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[#] Tue Jun 13 2023 08:13:50 EDT from Nurb432

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This could go in a lot of rooms..  so i just randomly picked the first one that i observed  ( pun intended )

Seems Iran announced a single board quantum computer "the first product of the quantum processing algorithm"  ( whatever the F that means .. lol  ).  Turns out its a consumer level FPGA board..  They didnt even cover the logo .. morons . lol. 

 

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202306086480



[#] Tue Aug 01 2023 10:37:59 EDT from Nurb432

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From another discussion going on..  man i have too much hardware around here collecting dust.  ( some upgraded and kept the original 'just in case' , some for projects that never happened. some 'ooooo, i want that' )

Years ago i had a retro collection ( kept every device i used.. very few were purchased later for the collection ) over 100 machines.   Took up 1/2 my garage. Unlike that this new stuff is so small you hardly notice and its easy to get in over your head and not even notice.

Really need to stop.



[#] Tue Aug 01 2023 13:04:32 EDT from LadySerenaKitty

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What kinda vintage goodies?

Tue Aug 01 2023 10:37:59 EDT from Nurb432

From another discussion going on..  man i have too much hardware around here collecting dust.  ( some upgraded and kept the original 'just in case' , some for projects that never happened. some 'ooooo, i want that' )

Years ago i had a retro collection ( kept every device i used.. very few were purchased later for the collection ) over 100 machines.   Took up 1/2 my garage. Unlike that this new stuff is so small you hardly notice and its easy to get in over your head and not even notice.

Really need to stop.



 



[#] Tue Aug 01 2023 14:04:48 EDT from Nurb432

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The retro purge was many years ago, so its all gone, other than an Epson PX8 and a Newton.

Even my old calculators are gone now.

But it was a variety, Off the top of my head

  • Apple ][+
  • Apple ][e
  • Apple ][c
  • Mac Portable ( and who the hell designs a laptop that *requires* the battery... )
  • Early power PC ( i forget model )
  • M100 ( or whatever the original mac was )
  • Lombard G3
  • TRS 80 Mdl II ( with drive, printer, bla bla )
  • TRS 80 Mdl iii
  • TRS 80 microcolor ( 2 of them.  only one was originally mine )
  • Tandy PC-8
  • Tandy A102 ( i think.. pretty sure it was not a 100 )
  • Amiga 500 ( i think, might have been a 600.. )
  • Atari ST ( 512 upgraded to 4mb . was my daily driver for a LONG time ). My first ST i killed doing a memory upgrade.
  • Atari 1200xl
  • Atari 130xe
  • Would have killed for a STBook.. or perhaps a Falcon..but wanted a Book sooooo bad 
  • Sinclair QL
  • Couple of Timex 1000s ( wait i still have one of those in the closet in the box )
  • Osborne one
  • Kaypro II ( this missed the great purge but left last summer )
  • Ultra Sparc something or other.. ( forget model )
  • Aquarius 
  • Stuff im forgetting
all sorts of accessories for the above..
 
Several HP calculators. .. 32e, 41c, 12c, couple of 48's ( ya i know not really retro )
several handhelds, Palm pilots ( a TX was daily driver for a long time ) and a few others i totally forget their names now, one ran linux out of the box. 
 
Semi retro:
One of those Compaq lugables with the florescent screen
 
You can imagine the shelves .. i put wire rack shelves up to display them.
Tue Aug 01 2023 01:04:32 PM EDT from LadySerenaKitty

What kinda vintage goodies?

 


[#] Tue Aug 01 2023 14:14:43 EDT from Nurb432

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Forgot the Timex 2068s too.   couple of those

Just too much stuff to remember. 



[#] Wed Aug 09 2023 11:59:23 EDT from Nurb432

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So i have my first true 100% uefi bios machine.  

Had some stuff installed. its a unstable POS. ( long story i have told, others have same problem with that series, older 5.x kernels work better than new but still unreliable. 6.1 wont even boot..... go figure ).  Ran across a Linux disro that has kernel 6.4.8 out of the box ( almost bleeding edge ) and thought id try it.  It seemed to actually work, tho it sucks as a distro.  But since it worked i installed it from its live iso to m.2

Thought id try to do a manual kernel upgrade so put Debian back on, or at least tried. to ... now it wont write the grub stuff so i get a no-boot situation. Stability issues it DID just fine before on installs. "executing grub dummy fail" i what i get  . Look around online, its due to left over stuff on the drive.  Ok, that makes sense. Manually erase the m.2.. same problem. New drive. same problem

From bios with NO drive it still shows older boot options and i dont see a way to clear/delete them.  ( ami bios ). Soooo i assume its storing some boot info somewhere in flash on the board and that is hosing me.     Any one have any idea how to clear this sort of thing?  ( if its flash , even pulling the battery, which is a total pain with this thing wont work )

Been looking online, but its like a needle in a haystack.



[#] Wed Aug 09 2023 20:16:20 EDT from zelgomer

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Any chance you can get into a live USB? You could even put an old kernel on it if you have to. If you can make it into Linux you might be able to muck with the flash from there. Or the efivars. They might even be the same.

[#] Thu Aug 10 2023 16:56:16 EDT from Nurb432

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Yes live USBs work ( as do dedicated installers, up to the point of writing grub )

Wed Aug 09 2023 08:16:20 PM EDT from zelgomer
Any chance you can get into a live USB? You could even put an old kernel on it if you have to. If you can make it into Linux you might be able to muck with the flash from there. Or the efivars. They might even be the same.

 



[#] Thu Aug 10 2023 21:13:18 EDT from Nurb432

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Saw that arch is at 6.4.9 now..  so figured id try that. it booted, installer defaulted to 'systemd-boot' not grub. Figured what the hell..  It installed, no complaint this time.

