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.

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-

Getting full performance out of your Intel CPU in Ubuntu.

So i was showing my friend my stats on my Intel Core i5, and i was using “cat /proc/cpuinfo“. He looked at it and was like “Oh i need to send you a script”. He said that Ubuntu doesn’t take full advantage of Intel Processors. Mainly the i3, i5, and i7. So he gave me this script, and i ran it. So i noticed a boost in the “cpu Mhz” section..by alot.

Here is the link to my friends script.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/2x1lpl66gke0sdp/scale.sh

Here is the difference from before i ran the script and after.

BEFORE:

cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor    : 0
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000         <—–(“This right here is default on my processor”)
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 0
initial apicid    : 0
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 1
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 1
initial apicid    : 1
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 2
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 2
initial apicid    : 2
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 3
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 3
initial apicid    : 3
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

As you can see, my “cpu MHz” is at 1200.000. This will go up after the script.

AFTER:

cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor    : 0
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000               <—(“As you can tell this went up after the script”)
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 0
initial apicid    : 0
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 1
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 1
initial apicid    : 1
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 2
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 2
initial apicid    : 2
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 3
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 3
initial apicid    : 3
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

So now i am getting full performance/speed out of my CPU:

So now i need to explain how to get the script to work. I took the script and placed it in my “/usr/bin” folder, and did “sudo chmod +x scale.sh“. I then noticed that it does give you a few options when you run it.  “USAGE: /usr/bin/scale.sh [conservative|ondemand|userspace|powersave|performance]”. So run it like it so “sudo scale.sh performance“.

This could possible help boost the performance of intel graphics as well. I dont ever use the intel graphics card for games, but i should check it out.

I will soon explain about getting it to startup on startup. I haven’t messed with it yet. If you beat me to it, go ahead and share it.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and im sorry if has been a while since i have shared something with you. I have been busy. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to speak out to me! I will be here to help out.

-Orkultus-

What i have been up to (Non Linux Related)

Well, i haven’t had much time lately to do any Linux Fix it posts, due to working a ton at my night job. I work at Home Depot, on the freight crew, and since it’s starting to get nicer outside, it has been really busy. Freight has been coming in 2 or 3 trucks at a time. I almost feel like i live there, more than i do at home.

In other news, i went in today to try and see what i could do about trading in my 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250r for a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650r. They gave me a quote on what they would give me for the trade in, and said they would try to send me home on a 650, without having any down payment. I waited an hour in the building walking around while they talked to the bank. They said they would approve my loan, and give me a 7.59% APR, compared to my current, which is at a horrible 23%, and my monthly payments would be $170 dollars, instead of my current $200 dollars a month. I got really excited, and thought hell yeah!, i get to ride home a 650. Then he said, “but the bank would like to see $1880 dollars for a down payment”. Then all that happy feeling went away.  I didn’t have $1880, nor could i save up that much. I make just enough to pay bills; That’s it. So it looks like i wont  be getting my 650r.

Anyway, i hope other people are having much better luck than i am.

-Orkultus-

The Realm! Point and Click Adventure Game, needs your help!

I dont normaly post things like this, since it’s not related to errors or configuring something in Linux, but the devs @ “Atomhawk” have just announced that they will be creating a Linux Version! The artwork for this game is looking amazing, and i cant wait for it to finish! They need funding on Kickstarter, so im spreading the word to all Linux Gamers, about the news! If we can get them to their goal, not only will we have a awesome game available for Linux, but hopefuly they will continue to support Linux for future game releases!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995134339/the-realm-game?ref=live

Check it out. I would love to see them overwhelming struck with a storm of Linux supporters.

-Orkultus-