Pasanda

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  1. I've had a servers for the past 10-12 years now. Mostly used for serving the house with films, TV, photos and music, running Plex media server too. I've never spent much money on them and always expect them to be upgraded every 4-5 years. Such is the case now. I am using a Dell PowerEdge T20 - a small tower server with a mediocre pentium G3220 cpu, 8Gb RAM a small SSD running the W10 OS, then HDD of 1Tb, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. So 10TB in all. Working in IT, a few old servers came up for disposal recently and i threw my hat in the ring. I was the only person who asked for one, and said i'd have the best i can for £100. Late last week, i was delivered an HP380 G7 rackmount server. Here are the spec. 2* 2.66 GHz Six Core (Xeon) 2 * 146 GB 10K SAS 192 GB Kingston server RAM (yup, you read that right). 6 fans 2 * 750w PSU 2 port 10Gbit ethernet PCI card 4 Gbit ethernet PCI card 2 channel Fibrechannel ethernet PCI card. 2 onboard 1gb ethernet ports. 8 hot swap 2.5 inch drive bays. They basically decided it would cost them money to strip out the extras and RAM, so i got it as was. I'm almost certainly not going to be using the PCI expansions, as the 2 * 1Gg ports are plenty. I put my Windows 10 SSD from my current server into one of the hot swap 2.5 inch caddies, and low and behold the thing booted right up. The biggest issue is that the HDD slots are all 2.5 inch and my 4 main storage drives are all 3.5 inch. The HDD interface is SAS, which will drive up to 4 * SATA. There are also no Molex power connectors. So i've ordered an adaptor for the 10 pin motherboard connector to Sata, and a data adaptor from SAS to 4 * Sata. I don't think the drives will fit into the server housing, so they're likely to be externally and loosely housed. although i have seen 2nd hand "Icy Dock" housing that might work. Without the unwanted PCI riser and 3 cards, the thing runs silent, and chews through a very polite 72 watts when ticking over. With the riser and 3 cards, it sounds like a jet fighter taking off. With room to expand. inherent reliability, lots of RAM, and, hopefully, plenty of grunt to do the video decoding, this thing will hopefully last a while. p.s. I've been chewing over a business idea for the past 5 years, to set up a company that builds, installs and maintains home music/media/AV/automation for people with too much money. It's something i get a lot of pleasure from and i think it's the future.
  2. So (luckily) Amazon bought the rights to the Expanse, and recently released the first season under its banner -- S04. I've just completed it and thought it was pretty good. I'd probably say not quite as good as the sum of the previous 3 seasons. They've clearly had a lot more cash injected into production. It's possibly lost something for that too. I am still looking forward to where it will go next. Anyone else watch it? Any thoughts?
  3. Built the USB and tried to get it to boot for a few bays with no luck. Just stuck on the swirly. Then bought a slimline-to-fat sata cable to swap the DVD drive for a bootable windows disk. Seems HP checks for genuine drives attached. Bastards. Talking to the server guys, one of the reasons they're selling off the servers is they found HP very difficult to work with. HP try to tie you in completely to their ecosystem. That's possibly what i'm seeing too. Almost given up. Borrowed a sata PCI card that i might try. My last option is to rebuild a raid array, as it originally was and copy my data onto it somehow (slow external USB drive possibly.)
  4. It's great when game devs show you that they love their game. Reminds me of No Man's Sky a bit.
  5. It's all gravy.
  6. well you do run sometimes as well, if that helps...
  7. Started playing this a few weeks ago. Developed by Obsidian Studios (Fallout 4 etc.) and it plays very much like a Fallout game. The humour is right there, and not too stale, and the play style is very similar to FO4. The biggest difference i would say is that the open world isn't open enough. From that point of view, it's more like the recent Tomb Raider games - a series of medium sized zones, that you play through. This makes it feel quite a lot more on rails than FO4. Still, if you're happy to be led through an interesting plot. then it might be for you. They've tried to do more with companions, but having played Far Cry 5, it's not a touch on how they interact, and the character interplay dialogue, as seen in the likes of DA:I. I will continue though. Playing on Normal right now, and it's very difficult to die.
  8. Nice to see you fella. Was thinking of you only yesterday.
  9. Booting into Linux or Unraid using a USB is relatively trivial compared to W10 i think. As in, they're built to enable that, and W10 is not. No, it's a 64Gb stick. I don't have a 128gb and don't want to buy one just for this project at the moment. I have reached around 25 dead ends so far and have a host of kit in front of me, that i've bought, but is no use because this thing never pans out how i expect it to. Ta-da!!!!! Pretty much everything in this photo (aside from the phone and darth vader), has been bought to get this working, including the 5-bay caddy on the window sill.
  10. Into Windows 10? W10 was loading when i left on Fri. It had been loading for around 1 hour. I was in no rush, so i left it running. Had the Windows log and swirly, but i'm not hopeful.
