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Old 03-16-2011, 11:01 AM   #1
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New Box, New Direction


My Dell Dimension 8400 conked out when I moved it a couple of hundred miles (fans go full blast, it's going to be the CMOS battery [replaced that, nope], the power supply [replaced that, nope], the motherboard [dunno] or the processor [dunno]). It's going to Mr. Fix-it to see what's what and may be a boat anchor depending on the price of whatever is wrong with it). It's a nice 32-bit box that may find a new home or become a network print- or file server or something.

OK, enough's enough. New Dell Optiplex 780: 64-bit, 8G RAM, 500G drive, DVD, DVD-R/W, fast Ethernet card. No graphics card, no sound card, no screwing around with proprietary drivers, the built-in Intel graphics and sound is just fine, thank you very much. And, oh yeah, worked out of the gate.

It comes, of course, with the Microsoft tax -- Win7 Professional. Bah, humbug. Wipe that that out with a full, clean install of Slackware 13.1 64-bit, blow away that blasted Akondi thing, add all the patches (keep those up-to-date on my 64-bit laptop). Ah, Slackware doing its thing.

500G is a lot of gig. I partition maybe a little screwy -- I have partitions like this:
Code:
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/root              15G  5.7G  8.4G  41% /
/dev/sda3              19G  2.4G   16G  14% /home
/dev/sda5              19G  1.8G   16G  11% /usr/local
/dev/sda6              19G  952M   17G   6% /opt
/dev/sda7              19G  173M   18G   1% /var/lib/mysql
/dev/sda8              92G   18G   70G  21% /var/lib/virtual
/dev/sda9              92G  8.1G   79G  10% /spares
There's still a couple of hundred gig sitting there unformatted for future use.

I do them this way so when a new release of Slackware comes along, I can do a full, clean install without having to back a whole lot of stuff off somewhere and then put it back on -- don't really like doing the update way, too much fiddling and twiddling. All you do, when you're setting up the partitions for /etc/fstab is not format the ones you want to keep (like /home, /user/local, /opt, /var/lib/mysql and /var/lib/virtual). Works for me. In this case, I simply copied the content of those partitions from the laptop (new machine, new partitions, gotta start from somewhere).

I've followed the don't-mess-with-the-standard-files model. So, for example, I have /etc/profile.d files that set up things the way I want them -- I do not like nor do I use BASH in favor of Korn Shell, so first change is to /etc/passwd to change root from BASH to Korn and edit the default shell in /usr/sbin/adduser. Hey! It's my box, I do it the way I want it!

I have the Adobe Type Library, some TTF fonts and some Type 1 fonts that all live in /usr/local/share/fonts (thus never wiped out) and I add /etc/fonts/local.conf like this
Code:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<!-- /etc/fonts/local.conf file to configure system font access -->
<fontconfig>
        <dir>/usr/local/share/fonts/Adobe</dir>
        <dir>/usr/local/share/fonts/MSfonts</dir>
        <dir>/usr/local/share/fonts/myfonts</dir>
</fontconfig>
I set up /etc/hosts -- I use fixed-IP internally and everybody knows about everybody else right off the bat:
Code:
# For loopbacking.
127.0.0.1               localhost
192.168.1.10            fubar.com fubar
192.168.1.15            InkJet
192.168.1.20            snafu.com snafu
192.168.1.30            pita.com pita
192.168.1.40            Plotter
I generate local keys with ssh-keygen, copy the public keys from and to other machines and everybody can talk to each other.

Then, logged in as root, execute startx. KDE plays his little tune (so the sound works), fills the screen with all that default stuff, run though the configuration to get it the way I like it, viola! all done, roughly 45 minutes.

Set up HPLIP, install and set up OpenOffice.org install VirtualBox (4.0.4), install some other stuff, roughly 30 minutes.

Up, running, minor twiddles. Dang, I do like Slackware.

Added Win7 to VirtualBox, almost completely painless (well, the thing does work).

Dang, I do like Slackware.
 
Old 03-16-2011, 11:43 AM   #2
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Fans running full blast on a Dell computer on startup. In my experience, changing out the motherboard fixes the problem.
 
Old 03-16-2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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nice post, tronayne

I've just bought two new disks for my old second-hand Fujitsu-Siemens Scenic L (didn't even have USB2.0).

Now you've got me thinking whether I should get a new box to go with the new disks...

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Old 03-16-2011, 11:58 AM   #4
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Fans running full blast on a Dell computer on startup. In my experience, changing out the motherboard fixes the problem.
Yeah, kind of what I figure -- bad proc just doesn't make all that much sense. Seems like I can get one on E-Bay or some such, haul out the tools and have at it. But, Mr. Fix-it is reasonable and that works too. I may just clean out the 32-bit boxes and donate them to a worthy cause (that 8400 is kind of sweetie, 3.0G processor, 4G RAM, DVD burner, floppy drive [well, used to need one], 250G SATA). Somebody might get some use out of it.
 
  


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