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Analyze hard drive with tools badblocks and smartctl

So one of the disks under our HTPC array has finally failed after nearly 2 years.  However we did not sustain any data loss as a result since it's only the first disk in a RAID6 system meaning we could still sustain a second disk failure without any data loss.  So we are still good [...]

Get BIOS Version through DMIDECODE on Linux

To check your BIOS version, issue the following at the prompt:

Linux: Getting new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address or device descriptor read/64, error -62

Tried to connect my Camcorder to my RHEL based system over here but instead of connectivity I got: # grep usb /var/log/messages Aug 28 14:08:32 mbpc kernel: usb 7-4: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 3 Aug 28 14:08:32 mbpc kernel: usb 7-4: device descriptor read/64, error -62 Aug 28 14:08:32 mbpc [...]

HTPC / Backup Home Server Solution using Linux

Overview: HTPC / Home Backup: MDADM, RAID6, LVM, XFS, CIFS and NFS In this post we'll take a look at setting up a 4TB storage, HTPC, and active backup using basic components that can be bought from the local PC store and freely available software.   Here I set out to try and consolidate my storage [...]

reCAPTCHA WordPress Posting Verification

WordPress has a slight reputation when it comes to spam since the file '/WordPress/wp-comments-post.php' often get's exploited allowing spammers to automate posting to WordPress Blogs. The mess usually costs huge amounts of time to clean up just to go through all the unsolicited junk mail/bogus posts generated.

Windows / Linux: Mutually accessing various filesystems on the same PC.

Especially true with dual boot systems, sharing files between two different operating systems on a single PC can become a time consuming task.  One thing many new users do when they install a Linux on a different partition of the same machine, is to try to connect to the other operating systems and files they [...]

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