HP Z210 SFF/CMT and SSD

My SSD doesn’t quite “work” with HP Z210 SFF/CMT.

  • Model: CT525MX300SSD1
  • Brand: Crucial
  • Type: MX300
  • Capacity: 525Go
  • Error:
    • 1798- Hard drive with hardware encryption enabled detected while in RAID mode. Drive: SATA0 (Dark Blue). Drives that are using hardware encryption should not be included in RAID volumes. Using them may cause volume corruption and unpredictable behavior.

It can still be booted (I think) but F1 needs to be pressed when on startup which is annoying.

Note that same type but with 275Go capacity doesn’t have same problem.

Update 2017-05-31: Doesn’t work with Z210 CMT either. Same error.

Update 2017-08-04: Forgot to update but the drive does work after I clear out the eDrive mode or something. It was done using Crucial’s SSD utility.

Upgrade log 1

Ordered the RAM sticks. According to the store they’re on backorder and should arrive in one or two months. Hopefully they actually arrive. And doesn’t take two months.

It’s the most annoying part because barely anyone sells what I want and most of them are stupid overpriced.

On another note, I’ve gotten the all in one server. Should arrive sometime this week.

Accompanying the server, I also secured the drive bay converter and SATA (SAS) controller.

I can then proceed to put it in service once everything arrive. Starting from basic check, reflashing the controller, updating BIOS, and swapping parts. Need to take out 1230v2 from office desktop.

I’m thinking of doing everything at once after the basic preparation is done so I can minimize downtime. It’ll be my router after all. And web server. And storage server. Everything~

If there’s no problem, I’ll continue finishing new office desktop and swapping parts for end state of office server.

That will conclude the most troublesome parts. Assuming everything works as planned, that is.

Sure hope there’s no problem with new Ryzen system~

I will probably end up getting a new SSD though. Or not. We’ll see.

Upgrade plan

It’s time to upgrade my system! Everything! Or not really because some parts are just shuffled around.

Here’s the planned final state.

Home / Server

  • System: Dell PowerEdge T110 II
  • Processor: Intel Xeon E3-1230v2
  • RAM:
    • DDR3 PC3-12800 ECC UDIMM 8Gio x4
  • PCI cards:
    • SATA Controller / LSI SAS 9212-4i
    • Ethernet Controller / Realtek 8111
  • Misc:
    • 2×5.25″ to 3×3.5″ HDD Converter Bay / Century iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BK
  • Drives:
    • Seagate 600 SSD 240Go
    • SanDisk Ultra II SSD 240Go
    • Western Digital Red HDD 6To x5 (or 6?)

New all in one server replacing current combination of Microserver and Z210 SFF.

Home / Desktop

  • System: Custom built
    • Case: SilverStone Micro ATX SST-PS07B
    • Power supply: Antec Green 650W / EA-650-GREEN
    • Motherboard: ASRock AB350M Pro4
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700
  • RAM:
    • DDR4 PC4-19200 ECC UDIMM 16Gio x2
  • VGA: ASUS GeForce GTX950 / GTX950-2G
  • Optical drive: TSST (Toshiba Samsung) DVD-ROM 16x
  • Drives:
    • Crucial MX300 SSD 525Go
    • Samsung 840 SSD 250Go
    • Western Digital Blue HDD 250Go x2

Now with 100% more modern everything. No, just new processor/motherboard/RAM.

The VGA and SSD can use better upgrade but those will do for now.

Office / Server

  • System: HP Z210 CMT
  • Processor: Intel Xeon E3-1235
  • RAM:
    • DDR3 PC3-10600 ECC UDIMM 4Gio x2
    • DDR3 PC3-10600 ECC UDIMM 2Gio x2
  • Misc:
    • 1×5.25″ to 1×3.5″ HDD Converter Bay / Century iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-SV
  • Drives:
    • Transcend SSD370 SSD 512Go
    • Samsung 850 EVO SSD 500Go
    • Seagate 7200.10 (or 11?) HDD 3To x5 (4 connected due to lack of SATA ports)

Processor is upgraded from E3-1225 but RAM is downgraded from 20Gio total.

