RLSLOG.net is down (temporarily – hopefully!)

As of Jun 29 14:36:45 requests to http://www.rlslog.net are returning:

Hold on!
There are too many RLSLOG readers connected to our server. Wait a minute or two and try again!

So not down as in wiped off the net but RLSLOG.net is down for any useful purpose..

I guess we’ll have to use the RLSLOG twitter feed. Actually… doesn’t look like it’s been updated since November 2009.

Categories: News, P2P

Realtek RTL-8110SC is a pile of shit but here’s some links to drivers

Sourced from here:

Realtek Driver – for Gigabit Ethernet chip – RTL8110SC(L)

NOTE: This driver below causes kernel panic on Ubuntu 11.04 with kernel 2.6.38-8-generic and 2.6.38-8-generic-pae when installed on a Jetway mini-itx 7F4K1G5-PB rev:3.1 motherboard. It compiles fine but when loaded into kernel with modprobe cause kernel panic after a few seconds – probably during the auto negiotiation stage.

Realtek RTL-8110SC Gigabit Ethernet Rev 10
Subsystem: Jetway Device: 10ec

I could only get the driver “r8169 Gigabit Ethernet 2.3LK-NAPI” that comes with Ubuntu 11.04 to work with this chip in 10Mb Full Duplex mode. All other modes resulted in 40-60% packet loss or total failure.

I used mii-tool --force=10BaseT-FD eth0 to force 10Mb Full Duplex. The Left light is out on NIC when in 10Mb mode and the right LED flashes on activity.

LINUX driver for kernel 2.6.x and 2.4.X (support x86 and x64) – “support” is obviously a loose word here
Version: 6.014.00
Date: 2010/9/10

My next attempt is to install Windows XP on the box and run Linux in VirtualBox. Hopefully the drivers for Windows are less shit. I don’t expect that these chips support “Large Send Offload” so will be disabling that in Advanced Settings.

WinXP and WinServer 2003 Driver
Version: 5.719
Date: 2011/5/20

Win7 Driver
Version: 7.043
Date: 2011/5/20

Vista and WinServer 2008 Driver
Version: 6.247
Date: 2011/3/21

Auto-negotiate 1000Mbps

Found this over here in the comments so thought I’d share this tip here:

There is way to “fix” the speed on a gig-ethernet NIC while complying with the standard, based on the last paragraph of the article mentioned above by Shawn (http://standards.ieee.org/reading/ieee/interp/IEEE802.3af-2003interp-6.pdf):

# ethtool -s eth0 speed 1000 duplex full autoneg on

The NIC keeps the auto-negotiation but only advertises 1000mbps. It works fine.

Categories: Linux

Suspend a machine and shutdown VMware ESX 4.1 in a hurry

Tired of waiting for VMware vSphere Client to connect to your ESX host, perform an inventory just so you can suspend your VM and shutdown your ESX server?

If you haven’t already enabled sshd on your ESX host do so now.

Thomas Maurer has an easy to follow guide with screen shots – Activate SSHd on ESX 4.1.

If you have an older version you’ll need to switch to ALT-F1 and type unsupported then vi /etc/inetd.conf, uncomment sshd, followed by /sbin/services.sh restart (or a reboot).

For more info on how to enable sshd in older versions of ESX check out ESXi (ESX 3i) Enable SSH

ssh into your ESX 4.1 and login as root…

Using the ESX CLI or ESX Command Line Interface or ESX Console to issue the following commands:

# Get a list of all VMS currently on the ESX host
vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms

# Suspend Virtual Machine 32 (From output of previous command)
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.suspend 32

# Flush disks

# Power off

If you are doing this nightly replace 32 in the second command above with the VM id of your machine and copy and paste this all into the ssh window and walk away.

Console Hack MacOS X 10.6 – Snow Leopard

Command-S on boot to get into single user mode

# All commands in Unix are CASE Sensitive

# Run a disk check to make sure the filesystem is in a good state
fsck -fy

# mount the root filesystem read/write as it’s readonly at this point
mount -uw /

# Start Apple Directory Services – as they don’t use normal Unix password files
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist

# Reset your password to CoolPassword … or what ever your usual password is (keep it the same as your previous one so your KeyChain continues to work)
dscl . -passwd /Users/Daniel CoolPassword

# Flush disks to make sure changes are written

# reboot

You can also try Apple’s solution to Mac OS X 10.5: Unable to log in after an upgrade install

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AVI: Convert AC3 Audio to MP3

February 15, 2011 1 comment

Do you have a DVD player, TV, or device that can’t handle AC3 audio?

If you want to play AC3 audio on your Windows Box follow the How to Play AC3 files guide at AfterDawn.com

Quickly (1 minute prep – 20 minutes cooking time) convert AC3 audio in an AVI to MP3 without recompressing the Video track using this guide:

The conversion took about 4 minutes on my box (Dual Core Dual Xeon) but it might take up to 20 minutes on yours depending on the AVI size and bitrate.

Grab your free opensource copy of AVIdeMUX for Windows.

For other OSes (Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows) check out the Downloads section of the Avidemux website for more info.

and then follow these steps:

Choose Video Copy, Audio MP3 (lame), and Format AVI:

1 - Video Copy + Audio MP3

Then Configure the MP3 audio to be Stereo, CBR, 9, 192kbps:
Configure Audio

and most importantly the Filters. Set the Mixer to Stereo and optionally increase the volume with the Automatic Gain.

3 - Audio Filters Mixer

Then from the File Menu choose Save –> Save Video…

And now grab a cup of coffee whilst AVIdeMUX converts AC3 audio to MP3 and creates a watchable AVI.

Categories: Encoding, Windows Tags: , , , , ,

WARNING Re: 3TB drives have arrived

3TB is too big for most motherboard chipsets. Nvidia chipsets currently can’t handle more than 2.19TB. And yes this includes Macs unless they are very recent and are UEFI-compliant.

Nvidia Forum posts about lack of support for drives above 2.19TB. USB caddies are also pretty hit and miss.

Look for UEFI-compliant Bios and Motherboards.

Also Windows XP can’t count that high without 3rd party $ drivers.

Some Western Digital drives ship with a PCI Express card that enable Vista/Windows 7 OS to see the 3TB drive.


Scan has WD 3TB drive with PCI Express HBA card (£172 inc VAT – Feb 15, 2011)