Got a new(old) Server! Dell Poweredge 2900

So my work was cleaning out a ton of old computers. There had to be like at least 10 pentium 4 desktops with like 256mb ram. A few Celeron desktops with like a gig of ram, but the company president came up to me and asked me if i wanted a few of the old servers. I was like “YES!”. So i went in the back, and he had these two HUGE, heavy ass servers. One was a Dell Poweredge 2600 (Doesn’t Work), and a Dell Poweredge 2900 (Currently running Peppermint OS Four under my desk).

The Dell 2600, doesn’t have any hardrives, but it does have some ancient stuff in it. It has a cd-rom / 3 1/4 inch floppy drive combo..which i though was like .. WOAH. But the thing that brings back memories is the Tape Drive, that is right underneath of it. I haven’t seen one of those in years..haha. So i think i will just use the 2600 as parts, or take it apart for something to do. Then toss it.

The Dell Poweredge 2900, works great! Although the damn thing feels like its over 100lbs. IT IS HEAVY. So here are the specs of it.

CPU/S: Two Xenon Dual Core processors @ 2.55Ghz

RAM: 8GB DDR2

DVD Drive: 16X (thing is slow as hell)

Hardrives: (These things are fast)

1.) 150GB 10k RPM scuzzy

2.) 150GB 10k RPM scuzzy

3.) 150GB 10k RPM scuzzy

4.) 300GB 10k RPM scuzzy

Video Card: AMD ES1000 16mb (Pretty much just makes it possible to see the desktop)

Right now, i dont have the hard drives raided, but i am running peppermint on the 300GB, and i plan on enabling the others as standard partitions. I am currently using it for a media server, and hopefully i will start another private minecraft server, and possibly a PoP3 server.

I had heard that i could even put in a old 512mb PCI express 1.0 card (8x), and play games on it. I dont have one of those cards anymore, and i dont think i really want to buy one, just to be able to do that. Although i am sure this server could play some pretty cool games. Right now it will just be a media server to stream to my PS3 in the living room. I was actually shocked that its alot quieter than my desktop computer is..haha.

Here is a picture of it.

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The Poweredge 2900 is on the left.

Just thought i would share that with you! If i ever decide to do some testing with it, i will let you know. Mostly hardware related anyway. Linux seemed to install just fine on it.

Free Keys for Fortix 2 on Steam!

Well now; a very kind developer from Nemesys Games, has sent me a few steam keys to give away on my blog! These keys are for a copy of Fortix 2. Which works on Linux! So i am here to deliver them all to you! Now this is first come first serve, and i only have this many.

I hope you enjoy this fun little game!

Q3ZFN-K2MVL-0HWFC
QJMK2-76G2Q-T65CL
TV436-IRD7B-RF9FL
6PHQI-5DYF5-L4AN8
KDHC2-BGYC2-8FMMI
8EZK9-66NPI-VVWXK
22VBH-00IXT-60RTP
7QDB6-N3Q5T-KWTCR
HD3R2-Q5GG8-23Y8X
CQ2ZG-E2WNE-G765H
0QFR7-BQLFC-958WA
33HXE-I8268-FKWPR
GEEPJ-JX0MD-455KW
FACTJ-MZPPH-NTBMG
EDV54-Z2HNY-MPW0D
GQLQB-JVPRJ-5X5LJ
JTN78-AH395-MFCA6
5CXEX-56MQY-VLP4Z
EIC2B-AKNN4-R9LXV
QGD7A-WMTNT-XR8CB
ZJDBW-02335-KGZL3

 

-Orkultus-

 

Don’t forget to go give them a big thank you!

My thoughts about Humble Bundle.

What is it with these humble bundles that come out one after another that only support windows.. It is starting to piss me off. Why cant they make a slider on the payment page that says “Donate money to developers to make a linux / mac port”. You know how much money they would get?? enough to build a new AAA game im sure. Would be well enough to pay for a port. I def think this should be on their page.

For my situation, and possibly for many others…all my friends get these games, play the hell out of em, and get board by the time i get a linux version. That is if they even eventually get a Linux version of a game seen on Humble Bundle. Of course i could just stop complaining and shackle myself down to a Windoze OS..but that is a sign of weakness. We will win this battle..we just have to keep fighting.

