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


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.


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!





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.


Been So Busy!! Im sorry :(

So guys, i am still alive and around. I haven’t forgotten about you, or the blog. I have just picked up another job. So i have been currently working Mon-Fri… 6:30 AM – 3:00PM at my first job, and then 4:30PM – 8:30PM (Sometimes to Midnight). I hardly get a chance to get on my computer. I usually just go straight to bed cause i am so exhausted. I just wanted to let you know what has been going on with me. This second job is greatly helping me out. I went from not having any money after bills, to about 300 dollars a week as spending cash. Its been alot of hard work, but its worth it. I will try my best to post some more Linux Fix it’s when i can. For now, hang in there guys, and thank you so much for supporting my blog by linking it to other sites. The more people we can help the better!



Enabling nvidia-prime on Linux Mint 15.

So i was reading a article about how to enable your nvidia card full time without having to use bumblebee in Linux. So on my Laptop running Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Edition 64bit, i had started following the steps on this page. Ubuntu Pastebin.

Not everything on this walkthrough was installing, but i did figure out how to get it work.

Here is what i did to make my Nvidia card run full time on my laptop.


1.) Follow the steps through the walkthrough, all the way until you get to “sudo make install” of xrandr 1.4

The creation for the xorg.conf file didn’t work out for me, so i just deleted it. Also, the .xsessionrc didn’t work either. The desktop wouldn’t load, and i just got a black screen.

2.) I then did the section where it says,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-x/x-staging

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install nvidia-319

Ok so note that it says nvidia-319. It does install it, but it also installs nvidia-325. When you run nvidia-settings, it actually shows version 325.15 running as your graphics driver.

3.) I skipped the part where it has you install xorg-server 1.14, but i did install the libudev0 file.

4.) I skipped down to the virtualgl section and installed that.

5.) I then grabbed nvidia-prime from here

Ok so when you install nvidia-prime, it is going to ask you to install lightdm, and a few other things as well. I am not sure if it requires you to use lightdm as your login manager, but i chose to use it anyway. So my login on Mint looks like ubuntu’s login

6.) Reboot your computer.

Now i cant say this will work for everyone. It just worked for me. I was able to start up games / nvidia-settings without “optirun” or “primusrun”! I am very happy.

Just follow these carefully. You can always purge files if you have a error and need to go back to before this attempt.

Good Luck!

PS: you can read more about nvidia-prime enabling in Ubuntu 13.10 as well. Here





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

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.


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.