MonthNovember 2009

Notes on Computer from A-Link

When installing a hard drive on this computer, do not use the VIA RAID Controller.  Do not use the set of SATA ports on the motherboard that are associated with it.  They are broken.

The computer only operates when the BIOS setting is set to “IDE Operating Mode”.  It should be under the “Chipset” section in the BIOS.

Installing Windows XP requires SATA drivers.  Press F6 when prompted and insert the floppy disk that says “SATA 378 Promise Controller Drivers”.

There seems to have been a piece that broke off from one of the computer components.  It most likely is from the motherboard.  I don’t know what its significance is.  I’ve seen a component exactly like this elsewhere on the motherboard, but I don’t know where it goes.

UPDATE: It looks like the jumper that can be used to reset the CMOS.  By putting this over the two jumper pins, the CMOS is shorted and reset.

Currently running on 1 stick of 512 MB RAM.  The other stick of RAM has an error on it.

Memtest Data:
Test 8
Pass 12
Failing address: 000274931C – 628.1 MB
Good: ffffffff
Bad: fffffff7
Err-bits: 00000008
Count: 1
Char: –

Determining Volume Serial Number

This set of instructions will teach you how to determine the Volume Serial Number of your hard drive.  This number is useful if you want a unique identifier for your hard drive.  For example, program an application to work only with a certain Volume Serial Number.

  1. Open up the command prompt (Start > Run > cmd)
  2. Type “dir C: /p” and press enter.

Once that is done, the command prompt should output the number for you.

Asus K8V SE Deluxe

Image of the motherboard from the top down

Access Device Manager When It Doesn’t Work from Control Panel

Sometimes the device manager just won’t open for whatever reason.  This happened to me before and I don’t know why.  Either way, this is how to do it without going to the control panel.  This how-to involves the use of the Microsoft Management Console.  I have no idea what it does, I just know that it will let me into the device manager.

  1. Start > Run (or winkey + r)
  2. Type “mmc” and click OK
  3. Click File > Add/Remove Snap-in…
  4. Select Device Manager from the left menu and click the Add button.
  5. Click OK

The device manager should now be visible in the left pane of the mmc window.


Caught A Cold

Been feeling something coming down on me for the past couple days.  Yesterday it finally manifested itself.  I’ve apparently caught a cold.  Took some tylenol, and been sneezing all day.  Being sleepy didn’t help either.  I had the worst nap on the West Coast Express too.  I felt pretty sick throughout the day, so I left early.  I then went to SFU to visit Gary.  SFU does indeed look very depressing.  I know I shouldn’t be doing that since I was sick, but getting up and walking around made me feel a little bit better.  Played DotA there until my computer ran out of batteries.  I would have plugged in my laptop if I had found a plug.  It was a goddamn computer lab, and there was not a single plug in sight.  The ones that the computers were using were kept confined behind and under the desk.  I could not get to it.  We left at about 4:45 and got to Coquitlam Station at around 5:15 to get a ride back home.

Ubuntu Network Configuration Using Command Line


The basics for any network based on *nix hosts is the Transport Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) combination of three protocols. This combination consists of the Internet Protocol (IP),Transport Control Protocol (TCP), and Universal Datagram Protocol (UDP).

By Default most of the users configure their network card during the installation of Ubuntu. You can however, use the ifconfig command at the shell prompt or Ubuntu’s graphical network configuration tools, such as network-admin, to edit your system’s network device information or to add or remove network devices on your system

Configure Network Interface Using Command-Line
You can configure a network interface from the command line using the networking utilities. You configure your network client hosts with the command line by using commands to change your current settings or by editing a number of system files.

Configuring DHCP address for your network card
If you want to configure DHCP address you need to edit the /etc/network/interfaces and you need to enter the following lines replace eth0 with your network interface card

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

# The primary network interface – use DHCP to find our address
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

Configuring Static IP address for your network card
If you want to configure Static IP address you need to edit the /etc/network/interfaces and you need to enter the following lines replace eth0 with your network interface card

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

After entering all the details you need to restart networking services using the following command

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Setting up Second IP address or Virtual IP address in Ubuntu
If you are a server system administrator or normal user some time you need to assign a second ipaddress to your Ubuntu machine.For this you need to edit the /etc/network/interfaces file and you need to add the following syntax.Below one is the only example you need to chnage according to your ip address settings

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

auto eth0:1
iface eth0:1 inet static
network x.x.x.x
broadcast x.x.x.x
gateway x.x.x.x

You need to enter all the details like address,netmask,network,broadcast and gateways values after entering all the values save this file and you need to restart networking services in debian using the following command to take effect of our new ipaddress.
After entering all the details you need to restart networking services using the following command

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Setting your ubuntu stytem hostname
Setting up your hostname upon a ubuntu installation is very straightforward. You can directly query, or set, the hostname with the hostname command.
As an user you can see your current hostname with

sudo /bin/hostname

To set the hostname directly you can become root and run

sudo /bin/hostname newname

When your system boots it will automatically read the hostname from the file /etc/hostname
If you want to know more about how to setup host name check here

Setting up DNS
When it comes to DNS setup Ubuntu doesn’t differ from other distributions. You can add hostname and IP addresses to the file /etc/hosts for static lookups.
To cause your machine to consult with a particular server for name lookups you simply add their addresses to /etc/resolv.conf.
For example a machine which should perform lookups from the DNS server at IP address would have a resolv.conf file looking like this

sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf

enter the following details


Meepo Is the Coolest Hero Ever

Played a 2 v 5 insane AI game with Gary earlier using Meepo.  I ended up getting my end game build at like level 16.  While doing so, I was completely destroying the other team using my combo.  We won the game in only 26 minutes and I was 18-0.  Gary didn’t really do much with Nerubian Assassin.  He was 2-0.  I think I assisted all his kills too. 

Meepo’s combo goes somewhat like this:
e, click, tab, f, click, tab, f, click, tab, e, click, tab, f, click etc etc…

When you’re up close to the enemy, if they’re not being netted or poofed, you’re hitting them with an ultra slow.  Unless they have targetted nukes or AOE spells, Meepo is a crazy good hero…

MECH 360 Quiz 2

If current trend continues, the 360 quiz will be retardedly hard and the average will be below 50%.  I am doing what I can to do well…

Unsymmetrical bending…transverse shear…shear and bending moment diagrams…transverse shear through thin walled members…

This site owns…

Sleeping Late

I have to stop…really!


This show is pretty good.  陳豪 is a really good actor.  I wish I knew more Chinese though.  Because then I’d understand the show a lot better.

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