firewing1's blog

My ramblings on Marvell 88E8056, 2.6.21, sky2

The Marvell LAN on my GA-965P-S3 board stopped working all of a sudden after a reboot the other day, and I franticly tried flashing the BIOS & firmware, I undid my overclock, even rewired everything inside. No luck.

The problem was due to the semi-broken sky2 driver... From what I've heard it's been broken for a while (and developers know it). Sky2 seems to work pretty well from my experience.. Apart from this.

Anyways the cause was the new 2.6.21 kernels, which is why it only started happening after a reboot, as I started booting new kernel. Reverting to 2.6.20 (in my case, the FC6 kernel) worked perfectly.

$ /sbin/lspci | grep Ethernet
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 14)

Open drivers for ATI

A slashdotter pointed out that ATI (now owned by AMD) is going to release open source drivers. Let's hope nVidia does the same!

Edit: Turns out this is probably not true... I think people had misinterpreted what ATI had said.


fwbackups RC1

This is the first relatively stable release of fwbackups and things seem to work nicely togther overall, so I've taken rev52 as release candidate one. Please let me know about any bugs, suggestions, etc.


Never did, never will

I was repairing somone's computer today, nothing especially different about the job from others... I run a I wanted to make sure the RAM wasn't bad so I boot up memtest86++ and and it repeatedly hangs at Test #3, while the fans start blaring like crazy. I open the box, and this is what I found in the heatsink:

Cigarette gunk clogging heatsink #1
Cigarette gunk clogging heatsink #2

I doubt this computer was more than 4 year old judging by the model and make of the parts in it. Oh, and that's cigarette smoke and nicotine, not dust or dirt :/


Hit 10K today

Today I broke 10K points for folding@homeL I completed my 54th work with 10167 points.

If you haven't joined already, please consider joining the FedoraFolders. Folding@home is a project that uses your idle CPU cycles to help research on various diseases - You won't even notice it's there in the background.



Size of all updates downloaded from Presto-enabled repositories: 1.7M
Size of updates that would have been downloaded if Presto wasn't enabled: 31M
This is a savings of 95 percent

Updated: anaconda.i386 0: glibc.i686 0:2.5.90-21
Dependency Updated: anaconda-runtime.i386 0: glibc-common.i386 0:2.5.90-21 glibc-devel.i386 0:2.5.90-21 glibc-headers.i386 0:2.5.90-21

Slowly but surely...

Well, slowly but surely I'm getting to that final fwbackups 1.43.0 release... I noticed import/export stopped working in fwbackups 1.43.0 beta3 this friday, so that's fixed in my local SVN and it'll go into RC1 when I figure I've fixed enough to put it out. The crontab should be in much better sync with sets too, and I've also made tar.gz use tar xfz instead of making a tar then gzip'ing it. I figure I'll go for RC1, RC2, RC3 then gold.

I've also being thinking about the future of audio-convert-mod, or rather, the lack of it. It's getting pretty huge to maintain, and internationalizing it is getting troublesome. So, once I finish with fwbackups, goodbye to audio-convert-mod and welcome to media-convert... A full pygtk app that handles many formats, and supports videos too!


Pidgin Beta7

Due to legal issues, the Gaim instant messenger has now been renamed to Pidgin. I just downloaded Beta7 from extras-development, and I'm quite impressed. The new Tango icons make all the difference!


IBO and audio-convert-mod

What's the relation you might ask? One's a program offered in schools and the other is my audio conversion script... Well, I'll keep it short and sweet. The IBO program is great, but the evaluations they make us write for about half our assignments take FOREVER. So I don't have much time to update my code anymore :/

Oh, and while I'm on the topic of IBO, I doubt anyone in IBO reads this regularly, but somebody I know was very suprised to hear they didn't give us the detailed evaluation rubrics for our Personal Project next year. Gladfully, he gave me a copy and also said I should give it to people I know! Ask me at school for the password and then you can download it [file removed].

I've started working on a new audio-convert-mod, one that's rewritten in PyGTK and that doesn't only do audio - This one can do videos too! You can see the UI design I've made so far here [file removed]. For now, let's just say it's "coming soon" though :D


New fglrx released

The devel branch of xorg-x11-drv-fglrx has just been duplicated over into FC-6, so the new FC-6 package using livna-config-display for all the file editing and configuration! This means it's generally faster, easier to use and now has many more features like automatic disabling of Composite and AIGLX in xorg.conf so DRI works out-of-the-box. Enjoy!