Hardware – UEFI Bios for Linux ‘Chromebook’

The original ‘SeaBios’ BIOS on my Acer c720p was a little clunky, so I decided to make the plunge and update it to a ‘proper’ Linux-friendly BIOS..    There is a known/good one available, but it is UEFI-only, so will … Continue reading

Hardware – Replacing the System Disk..

My ‘system disk’ (/dev/sda) started to show bad sectors, recently, and so I decided to replace it.    The disk was around 8 years old, and had been in almost-continuous use.. I have not had to do this for some considerable … Continue reading

Fedora – Installing a Working ZoneMinder..

Installed ZoneMinder ( https://zoneminder.com ) for some IP and WiFi cameras, and the first thing to remember is to not use the Fedora version!    This is due to the lack of ffmpeg and vlc support in that version, which makes … Continue reading

ARM – ARM64 Developments…

Just took delivery of a Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c (https://developer.qualcomm.com/hardware/dragonboard-410c) : The unit is based on a ‘standard’ (96Boards) design, with a few quirks..   The device uses fastboot rather than U-Boot, and in this respect is more like flashing a custom … Continue reading

Fedora – YUM broken, and Fix..

A circular fail with a recent version of YUM – yum-3.4.3-119 – leads to a whole load of the following errors: http://mirrors.ircam.fr/pub/fedora/linux/updates/20/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno -1] repomd.xml does not match metalink for updates Trying other mirror. updates                                                            | 4.6 kB  00:00:00     http://mir01.syntis.net/fedora/linux/updates/20/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: … Continue reading

Compile HandBrake on Linux, the Easy Way – and Fedora RPMs..

Handbrake is a very useful video conversion tool, and it runs on Linux as well! The latest released version (as of July 2013) is 0.9.9, and can be found here: http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php The compile is somewhat non-standard, and is definitely a … Continue reading

3.9-rc3 – NVIDIA and VMware OK..

Installed Kernel 3.9-rc3 on the test system..   VMware 9.0.2, and NVIDIA 310.40 (main) and 313.26 (beta) all compile OK.. # uname -a Linux rg6830l 3.9.0-rc3 #1 SMP Mon Mar 18 12:21:27 GMT 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux Robert Gadsdon.   March … Continue reading

Grub2 – Stop the Insanity!

I am one of those people who compiles a lot of new kernels, and have become increasingly frustrated by the user-unfriendliness of grub2.. Now the latest version of grub2 has introduced – for reasons that I cannot fathom – two … Continue reading