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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


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

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.

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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)

64bit Guest on VMware ESX 4.1 running on a HP DL380 G5

January 20, 2011 5 comments

I recently saw this error

Virtual Machine Message:
msg.cpuid.noLongmodeQuestionFmt: This Virtual Machine is configured for 64-bit guest operating systems. However, 64-bit operation is not possible.
This host is VT-capable, but VT is disabled.
VT might be disabled if it has been disabled in the BIOS settings or the host has not been power-cycled since changing this setting.
(1) Verify that the BIOS settings enable VT and disable 'trusted execution'
(2) Power-cycle the host if either of these BIOS settings have been changed.
(3) Power-cycle the host if you have not done so since installing VMware ESX.
(4) Update the host's BIOS to the latest version.
For more detailed information, see
Continue without 64-bit support?

and this related error from VMware vCenter Converter Standalone:

The destination does not support 64 bit guest operating systems.

These errors were produced when I was trying to move a 64bit machine onto VMware ESX 4.1 server running on a DL380 G5 with two Intel 5160 Xeon’s. I know they are 64bit because Intel confirms this on the Xeon 5160 Spec page. Also I previously installed Windows 2008 Standard R2 64bit on that box. That is after updating every bloody bit of firmware under the sun.

Eventhough the CPUs support 64bit, VMware ESX 4.1 won’t load a 64bit guest unless you’ve enabled Intel’s Visualization Technology in the BIOS.

Here’s the settings I ended up using.

Advanced Options

    Processor Options

    • HW Prefetcher: Enabled
    • Adjacent Sector Prefetch: Enabled
    • No-Execute Memory Protection: Enabled
    • Intel (R) Virtualization Technology: Enabled
    • Expansion Card Caching Optimization: Disabled
    • Low Power Halt State (Intel C1E): Enabled
    • Intel Core C3 State: Enabled
    • Processor Core Disable: All Processor Cores Enabled

For those of you who like screenshots:


This also applies to:
Dell 2950 – Thanks Scott Bishop

Categories: ESX, Hardware, HP, VMware, Windows 7

Broadcast: HD Video Ingest

I recently saw this application at a customer’s site and had the chance to take it for a test drive. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

So if you find yourself in a production broadcast environment and you need to ingest some content off digibeta using your £20,000 Sony VTR but instead of also occupying an Avid Editing suite or forking out £20,000+ for an Amberfin iCR have a look at Miura from BlueLucy Media.

Their slick application makes use of the Decklink HD Extreme PCIe Capture Card to ingest (capture) HD video to a variety of formats (MPEG2, MPEG4, MXF OP1a, IMX50). The great thing about this app is that it can also create a low resolution proxy version at the same time (WMV, Flash, H.264, etc…).

Software and bundled Decklink HD capture card costs £4700 – an amazing price considering the alternatives. They recommend a medium to high spec quad core Xeon HP workstation for capturing HD content which they estimate at costing another £2000-3000 (but I believe at today’s prices – Dec 2009 – you could pick up a good workstation to do the job for under £1000.)

Windows: Burn .iso to CD/DVD/Bluray

An easy and very useful free utility called ImgBurn that burns .iso images to physical disks is available from the nice people at Digital Digest.

Windows 7 install from USB stick

Microsoft has released a little utility to help get Windows 7 on to your netbook – so it can run like a dog. Appropriately named Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer-en-US.exe is available for download from

You obviously need to get your hands on the Windows 7 iso and have a USB stick large enough to hold said iso.

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