The collected works of astouffer - Page 1

What is the trick to getting audacity running? After installing audacity there were complaints of pango and fontconfig missing so I installed them. It keeps telling me to run pango-querymodules but I can't find this file anywhere on my system. Any ideas?
Thanks for the reply. Yes it was neko_audacity and I received this error trying to run it after the install. Since I could not locate "pango-querymodules" I thought maybe it was not included with neko_audacity and installed it along with neko_fontconfig. After installing neko_pango I still can't find the file it wants me to run.

Well the filename is neko_audacity-1.3.3. The branch I'm not exactly sure of, it resides inside a DINA image. Judging by the date on the files it was synced on Feb 6 2011. Hope this helps.
The bottom line is the O2 does not have enough horsepower for mp4 video. When the DivX codec first came out it had playback issues on 333Mhz AMD cpus. I have an old P4 1.8Ghz (with the slower 133Mhz FSB) and it will not play 480p youtube videos properly.

My dual 300 Octane plays most divx/mp4 videos at a watchable speed using videolan. For some reason using the sgi video switch barely works. If you pick -gl or -gl2 most things play great.
Is there a pinout available for the fuel power supply? If the extra pins are for fan monitoring/data lines will a fuel run without them? I'd go as far as making a small adapter for normal ATX supplies if there is a market.
Can anyone provide a detailed photo of a fuel power supply board? I hope they don't use that encrypted ID chip like the motherboard does. If all the supply does is query a chip for an ID string or look for some fan signals I could program a PIC chip to fake those.
The WTX standard looks pretty dead, even the website for it no longer works. The additional connector of the WTX spec lists optional I2C data and clock lines. You guys are gonna make me buy a fuel now to solve this problem ;)

Doing some searching it looks like the fuel talks I2C to other addons like the video card and you can even do some debugging from the prom. My first thought was maybe the power supply has the same monitor chip as the motherboard and the prom makes sure they agree before proceeding. The bottom line is someone with an oscilloscope needs to see whats going on with all these unknown lines.
Good work! Once you get a diagram worked out it should be possible to make an adapter cable.
I've never successfully gotten 1440x900 to work on my Octane V6. I tried the attached file and it works for the most part except when you scroll a window or do something graphic intensive. Here is what it looks like
recondas wrote: What monitor are you using?

My suggestion would be to use EDID info to make a vfo customized for your monitor. Second best would be a web search for the specific model name/number of monitor model info and the words modeline and or EDID to see if someone else has posted that info. If you can get a modeline for your monitor I'll try making you a custom vfo (or if you'd like to try yourself, there's a defacto VFC how-to in this thread ).

The monitor in question is a Gateway FPD1975W. Thanks for the offer but I tried doing a custom vfo with the EDID numbers and got a similar clock frequency to the one you posted. Its a problem with the V6. I ended up buying a 4:3 ratio Sony LCD for a good price on ebay. Heres an mpeg video of what 1440x900 looks like
That last vfo produces artifacts on the screen constantly. What makes me wonder about this bug is how the modes with the 89Mhz clock still act buggy. 89Mhz should be safe but its not. Has anyone else done 1440x900 on a V6 or is it just me?

Attached are all the 1440x900 modes I've tried but without success. All were compiled by me except for the Acer monitor. Please feel free to use/edit or pass them along.
Looks like a nicely done in-house add on. The fans seem to be an afterthought with the wires outside the case and lack of fan grills. Its probably useless without some custom software.
Currently I have an Alpha PC164 400Mhz 128Mb that was my personal server/firewall for many years. For that it ran NetBSD but I also toyed with OpenVMS and Tru64. It ran everything like a champ except for earlier builds of OpenBSD that would always freeze after a day or so. Later ones didn't seem to do this.

I bought a VAXstation 3100 M38 for $40 on ebay and later sold it for like $120.

Brought home a MicroVAX II one time complete with a QBUS SCSI card. Got bored and eventually scrapped it. Now I realize how big a mistake that was.

Pick up an HP box at a hamfest and didn't realize it ran MPE/IX. Scrapped it too because the guys on the forum were dicks about me not having a license for getting the system/root/whatever password.

Bought a PDP-11/23 not realizing my limits for operating systems. Donated it to a fellow collector.
leaknoil wrote:

The MPE/iX thing is nothing to worry about. Even if you have a box to run it you'll have an impossible time getting the OS and if you do it probably wont run on your machine. I have never met such paranoid people as those in possession of mpe/ix tapes.

I don't know what sort of smack HP laid down but, they still live in fear. I am pretty sure they had an actual hit squad that would take you out if you so much as stuck a mpe/ix tape in an unauthorized tape drive.

Never even heard of the OS until that point. Your post did make me :lol:
Use a classic 555 timer chip for making the square wave. They will run fine from 12 volts.
FanC: This is a fan control signal, which allows the motherboard (and hence the system as a whole) to control the speed of the power supply fan. If implemented, when the voltage on this signal is less than 1 volt, the fan is turned off. As the voltage is increased the fan spins faster, and when it is over 10.5 V, the fan is run at full speed. This can be used to shut the fan off if the system is put into a sleep mode, or to allow the fan's speed to be increased or decreased based on the temperature of the system (saving power and reducing unnecessary noise.)
Sweet I love hardware hacks like this. Now all we need is an adapter PCB with the connectors and oscillator circuits :D
jan-jaap wrote:
FYI: I've tried to de-solder a component from an IO4 once and even with a professional desoldering station is was absolutely not happening. Those PCBs are simply too thick, you will destroy the traces on the top layer before the inside gets warm enough.

