lst  Any configuration file you modify, I strongly suggest to use vi.   Some of the fancy text editors like to put underlying formatting in the test, which can screw up everything.

Scroll down to the Windows section of the boot loader, and in my case I had to do some modifying.   I am not sure if this was an issue with how grub detected the Windows partitions or if an issue with Ubuntu (or Mythbuntu).

I had to change the following to get everything back to normal.

root -->   change from hd1,0 to hd0,0
map -->   comment both out    (this change took my quite awhile to figure out as simple as it is)

Here is what my new Windows section of the boot loader looks like (the /dev/sdb1 will depend on which drives you have, and the hd0,0 could also be different too)

# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb1
title                Windows Vista/Longhorn (loader)
root                (hd0,0)           
savedefault
makeactive
#map            (hd0) (hd1)
#map            (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader     +1

So now when I boot, the grub boot loader will start first, then I choose Windows Vista / Longhorn.    This will call the Windows Vista boot loader (the reason for chainloader +1 option), and now we are asked to boot Vista or and Earlier Version of Windows.   Whohoo, all OSes now boot again.

I am not sure if this will help your booting issues if you are having any, but it was the solution in my case.

PS3 Harddrive Upgrade

11/15/2008 11:45 AM Posted In:Tech 212 Views 0 Comments
I have had my PS3 since a week after they were released in Oct 2006.    The 60GB drive was getting very hard to manage especially with many new games that "install" to the hard drive for faster loading, and with all our Rockband / Guitar Hero downloads too.   It was between the Western Digital Scorpio and the Seagate Momentus, both 320GB.    I heard the 500GB drives available now could be too thick to fit in the PS3 HDD slot.    WD drives are my preferred drives and Seagate makes all the drives for the PS3.   The store only had the Seagate Momentus, so that is what I when with.    There is a debate on the internet weather to go with 5400rpm or 7200rpm drives (PS3 has 5400rpm installed).    The 7200rpm will produce more heat, and has very little performance gain.   I heard the heat difference is only 1 - 2 degrees, but I cannot prove that.   And in perfomance testing, only gaining a few seconds here and there, so weather the 7200 is worth it or not, not sure.   But I got a 7200 regardless

To install the drive, all you need is:
- a small philips screw driver
- an external USB hard drive (unless you have nothing to backup off your old drive)

First, connect the external USB drive to your PC, and create a FAT32 partiton large enough to backup all your PS3 data.   I partitioned with XPs Diskmanagement Tool, and formated with
fat32format.exe

Connect the external USB drive to any available USB port on the PS3

Boot the PS3 and browse to System Settings --> Backup Utility --> Backup, answer Yes, and you should see the external drive listed and start your backup.   (took about 2 hours to backup 55GB for me)

Shutdown and disconnect your PS3

Remove the plastic HDD door in the left side of the PS3 (it just pops off)

Remove the blue screw (in the middle) and lift the little metal handle, and slide the cage to the left, and lift the drive out.

Observe the direction / placement of the drive in the cage, and remove the 4 screws (some people have stripped these screws, just make sure you are using the proper size of philips screw driver as they are kinda tight)

Mount the new drive in the cage the same way the old one was, slip it in the PS3 HDD slot and slide it to the right to connect it and replace the blue screw.

Reconnect and boot your PS3, and the PS3 should be prompting to format the new drive.   Accept and the format only takes a few seconds.   If you do not automatically get the format option on boot, you can under System Settings --> Format utility, or the drive you bought is not compatible and was not detected (any SATA 2.5 should be compatible however)

Now connect the external drive again, and browse to System Settings -->  Backup Utility  -> Restore  

The PS3 should have found the restore on the external drive, select it and start the restore process (about 1:5 hours for me to restore 55GB).

Once completed, disconnect the external drive and your new hard drive is ready to use.


God of War Review

05/23/2005 11:06 PM Posted In:Tech 447 Views 0 Comments

GOD OF WAR

So your this dude Kratos, out to find Pandora's Box to save Athens from being destroyed by the renegade god Ares. This is a fast action hack and slash kinda game, much like Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers (another awesome game I recommend). You battle through areas of Athens, gaining experience points to later upgrade your weapons and magic. The game has some puzzling puzzles and some frustrating parts like walking on a skinny beam, falling off and having to run a mile back to where you were. The bosses can be difficult, but each have their technique to defeat them, you will find yourself hacking and shooting everything you have with no damage to the boss, only to find out you should be breaking columns to bring the roof down on him. Stuff like that... The gameplay is alot of fun, Kratos is fast, easy to move, and full of easy combos, so even button mashers will pull off some really cool shit. With harder to defeat enemies, you will stun them and an indicator appears above their head, if you press the appropriate button sequence displayed, you will pull off a very cool looking fatal move on your enemy. The visuals are awesome, a very evil dark game with beautiful backgrounds and amazing weapon effects (can be distracting, hehehe). And did I mention boobs! This is the first game I have played with actual naked women and Kratos gets lucky too!

Reader's Digest version:

Excellent PS2 game that pushes the graphic capabilities of the console. Great gameplay for a hack and slash game, with good variety to keep you wanting more. The puzzles can be frustrating, but that is what FAQs are for ; ) . I highly recommend this game for the PS2, oh and did I mention it has boobs!

 

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PC Upgrade / Mods

01/09/2005 09:55 PM Posted In:Tech 479 Views 0 Comments
Specs:

AMD 3200+ Barton Core

MSI KT600 LSR Delta MB

512MB Dual Channel PMI  3200 DDR

 

 

 

 

                

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January 9th, 2005

 

New ATI Radeon 9600XT AIW video card.  whoohoo.  I added some pictures below.   

 

December 12th, 2004

I decided to quiet this thing down and get some better cooling.  I bought the SilentTower heat pipe from Thermaltake, but the brackets didn't work with my motherboard, so I traded it for a SilentBoost A1889 from Thermaltake.    The fan is silent and my CPU dropped 8-10 degrees down to 52 degrees idle, 54 with load.   I replaced a mirror that was removed to compensate for the CoolerMaster Cool Drive4 LCD fan controller and temperature monitor.   I replaced the tri-colour side fan with an Antec tri-colour fan.   The original fan was a 4-pin connector, I needed a 3 pin connector so I get to control the fan rpms.   I re-wired the pc, the original setup was done a little fast and there were some cable messes that I had to clean up.   Plus all these temperature sensors, additional fans, lights, and devices generate a butt load of wires.    With all these changes, the pc is still not as quiet as I wished, so today I am going to hunt the noise sources and see if I can surpress some of it.  I still have some noise dampening material from my car audio days I can use too.   Basically, I want my pc seen but not heard......

 

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Front light
Front dark
Side
Side mirrors
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New LCD fan and temp monitor
New front
New dual fan Enermax PSU
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (Barton core)
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This monster heatsink was intended, but was incompatible with motherboard...:(
heatsink that did fit (right) and the old one (left)
     bottom of heatsink      www.thermaltake.com
New PSU and CPU heatsink/fan installed
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DVD+-RW mirror
Inside PC
VGA temp and side fan RPM
VGA temp and side fan RPM
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Inside mirrors
Inside dark
Chrome RAM heat sinks 
Biohazard
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Side dark
Inside dark
Entire inside is mirrored
Inside
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Mirrors
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CPU Box
Motherboard Box
More new stuff
ATI 9600XT AIW
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ATI and GF2 MX

 

 

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