New personal PC build is coming along nicely, but I won’t be revealing until it is ready. I have it running now which freed up my old PC (old as in running a i7-4970k). I decided to use it as a general use home server. I would have given it to my girlfriend to play Minecraft better but she told me she doesn’t read my website! SUCKER!
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I finally found the solution to my vt-d enable problems! Asus has limited documentation about their “fast boot” bios option which is frustrating. It would seem that when enabled it skips over VT-d check. Dropping it has remedied my problem. Finally, CentOS 64 for the next big project! The boot time seems unaffected by the way, I still sit @<30sec to OS. Not sure who that really benefits, and it doesn't say what else it skips over! [caption id="attachment_177" align="aligncenter" width="593"] What a frustratingly simple fix for such a significant problem.[/caption]
It came up a few times this week that people were planning to buy a console over the holidays. I just wanted to make people aware that current PC prices allow for a better gaming experience and more functionality for about the same price. To demonstrate this, I have set up a PC build showing it is possible, with some explanations for the computer illiterate. Keep in mind that it does not include a monitor (the consoles don’t include a TV) or keyboard/mouse! At the bottom of the article is my sources for console hardware specs to keep it less technical and boring.
Thanks to the free software from being a student, I started playing with VMware Workstation 10. I understand it is a booming trade to learn and am using it when I can. It was a safe way to try out the Windows 10 Technical Preview too.
I don’t want to try to sell myself here as good at any of this yet. I really want to get into virtualization. In preparation to work on a project at school, I set up a ZFS file system with an iSCSI target on FreeBSD. I was successful in connecting and given the option to format a partition in Windows.
Next up will be setting up a simple Enterprise level virtualization to play around with.
I found an awesome article on installing Ubuntu on the Chromebook with Crouton, and wondered if I could extend that to an ARM-based Kali distro. It gets more difficult as the instructions provided by Kali on how to install Kali on a Chromebook involve a bootable SD or USB and I didn’t want to have to carry another thing around. Another cool thing about using Crouton is the super responsive CTRL+ALT+Shift and Forwards/Backwards to switch between distros.
I am no economist, but I’ll call this trickle down economics. Upgrading myself to a i7-4790k on an ASUS z97-PRO, passing the i5-2500k and ASUS P8Z68-V on to my father’s rig. Cooling parts arrived for the girlfriend’s (and my only endevour into AMD sockets) A8-3870K to see if we can squeeze a little more life out of the budget processor. Read more for details.
Reformatted a coworker’s computer last night. 10 minutes from boot to idle, and 8 or 9 (I didn’t think to count or take a picture until it was too late) of those “PC Optimizer” scam programs, and a power supply with a broken plug.
Could you call it that? Sounds classy. I’ve been picking up SNES and N64 games that are not holding their saves and replacing the batteries. They sell a lot better when they work!