Also it downloaded all its files from the network. something lower kernels would freeze up doing. 

Rebooted. Logged in... reboot. rinse repeat a couple of times.. it worked.. whoohoo a good sign

Move it up on the shelf. remove monitor keyboard, Power on...  NO freaking network..   Card is seen using 'ip' , so i guess it doesn't configure network by default ( really? who's dumb idea is this? ) so have to read up on how Arch does networking.

But this is promising.. 

 



[#] Fri Aug 11 2023 11:25:01 EDT from LoanShark

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I'm still running 5.15 LTS branch kernels. The moment ubuntu released their 5.19, it broke stuff, so I removed the HWE stack and haven't gone back.

[#] Fri Aug 11 2023 14:43:29 EDT from Nurb432

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Normally the only reason i even care about kernel version is due to built in driver support. This is the first time i have ever had this sort of problem.   

Reading some today, looks i should be able to get network setup tonight. If so, ill put it thru its paces, see if its stable now. I'm crossing my fingers. 

 

Oh, and i dont trust Ubuntu.. :)  I have been using Debian pretty much since day 1 ( well that and armbian, which is pretty close ).  Started with Boot/Root ( remember that? tho , it wasn't really a 'distribution' in the traditional sense )  then SLS, went to Yggradsisl for a bit due to their handling of X.org, Redhat in the EARLY days since they were 'the thing'.. ( floppy .. ) but Debian was it once it was here. Never looked back.

Fri Aug 11 2023 11:25:01 AM EDT from LoanShark

I'm still running 5.15 LTS branch kernels. The moment ubuntu released their 5.19, it broke stuff, so I removed the HWE stack and haven't gone back.

 



[#] Fri Aug 11 2023 15:15:07 EDT from Nurb432

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*(Y)*&#$

Locked up doing data transfer tests.  So not really any better.  

Sigh. 400 dollar door stop.



[#] Fri Aug 11 2023 15:26:00 EDT from darknetuser

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From bios with NO drive it still shows older boot options and i dont
see a way to clear/delete them.  ( ami bios ). Soooo i assume its
storing some boot info somewhere in flash on the board and that is
hosing me.     Any one have any idea how to clear this sort of
thing?  ( if its flash , even pulling the battery, which is a total
pain with this thing wont work )

The UEFI configuration menu is likely to have an option to remove old boot options.

[#] Fri Aug 11 2023 15:28:46 EDT from Nurb432

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You would think.  But not this one.   I can disable them but not remove them. it seems to keep the last 4.

Fri Aug 11 2023 03:26:00 PM EDT from darknetuser
From bios with NO drive it still shows older boot options and i dont
see a way to clear/delete them.  ( ami bios ). Soooo i assume its
storing some boot info somewhere in flash on the board and that is
hosing me.     Any one have any idea how to clear this sort of
thing?  ( if its flash , even pulling the battery, which is a total
pain with this thing wont work )

The UEFI configuration menu is likely to have an option to remove old boot options.

 



[#] Sun Aug 13 2023 18:15:47 EDT from Nurb432

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Ill take 2, please.

 

"Nvidia’s GH200 has the same GPU as the H100, Nvidia’s current highest-end AI chip, but pairs it with 141 gigabytes of cutting-edge memory, as well as a 72-core ARM central processor."



[#] Sun Aug 13 2023 18:29:53 EDT from Nurb432

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And to continue to saga on that POS box.. 

Since the POS OS was working, i tried installing Debian again ( via FAI, to minimize any network activity ) .  Stupid thing installed fine, no grub errors.  Updated the kernel to 6.4.0  as short of compiling it my self i cant go higher with Debian at the moment.  And while i can compile of course, i doubt he box would hold up. 

For the most part it works, as long as i dont stress it.  So, its still not 100% there yet, but better then it was with 5.x kernel. ( and of course 6.1.x no boot )

Ill keep tracking what version Sid is up to, and when it hits 5, ill update. See if its finally stable.  

 

 

Meanwhile as mentioned above, decided to eat my own dog food and no more x86 desktops for me.  AI server, still needs X86 due to GPU needs as there is no way im going to be able to afford that new NVIDIA chip for what is just a 'hobby/toy'.  Used to have web/file/etc on ARM.  will end up moving that stuff back later this fall..   My Chromebooks are ARM, and will need to dig out my Pinebook, which is an RK3399. 



[#] Mon Aug 21 2023 16:50:48 EDT from Nurb432

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LoL...  Sid update. .new kernel. now it wont boot again.   So frustrating. you have to laugh.. 

 

And into the closet it goes before i start making .223 sized holes in it. 



[#] Wed Aug 30 2023 12:15:11 EDT from Nurb432

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[#] Wed Aug 30 2023 13:51:45 EDT from LadySerenaKitty

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Yesterday my $1009.84 PCIe4 card arrived.  Microchip SmartHBA 1200-32i.  Directly attaches up to 32 SAS/SATA drives, and with additional hardware, can attach up to 1024 of them.  The single most expensive part of my storage server build is here.

https://twitter.com/LadySerenaKitty/status/1696594228430709162



[#] Wed Aug 30 2023 14:30:36 EDT from Nurb432

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I have yet to order those ARM modules i was talking about creating a ceph cluster out of.

lazy.

Wed Aug 30 2023 01:51:45 PM EDT from LadySerenaKitty

Yesterday my $1009.84 PCIe4 card arrived.  Microchip SmartHBA 1200-32i.  Directly attaches up to 32 SAS/SATA drives, and with additional hardware, can attach up to 1024 of them.  The single most expensive part of my storage server build is here.

https://twitter.com/LadySerenaKitty/status/1696594228430709162



 



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