Office / Desktop

  • System: HP Z210 SFF
  • Processor: Intel Xeon E3-1270
  • RAM:
    • DDR3 PC3-10600 ECC UDIMM 8Gio x4
  • VGA: MSI GT730
  • PCI cards:
    • USB 3 Controller / Inateck 2 Ports USB3
  • Optical drive: HP DVD-RW 16x?
  • Drives:
    • Crucial MX300 SSD 275Go
    • Seagate Barracuda HDD 250Go x2

Another victim here. The RAM is now ECC but the VGA is downgraded far from GTX660 which I’m moving to somewhere far away.

Notes

Now I look again there’s possibility the current drive structure plan to not work because of compatibility problem. I will need to figure that out later and shuffle the drives around as need. I should’ve taken memo of the compatibility problems I encountered.

NEC Express5800/53Xg review

More reviews! I’ve always wanted to write these because there doesn’t seem to be many information on those. Most likely because they’re branded PC. Not only that, they’re branded workstation PC. Expensive new but dirt cheap second hand. Being workstation, I also expect them to last quite a long time.

Anyway, after the uselessness of Z210 SFF for desktop, I got its CMT version and used it for a while. That one has relatively similar specs, just larger and fit normal GPU and can supply enough power to it. There’s no problem with it except being large.

Surfing around Yahoo! Auction again, this time I found this NEC Express5800/53Xg. At 14100 yen total with shipping, it came with E3-1225, 4Gio of RAM, and two 250Go WD Blue hard drives.

Unlike the HP counterpart, this one is noisy. So bad that I ended up replacing the front 8cm fan with my spare Gelid fan. It helped a bit. Then I replaced the CPU HSF with the only one that seems to be compatible with it, Thermaltake Engine 27. It helped a lot. I also put some resistors on the tiny back fan. Also helped a lot.

Thankfully the headers are standard and BIOS doesn’t stop when it spots missing fans.

Unfortunately, it resulted in hot CPU. Mainly because the replacement HSF is rated for 70W TDP CPU while the installed CPU is 80W. Whoops. At least it works. Most of the time. Just a bit hot. 100°C hot.

And it’s still kind of noisy.

It doesn’t support Ivy Bridge CPU either so I can’t use E3-1230v2 which has 69W TDP.

On the bright side, it uses riser so it accepts full sized GPU. And the motherboard can also supply full 75W to it.

In the end, it’s usable for desktop. Kind of.

The other problem is it only has 2 RAM slots, maxing out at 16Gio. I thought it’s enough. Except it isn’t. Task manager is currently showing I’m using 14.6Gio which isn’t quite comforting. Electron apps are to blame but in the end I just need more RAM because I ultimately use those apps.

(WthasApp using 300Mio? Really? And Slack 500Mio? What the hell is this?)

It also has two gigabit ethernet which I have no use of.

Another small complain is it’s got slim DVD which isn’t as nice as normal drive. Mainly the attaching the disc part.

Internally there are only three SATA ports. And the hard drive cage, while completely standard, is a pain to install/remove drives with because it needs full removal of optical drive and the cage itself.

My unit didn’t come with rubber feet so I used this thing. Works pretty well.

Conclusion

  • usable for desktop (it’s my current desktop)
    • except it’s noisy and/or hot
  • should be fine for server as well if 16Gio is enough

The noise pretty bad and the heat is worrying so I’m considering replacing it with something else. Of course there’s Ryzen. But it’s expensive and is way more than what I need. It also won’t run Windows 7 unless Microsoft backs their stance. I may consider it next year but for now I don’t think it’ll happen. Maybe it’ll happen sooner than I thought.

Alternatively there’s another workstation candidate: Fujitsu Celsius J510. It also seems to support full sized GPU. Assuming it’s not too long, that is. Turned out the PCIe slot is at the bottom which means it only supports single slot GPU. Nope.

Left handed mouse

I’ve been using mouse left handed for a long while after (kind of) breaking my right hand thanks to playing a bit too much rhythm game and too lazy to visit doctor (and that it doesn’t hurt that much).

I initially switched the button using Windows’ built-in mouse button setting but learned that it breaks in various ways ranging from application not honoring the setting to just plain annoyance to having to set the thing at all.

Later I found this hardware-stored profile for certain mice and I’ve been happily using mouse left handed ever since.

There are quite a few things I noticed from switching side.

