Posts Tagged ‘linux’

Old Intel D915GEV PC given it a new lease of life

Friday, August 16th, 2019

At some point, I wanted to disposed my ageing desktop Intel D915GEV PC sitting quietly in a corner. With blue screens happening while running Windows 7 when I fired it up seems like it was the end of its usefulness and time to clear up some space. In one of the blue screen of death moments, I finally figured out it wasn’t a hardware issue but rather a misconfiguration of two installed hard drives with the master and slave settings. Since Windows 7 will lose support by early 2020, may as well delete the OS and experiment with multibooting of Linux and other OS. (more…)

Multi Boot USB Linux with Pendrive Linux Yumi Software

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Multi boot USB Linux comes in really handy and recently I just discovered this Yumi software by Lance of Pendrive Linux website that can be used for booting multiple live distros of Linux! Previously my linux project was to install linux itself into my SanDisk Ultra 64GB flash drive, however I could only limit myself to boot 2 linux flavours in the thumb drive namely Ubuntu for its productivity suite and Puppy Lupu for its small size and speed. (more…)

Installing a portable Ubuntu Linux in a USB Thumbdrive

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I couldn’t wait for the price of 32GB USB thumb drive to come down and decided to get one. I think the current size of most USB drive is way more than enough for the average Joe’s but not for power users like me! It seems like Moore’s Law don’t seem to apply for the USB thumb drive anymore if there is a lower demand for more storage space in USB drive. It now takes ages for the prices to come down for USB drive and if you compare with say a portable hard drive, it sure is lagging behind!

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USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Finally went ahead to purchase this hardware – USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter. At about $15 (RM45) it is probably not comparable to say a portable hard drive or an external powered hard drive that you can get for about $33 (RM100) with more storage capacity. I have been thinking of getting this hardware for some time now. My brother passed me an old Pentium III box and I deemed it too slow to do anything useful even if I donate it to some charity. I may as well cannibalize it for parts. One of the useful parts includes the old hard drive. (more…)

Dual booting with Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

My dell computer laptop is about two years old already and I’m running a little short on storage space. I have been dual booting the dell computer laptop with Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista, however I didn’t think it out thoroughly on the partitioning and thus I have linux partition here and there in between Windows Vista partition. At that time, storage space wasn’t an issue and I could use it without any problem. However recently, I have installed more and more software and it was running out of space. I also noticed it was running slower with less space. Usually when there is less space there will be less page file for swapping out the main memory into the hard disk. (more…)

End of the road for this old faithful iWill BD100+ computer

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

I guess eventually it will come to this. I actually wanted to pass this old PC of mine to somebody who could make use of it. My IWILL BD100 plus motherboard running on Pentium 3 CPU with four pieces of assorted SD-RAM totalling about 288MB, a 20GB hard disk and a 32MB NVIDIA graphic card was pretty good at that time back in year 2000.

It was pretty much my workhorse computer at that time plus I did many experiments and exploration, plugging in and unplugging various hardware equipment, and I even installed a 5-1/4″ floppy drive which I salvaged from somewhere! With as many as five PCI slots, 2 ISA slots, 1 AGP slot and 4 memory slots, I could install quite a lot of hardware cards from old ISA cards to the newer PCI cards. I even had a RAID PCI card in an attempt to speed up the computer hard disk data transfer rate. The motherboard only had a bus speed of 100MHz, while the motherboard hard disk connection was going at ATA66; using the RAID card, I tried to improve the speed connection to ATA100. (more…)

Using Ubuntu Linux over Windows review

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I gave Ubuntu Linux a spin, trying not to use Windows XP for a week just to see how well it could be used in the day to day office work. Running it on the Dell Dimension 4500s, it was a tad faster than the Windows XP, probably it was more efficiently designed to work with the various hardware component. In fact, in the Dell website, Dell was in favour of Ubuntu over the other distro! (more…)

Shifting over to Linux

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Since I don’t see my current slow and sluggish office PC will be upgraded any time soon. I’ve decided to do a full trial of using Linux, specifically Ubuntu Linux and see how it will compare against the Windows XP. Naturally, there will be lots of incompatibility, but I do need to boost some of my productivity and keep some sanity from a slow and sluggish computer. (more…)

Ubuntu Linux

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I have fooled around with Linux even before it was highlighted big time in the media. I first learned about Linux back around 1999 when I was reading an article piece about FreeBSD which was a free O/S used for running servers. I thought, “Hey! Cool. Would like to try that!” So I decided to did around the internet to find out more information about operating systems that was free. Somehow, I ended up on a website explaining the concept of Linux and it seem rather intriguing. (more…)