Windows 7 Starter Network Image backup

I’ve got a new HP mini 210-2145dx here that I’m trying to get a backup of for Windows restore should I need it down the road. This version of Windows 7 will not allow backup to a NAS and I don’t have a USB stick large enough or a USB hard drive that I can use.
Macrium Reflect Free to the rescue. I had several problems getting this to work as Reflect did not recognize the NAS immediately, this was mostly caused by me not booting up the NAS ahead of time. After closing and restarting Reflect a couple of times it saw the NAS. It still didn’t recognize the mapped drive that I had created but the NAS is good enough to get this done.
I created a rescue disk in Linux flavor and pushed that to the mapped drive no problems. The other option was BartPE, that should work just as well but Linux was the first option in the list so I went with that.
Now I’m making the image of the disk which it shows running at around 52 Mb/s not to shabby for a wireless connection. The timer shows a one hour time to completion. One hour forty six minutes later and the process has completed.

Once its done should I dare try running the recovery?

Windows 7 Starter Network Image backup

I’ve got a new HP mini 210-2145dx here that I’m trying to get a backup of for Windows restore should I need it down the road. This version of Windows 7 will not allow backup to a NAS and I don’t have a USB stick large enough or a USB hard drive that I can use.
Macrium Reflect Free to the rescue. I had several problems getting this to work as Reflect did not recognize the NAS immediately, this was mostly caused by me not booting up the NAS ahead of time. After closing and restarting Reflect a couple of times it saw the NAS. It still didn’t recognize the mapped drive that I had created but the NAS is good enough to get this done.
I created a rescue disk in Linux flavor and pushed that to the mapped drive no problems. The other option was BartPE, that should work just as well but Linux was the first option in the list so I went with that.
Now I’m making the image of the disk which it shows running at around 52 Mb/s not to shabby for a wireless connection. The timer shows a one hour time to completion. One hour forty six minutes later and the process has completed.

Once its done should I dare try running the recovery?

LVM grub not booting after upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04

I updated a Dell server that I use for work and ran into a few problems on the reboot. I ended up with a grub> prompt and it wouldn’t go any further after some research I figured out the system was unable to find my root file system.
I used an alternate install CD with the rescue option to sort out where root belonged. To do this I used vgdisplay and pv. The drive turned out to be /dev/octane/root instead of the default name and I think this was causing the problems. I passed grub the information:
linux /vmlinuz-version.number-generic.pae root=/dev/octane/root
initrd /initrd-matching.version-generic.pae
boot
The version numbers showed by using the tab key to auto complete and worked fine using the same version number on initrd and vmlinuz.
Everything is working correctly now but I have yet to try a reboot and see if it picks things up after running update-grub.

LVM grub not booting after upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04

I updated a Dell server that I use for work and ran into a few problems on the reboot. I ended up with a grub> prompt and it wouldn’t go any further after some research I figured out the system was unable to find my root file system.
I used an alternate install CD with the rescue option to sort out where root belonged. To do this I used vgdisplay and pv. The drive turned out to be /dev/octane/root instead of the default name and I think this was causing the problems. I passed grub the information:
linux /vmlinuz-version.number-generic.pae root=/dev/octane/root
initrd /initrd-matching.version-generic.pae
boot
The version numbers showed by using the tab key to auto complete and worked fine using the same version number on initrd and vmlinuz.
Everything is working correctly now but I have yet to try a reboot and see if it picks things up after running update-grub.

Fathers Day

Hey Dad wish you were here. I remember a few things mostly good, I know I seem to dwell on the not so good but most things were good. A few weeks ago the bathroom plumbing sprung a leak and I fixed it with some things called gator bites. Cost less than twenty dollars, you would have loved this. I didn’t have to try and sweat pipes with water running down my arm or shove any bread up in there. Just cut the pipe take out the leaking parts and slide these things on.
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Fathers Day

Hey Dad wish you were here. I remember a few things mostly good, I know I seem to dwell on the not so good but most things were good. A few weeks ago the bathroom plumbing sprung a leak and I fixed it with some things called gator bites. Cost less than twenty dollars, you would have loved this. I didn’t have to try and sweat pipes with water running down my arm or shove any bread up in there. Just cut the pipe take out the leaking parts and slide these things on.