Sorry..i am just venting.

-Orkultus-

How to make steam iconify after closing the window (ubuntu)

So i know there is a patch for this is the arch repositories, but nothing that i could find for Ubuntu. So i will show you what to add to your “steam” startscript in “/usr/bin”. This will allow you to iconify steam when you press the x button on the window to close it, instead of it just minimizing itself to your panel.

so we need to edit “steam” in “/usr/bin”

1.) sudo gedit /usr/bin/steam

2.) when you have it open, the first few lines should look like this.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
#
# This is the Steam script that typically resides in /usr/bin
# It will create the Steam bootstrap if necessary and then launch steam.

# Get the full name of this script
export STEAMSCRIPT=”$(cd “${0%/*}” && echo “$PWD”)/${0##*/}”

3.) in between the top comments and where it goes to “# Get the full name of this script”, i created another line and put it in there.

4.) I put in the following.

#make steam iconify after closing the window
export STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1

5.) then i saved it.

So now when you start steam from your desktop icon, or menu, or terminal command, steam will open up, and when you press the [x] in the corner of the window, you will notice that it wont be on your panel, but you will still have the steam icon near your clock and other applets.

If you want things to go back to the way they were, simply just delete that line that i added, and save it. You should be back to normal the next time you start steam.

Hope this helps anyone who wondered the same.

-Orkultus-

Random Steam UI problems after Xorg updates.

Anyone else notice that after getting updates for xorg files from the “Edgers PPA”, causes Steams UI to have terrible glitches? It’s not on just one desktop environment, but so far from what i have tested, it is happening on LXDE, and Cinnamon. I try to search these things, but dont ever see anyone posting that they have this problem. I will get to the bottom of this!

-Orkultus-

EXAMPLE of a drop down menu.

steamuiproblem

Failed to connect to Bumblebee daemon after kernel updates.

Ok so ive started to notice, that sometimes..(Not always)..after a kernel update, and a restart of my system, that “Bumblebeed” doesn’t start up. I go to run a command with “primusrun” or “optirun”, and ive been getting this error.

2013/07/16 14:52:00 socat[5962] E connect(3, AF=1 “/var/run/bumblebee.socket”, 27): No such file or directory
primus: fatal: failed to connect to Bumblebee daemon: No such file or directory

So i noticed that you cant fix that issue by doing “sudo service bumblebeed start”..You just end up getting this error.

[  125.430955] [ERROR]The Bumblebee daemon has not been started yet or the socket path /var/run/bumblebee.socket was incorrect.
[  125.431012] [ERROR]Could not connect to bumblebee daemon – is it running?

So what it is, is that when the newest kernel gets applied..the new linux-header files dont get installed, and that’s what bumblebee is looking for.

So i after a kernel update, i just do “uname -a”… to see what kernel i am currently running, and then install the linux-header file to match with it. Then i restart the computer and bumblebee seems to start working again.

I dont know if i noticed this happening when i was using Linux Mint 15 on my laptop..but i do know that it does do it with Peppermint OS.

Anyway!..i hope i cleared up anyones confusion if you are experiencing the same issues.

-Orkultus-

Strike Suit Zero Steam Linux Beta.

So i am in the Linux beta for Strike Suit Zero on Steam. It has been rough, since alot of issues so far are bad resolution errors, and graphical glitches. I have been able to run the game on my Optimus laptop with slight graphical glitches, but well enough to actually play the game. If you are in the beta, and want to try the game out decently on a laptop with Optimus in Linux..i have made a bash script that will load the game via “primusrun”. It loads the game without steam having to be opened, but that just means you cant save your progress. So i suggest running the script with steam opened. Also note that you will get odd graphical glitches during cutscenes, and loading intros..the game will still work out pretty well. You will notice some white boxes during missions that are usually destination markers, and such. Also note, that the game loads up in fullscreen. On my laptop it loaded up into a decent resolution..so i dont even bother messing with the resolution. Changing it will just cause problems.

Anyway..here is the bash script i made.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/1p5687ul2cj0cay/opti-strike

Let me know how it works. Also dont forget that they have a forum as well, so you can read up and submit new bugs to help these guys make this game better!

http://strikesuitzero.com/forum

Have fun!

 

-Orkultus-

Also!.. my name on the forum is MintyLinux.