One main thing I first noticed is how much keyboard shortcuts are located on left side. From the most basic copy/paste, browser tab open/close, closing app, switching app, switching tab, escape key, and some keyboards don’t even have windows key on right side. Those are cause a slight annoyance when using mouse left handed because that means I need to switch position more often than needed. Either that or I just right click and do copy/paste stuff and set my mouse’s 5 additional buttons to do those tasks. I like my mouse.

The other thing is keyboard and mouse positioning is actually more balanced when using keyboard with numpad. The main keys on keyboard are pretty much located on the middle with numpad on right side and mouse on left side. Very convenient.

Oh and I have profile for both sides on my mouse so it’s just clicks away to switch its handedness.

I haven’t used right handed mouse for so long I find it weird now. And my accuracy have dropped as well. Combined with my left hand not being that accurate yet, I probably have overall even less accuracy on my mouse control now.

PHP 7!

Panzer vor! (☞゚∀゚)☞

Panzer vor! (☞゚∀゚)☞

# (build machine since the server itself doesn't have enough memory to build PHP)
root@openbsd:/var# /opt/php7/bin/php --version
PHP 7.0.0 (cli) (built: Dec  4 2015 21:50:31) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2015 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.0.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2015 Zend Technologies
root@openbsd:/var# uname -a
OpenBSD openbsd.myconan.net 5.8 GENERIC#1170 amd64

Oh look, this blog is now running on PHP 7 (under OpenBSD). Apart of OpenBSD-specific mysql socket path, everything seems to be working fine out of box. It seems to be slightly faster as well? Or maybe not, I guess WordPress is just so slow and no amount of speed ups can fix it.

Hopefully OpenBSD 5.9 will have it by default. Still no ports in sight though.

Configure parameters:

./configure --prefix=/opt/php7 --enable-fpm --with-openssl --with-pcre-regex --with-zlib --enable-bcmath --enable-calendar --with-curl --enable-exif --enable-ftp --with-gd --with-gettext --with-gmp --with-mhash --enable-intl --enable-mbstring --with-mysqli --enable-sockets --enable-sysvmsg --enable-sysvsem --enable-sysvshm --enable-wddx --enable-mysqlnd --with-webp-dir=/usr/local --with-jpeg-dir=/usr/local --with-freetype-dir=/usr/X11R6 --with-png-dir=/usr/local

Compiling xpdf (pdfimages) for Windows

…on a FreeBSD system. I recently needed a modified version of it for a good reason. Only tried for its pdfimages. Probably works for other components as well.

  1. Install these packages:
    • mingw32-bin-msvcrt
    • mingw32-binutils
    • mingw32-gcc
  2. Download, extract, go to xpdf source.
  3. ./configure --host=mingw32 --target=i686-mingw32msvc --build=i686-linux
  4. make pdfimages
  5. ???
  6. Profit!

Whoops, almost forgot one last step. Produced binary from steps above will require additional libraries to start. To make it run with just the binary, rerun the last compile command (from output of make) with additional arguments: -static-libgcc and -static-libstdc++.

[ Reference for configure script arguments | Reference for static build ]

Few weeks with Firefox

  • crashes every 1-2 days
  • slow
  • fail on loading large images which for some reason don’t happen on others’ Firefox. I think my Firefox is cursed or something
  • modal authentication in 2014
  • oh and it crashes again when I’m writing this post. Thankfully I’m doing this in Chrome

ss+(2014-09-30+at+03.19.48)

Building Latest Transmission in CentOS 6

By default, CentOS 6 (and other RHEL clones) only provides transmission 2.13. There’s alternative repository from transmission official site but it isn’t really all that “latest” either (and I don’t fancy adding random repositories).

First, compile libevent2:

  • install gcc and make
  • download and extract the source
  • ./configure --prefix=/opt/libevent2 && make && make install

And then compile transmission (hopefully you don’t need the gtk interface):

  • install gcc-c++
  • configure with PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/libevent2/lib/pkgconfig ./configure --prefix=/opt/transmission --disable-nls --enable-daemon
  • finally, make && make install
  • if there’re missing dependencies, just install them (they’re all in repository apart of libevent2)

Don’t forget to add path to transmission in bash default profile (in /etc/profile.d/custom.sh):

PATH="/opt/transmission/bin:${PATH}"

And done! Enjoy the latest transmission.