In a previous post I detailed building a dual Xeon workstation using a Supermicro X8DTL-3F salvaged from a used 1U server, and dual Xeon X5680 CPUs. That was 6 years ago now, and it’s time for some upgrades. I was finding that, with air cooling, CPU#1 was ingesting hot exhaust… Continue reading →
In a previous post I detailed building a NAS from a Supermicro 1U server, using a X8DTL-3F motherboard and a Xeon E5645 CPU. I’ve made some big changes since then, so I decided that this warranted a new post rather than just an update to that post. Obviously, one change… Continue reading →
I recently updated the motherboard on my NAS server from a Supermicro X8DTL-3F to a X8DTL-6F, which is a pretty much identical motherboard only with an onboard LSI SAS 2008 controller on it. During the course of that update, I needed to flash the SAS 2008 to IT mode, and… Continue reading →
I’ve been a bit lazy, I have to admit. When Bitbucket shuttered its support for Mercurial and then eventually deleted all Mercurial repositories, I just carried on using Mercurial locally as I am a sole developer. However, as I am now having to use git for client work, I have… Continue reading →
I used to host the Corrado VR6 Information Site at corrado-vr6.info However, the increasingly onerous task of running a separate website, with GDPR compliance, security updates, and the escalating cost of the domain name, meant that it was becoming simply not worth the time and effort to maintain it. Plus,… Continue reading →
I made passing reference in a previous post about being careful when upgrading the CPU on an existing motherboard, and I was recently reminded that I never got round to expanding on it. So here is a quick post about it, especially things to watch out for and gotchas you… Continue reading →
I have been regularly encountering an issue with a USB keyboard and mouse, where the mouse pointer freezes, and the keyboard experiences missed or delayed keystrokes. After approximately two seconds, it would unfreeze again, but the problem would reoccur almost immediately. Having now found a solution, I thought I would… Continue reading →
In my previous post I presented a batch file that uses robocopy to make mirror backups of local files to a NAS. In this post, I will build upon that to add Volume Shadow Copy functionality in order to copy locked files.
I wanted to create a regular incremental backup of my local files on my Windows box, and copy them to a NAS. I ended up using robocopy, a batch file, and the Windows scheduler to achieve this. Read on to see how.
In a previous post I detailed how I built a NAS server from a Supermicro X8DTL-3F motherboard with Xeon E5645 CPU and DDR3 ECC Registered memory. It set me thinking on my spare PC. This PC used to be my main PC before an upgrade and is not really appropriate… Continue reading →
Just a quick post. I recently did a fresh install of Ubuntu 17.04 on my Ubuntu PC which has an nVidia GTX 1050, and on the fresh install I no longer had 2560×1440 as a display option for my Dell U2713HM monitor. In fact, I was limited to a maximum… Continue reading →
This is based on a previous post I made on building a NAS server from a SuperMicro X8DTL-3F, and cuts to the chase for people who are googling for the relevant information on how to mount an after-market cooler to a LGA1366 server motherboard (a.k.a. serverboard). It covers the Cooler… Continue reading →
I’ve been running a small NAS server for several years using the excellent HP MicroServer N40L upgraded to 8GB RAM (officially its max, although I know some people have got it to work with 16GB), and with five WD Red 2TB drives, running FreeNAS v9. The N40L only has 4… Continue reading →
Symptoms: When you reboot your computer which has an ASUS X99 Deluxe-II motherboard, it goes through the POST fine, but when it hands over to the OS, you get a black screen with a flashing text cursor in the top left corner. Examining the Q-code display on the motherboard shows… Continue reading →
Reblogged from https://htipe.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/the-dp0-variable/ The %~dp0 (that’s a zero) variable when referenced within a Windows batch file will expand to the drive letter and path of that batch file. The variables %0-%9 refer to the command line parameters of the batch file. %1-%9 refer to command line arguments after the batch… Continue reading →
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