06
Jun
2008
15:16 PM

Gentoo + Atom = Headache

After writing so confidently about finding a fix for the earlier kernel problems with an Intel D945GCLF board, it returned with a vengeance shortly afterwards. Frustration finally won the day and a completely fresh install followed.

Gentoo had been the Linux distribution of choice on the previous box, but as speed was of the essence here (downtime was almost five days), something else was in order. That something turned out to be Arch Linux — might as well start with something completely different.

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02
Jun
2008
22:01 PM

Atomic Linux III

To cut a long story short, acpi=ht isn’t the magic solution. Although much more stable than before, stable enough to get X windows up and running, it still fell foul of the same runaway kacpid problem eventually. It had to be another part of ACPI causing the problems. A quick look back through...

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02
Jun
2008
20:08 PM

Atomic Linux II

Today’s agenda, a custom Linux kernel for a new Intel D945GCLF-based system. Something in Gentoo’s default generic kernel caused the system to oops on boot, compiling a tailored kernel should fix that. PLD Linux Rescue disc boots correctly on the system though, so we can chroot into the Gentoo s...

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02
Jun
2008
18:39 PM

Atomic Linux

Two minutes to unpack, five minutes to install, three days to get almost everything working. The problem with trying to work with brand new hardware is that there is very, very little information anywhere to refer to. Still, how hard could it be?

The server in question needed a little preparatio...

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02
Jun
2008
13:32 PM

Finding the Atom

Just as despair began to set in following the initial foray into the market for a low-power, mini-ITX replacement board for my rapidly aging VIA EPIA-PD, a glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon.

The internet rumour-mill began to whisper of a something altogether new. Intel’s first completely...

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02
Jun
2008
11:09 AM

Retiring The Nehemiah

It had been coming increasingly clear for some time that my venerable VIA EPIA-PD just wasn’t cutting it any more. Despite all that was great about it (mini-ITX form-factor, essentially silent after modding and low, low power requirements), the downsides finally caught up with it (maximum of 1GB...

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