Ever try a heat gun?
Just installed the package Geoman linked to. On my dual R12K 300Mhz V6 ([email protected]) it gives 50 FPS until you get near the sky or something makes the screen lighten, like a weapon or power up. When that happens it drops to 5 FPS. Also when you get to the room to pick which episode, looking straight at the torch between the two rooms makes it drop. The rest of the room is fine.
Probably not very well
What kind of setup did the "quake cave" use? Google is not being helpful...
Check to see if the bridge rectifier is shorted. Look for shorts between the AC and DC side.
I built a clone PWS in pieces. Bought a new motherboard from usenet (2000 or 2001) and then pieced the rest together. You just have to get the right network/video/scsi cards. It runs OpenVMS, Tru64, *BSD, and Linux flawlessly. The only let down is the vanilla ATX case. It ran for like 7 or 8 years as a personal web server.
Oops should have mentioned it was a PC164 board. Mine only has 128Mb though. You will have to solder a jumper wire onto the ATX connector on the motherboard because the PC164 lacks the ability to turn the power supply on.
This thread started me thinking. I know the VAX servers were great for uptime and the ability to handle multiple users. What was the smaller VAXStation line used for? Was there a niche market or something?
Those connectors are like $8 at Digikey. Its worth blowing $20 to see if you can make some.
I think the problem came from the way I tried to install neko-audacity. Right clicking on the package gives you some options, install and install automatic. The problem cleared up after choosing install automatic. Forgive me if these aren't the exact names.
I found a guy selling 2x IDE cdrom drives and 1200 (yes twelve hundred) baud modems for like $98. And people were buying them! I even sent an email to the seller asking how he arrived at these prices. The guy said his job was just to list the items for his boss who sets the prices. It seems eBay is no longer a buyers market for used items. Its only good if you're selling.
My advice is start going to electronic recyclers or flea markets. Hamfests are also a good source. I picked up a PDP 11/23 and a NeXT slab once. eBay is nothing but people trying to make a quick buck with outrageous prices. Occasionally people sell items on the ClassicCmp mailing list
My V6 does 1280x1024x60Hz just fine.
hamei wrote:
I take it that's a no :D

I'm wondering why tho ? People don't fix things in the US ? It seems like every little computer place in baoshan has one of these - simple x-y table and some sort of heating element to remove and replace chips. They can't be very expensive. If I hadn't been so lazy I'd have taken the Fuel mainboard over to do a pinball enviro-chip replacement.

With the time and effort involved its not worth repairing consumer gear. Would you really spend two hours troubleshooting and reflowing chips on a motherboard that costs $60? Although you could probably make decent cash by reflowing Xbox 360s.
As the new owner of a Sunfire V245 (dual 1.5GHz, 8GB ram, 73GB disk) which would be the better operating system, Solaris 10 or 11? Anything significant to look out for? Thanks.
Solaris 10 it is then :) Communicating with windows is no big deal. FTP is fine for the occasional file and the windows 7 NFS client works well enough.
hamei wrote:
@astouffer : Solaris 10 is actually nice but don't install the graphical desktop . That thing is worse than a nightmare. It's the interface that drove Freddy Krueger around the bend. You have been warned.

Thats avoided easily enough as the server has no video card. Didn't Sun drop the CDE desktop and go with Gnome? The world seemed like a more interesting place back when each unix vendor had their own window manager. CDE always looked so bland.
Well the server arrived today and this is my first experience with rack mounted hardware. This thing is BIG, and pretty loud. Finally got the hang of the ALOM and switched to console mode. Sadly it looks like there is something wrong. Googling the IO-bridge error turns up very little help. All the memory has the same manufacturer part number but slightly different Sun numbers. Five are 370-7973-01 while the other three are 370-7973-0. Again google turns up very little for "370-7973-0". All are DDR333 ECC CL2.5. Not much else to re-seat or tighten up. The heatsinks are all screwed down securely.

It was advertised with a 30 day warranty so I may have to contact the seller :cry:
Well I did a Solaris 10 network install and everything looks to be running pretty smooth. Netbooting was pretty painless thanks to this awesome guide .

-bash-3.2$ psrinfo -v
Status of virtual processor 0 as of: 02/09/2013 00:41:00
on-line since 02/08/2013 22:21:59.
The sparcv9 processor operates at 1504 MHz,
and has a sparcv9 floating point processor.
Status of virtual processor 1 as of: 02/09/2013 00:41:00
on-line since 02/08/2013 22:21:57.
The sparcv9 processor operates at 1504 MHz,
and has a sparcv9 floating point processor.

Maybe the next step is to look at the SunVTS tests.
Just wanted to give the heads up that if you're in the market for a T-1000 or T-2000 server now is the time. Prices on Ebay have fallen dramatically as many leases are up. Some are being sold for ~$100.
Loud is an understatement. My Sun box is in a small storage room in my basement that was once used for storing coal. The room is not sealed off completely so I had to stuff fiberglass insulation along the top.

If you're into extreme case modding you could probably mount the motherboard somehow in a normal case. You'd have to do away with the stock fans and create your own airflow scheme. The power supply seems pretty simple. A couple amps at +3.3 and then way more at +12. A normal ATX supply can handle that. You'd need a bracket of some kind to hold the riser card and video card. I'm not too familiar with SAS drives in regards to cabling.

Its certainly do-able and I'd enjoy the challenge but can't justify spending any more cash at the moment.
My PC164 runs OpenVMS and Tru64 flawlessly, even X11. The operating systems check the PCI vendor IDs to see if they're compatible.