Remember when we went on vacation to Florida the one year. That was some trip, we made it to Pennsylvania before the money ran out. We visited Gettysburg, and on the way back home we stopped in Durham to ride the water slide. We had lunch in the car all six of us no A/C windows rolled up and rain outside in ninety degree weather. There were some pretty good times in there.
Remember when we lived down outside of Valatie on Silvernail Road in that big old house. It had a coal furnace that was converted to oil with a single four foot by four foot grate in the entranceway. You converted that to wood and we cut down half the trees in the front yard for firewood. We also burned the old addition that had been torn off the back of the house, one piece at a time in that old furnace. I never think it got really warm there. You worked like a dog cutting that wood and I helped. Later on when I got to be about the same age your were then I wondered how you ever did it.
Remember the drives on Saturday or Sunday afternoons? We’d all pile in the car and you would drive us up on Greenbush or some other back roads. We’d just wander through there, I wondered if you knew where we were going. Chris was afraid we were lost and in Vietnam or some other equally scary place. There are a lot of houses up there now and most of the roads are paved over. Not much gravel road any more but some days you can still get sort of lost.
Some days we would go over by the fire tower and have a picnic. Us kids would wander around up there and enjoy ourselves. Those were pretty good times and I’ll bet they cost almost nothing.
You’ve only been gone a few years but it does seem like a long time now.

Ubuntu 11.04 X fails on boot

I get a flicker of a screen on boot and then no graphics.
Error in dmesg | grep fb
fb: conflicting fb hw usage inteldrmfb vs EFI VGA – removing generic driver

To get graphics ctrl+alt+F1 and login. Then run “sudo service gdm restart” and I have a full X session. Login as my user and things work well until I reboot again.
I’m having a tough time understanding the fix for this, but I have found some references that state setting the resolution in /etc/default/grub might fix things.
I found a GUI to fix this, “apt-get install startupmanager” and changed the resolution from 640×480 to 800×600 under both the boot options and the advanced tab.
Reboot and I get a GUI that works.

Ubuntu 11.04 X fails on boot

I get a flicker of a screen on boot and then no graphics.
Error in dmesg | grep fb
fb: conflicting fb hw usage inteldrmfb vs EFI VGA – removing generic driver

To get graphics ctrl+alt+F1 and login. Then run “sudo service gdm restart” and I have a full X session. Login as my user and things work well until I reboot again.
I’m having a tough time understanding the fix for this, but I have found some references that state setting the resolution in /etc/default/grub might fix things.
I found a GUI to fix this, “apt-get install startupmanager” and changed the resolution from 640×480 to 800×600 under both the boot options and the advanced tab.
Reboot and I get a GUI that works.

Mare’s Nest

I’ve been following the Mare’s Nest articles in the Cobleskill Times Journal lately and really enjoying the articles in there. A few weeks back Patsy Nicosia spoke about mowing the lawn and what an annoyance some of the features on the newer tractors can be.
Her comments on being able to get right up danger close to things with the smaller mower were good. I look forward to seeing more of the articles. Its a shame they don’t allow these to be viewed online, they might reach a larger audience if they were available.

Mare’s Nest

I’ve been following the Mare’s Nest articles in the Cobleskill Times Journal lately and really enjoying the articles in there. A few weeks back Patsy Nicosia spoke about mowing the lawn and what an annoyance some of the features on the newer tractors can be.
Her comments on being able to get right up danger close to things with the smaller mower were good. I look forward to seeing more of the articles. Its a shame they don’t allow these to be viewed online, they might reach a larger audience if they were available.