  11. This could in all honesty be a huge update, but i'll spare you, as i suspect TL;DR would occur. Heck it probably will anyway. Worth a read if you ever get the chance to try anything similar. So the aim was to install windows 10 and transfer my existing media disks across with the media on them. I have been on this for a few hours most days in the past few weeks, and i am literally no closer. For every tiny speck of fortune, i am met with hordes of resistance. Bear in mind that i have access to an army of server experts (who i am desperate not to piss off with constant demands for attention and help - this is my personal toy after all). In a nutshell, the server is built with a raid controller, which will only see logical drives. Making physical drives into logical ones wipes the data (all my media content = bad). I gave up on the first server, which i could not get to recognise any drives. Although i now realise it was no fault on the server, i did manage to get a newer model with 350gb RAM /evil grin. The only SATA interface on the machine is for the DVD drive, and it's a slimline sata cable. It's taken me until yesterday to work out that you can fudge the controller away from RAID modeo, to HBA mode - which means it will only see standard physical disks. Woo-hoo, There is an idiosyncrasy that, in HBA mode, you cannot create or boot from bootable HDD disks. Boooo. I have two options left to me. I've just ordered a slimline sata to sata convertor, to see if i can put the bootable windows SSD in place of the DVD drive. This should work, but then so should at least a dozen of other things I've tried. As i mentioned, every positive step forward has been met by at least 1 negative step backwards. My 2nd option is to use an app called Rufus to create a bootable Windows USB stick. This should work, but it could be very slow. If none of that works, i'm probably looking at buying Sata expansion cards for the PCI bus. At which point i might just give up. Although the thought of a server with 32 cores of Xeon processor and a 1/3 of a Tb RAM does keep me going.
  12. Still trying to get the damn server up and running. Experience has been a real challenge with 2 problems occurring for everyone 1 solved. But once resolved, yes, i think i'll give fallen order another try. How about you?
  13. I grimaced.
  14. I lol'ed. Thanks.
  15. The ship wouldn't let me through the door. I gave up and concentrated on the first one, which seems much tougher. 51.5 hours in and i think i'm done. Completed the main quest line, where you travel across the galaxy picking symbols for the portal. Then gather the ingredients to activate it, park near the portal and activate it. Then choose from the 4 globes representing different galaxy types to reset to. I chose the most neutral one. Teleport to some seemingly random planet with a few minutes to find a way off. All of the technology on my multitool is damaged. All of the equipment on my main ship is damaged. Luckily, i have a 2nd ship which is nearly fried but capable of launching, which i then summon (to this new reset galaxy???). The whole sequence felt ill-conceived. Especially trashing all my gear, and my ship, parked on a shiny planet god knows how far away. I'd be spending the next few weeks just restoring my gear and getting back to the point I was at before choosing the type of galaxy to reset to. Also, reset galaxy looks pretty much like my old one. Still, 51 hours is not too bad, and i enjoyed it a lot. I wanna thank you Elovia for all the advice along the way. It was a fun few weeks fella.
  16. Colour me jealous.
  17. Where do you find the time!!!! What's your secret? Thanks for sharing. Not really me, but appreciate seeing it. From the trailer you'd be forgiven for thinking there was a human female as a main character. But you don't mention her at all? Also, the breasts don't bounce enough, the waists are wasp-like enough, the eyes aren't saucer sized enough, and the weapons aren't bigger-than-the-wielder enough, for it to be anime
  18. The 3.5 bays are called the LFF option. Mine has the SFF option. The LFF is 3-4 times the price (i suspect it's a supply and demand thing). You can buy an LFF upgrade for the 380 G7, but it's like £300-£400 just for the upgrade. So i've bought an Icy-Dock caddy 2nd hand, which is 5 drive bay 3.5 inch caddy. It has Sata power and data ports on the back. I've bought 5 Sata power and data extension leads, which i'm going to plug into the ports at the rear of the 2.5inch bays on the server, and then into the back of the Icy-Dock. That should work.
  19. No, the other doors are like normal doors that swoosh open when you approach.
  20. Thanks man. Some good ideas that i will try. But not tonight: Family just back from the weekend away. I couldn't say for sure. The repairs on the other frigate were not in the same place IIRC.
  21. That layout is exactly the same as mine, which one main difference. "The platform forms a Tee intersection with the two ramps, and the straightaway part of the Tee (pointing to the front of the frigate itself) heads toward a door behind which is a room containing three consoles." The door that leads to the room with 3 consoles is transparent, yet you can see the metal struts. The door neither opens, nor allows me through. Here. The thin blue bars are the bars of the blocked door. I cannot reach the consoles you can clearly see in front of me.
  22. Great response. Loads of f/up. I've only used the spaceship terminal by accident. I'd realised you could breakdown modules for components, but I hadn't realised you could break ships down there. Good info! If you have more than one base, can you have a ship at each base? That might be a goal worth pursuing. I've completed Artemis ans yes, it was quite a heart-rending ending. I chose to let him live out his life virtually, but i did tell him the score. It's what i'd have wanted - i think... So Atlas is one that i could take on next. I've done a fair bit and my current mission is to visit the galaxies core. Not sure how far through that is. I've completed the dreams of the deep quests, and that's where i got the £15m ship from and a wreck - although it's confused me that although i claimed it, it hasn't appeared in my Capital ships docks, along with the other 3 claimed ships that have. Is there a limit of 3 spaces on the capital ship? I'm not really interested in underwater habitations - having killed Subnautica. I am interested in a second base, and have even found a nearby planet that seems a likely candidate. No storms and the atmosphere has no nasties. I'm still looking out for the "GOTCHA". It's probably a Purge planet at night, or something. Easter eggs and finding new stuff only works for me if there is an end-goal motivation. Not just money, but money because i want to do some that needs money. I'm not rich, but i'm no longer looking for money to do stuff and i can't think what i want to do, aside for Atlas and another base, of course. Regarding the repair, aside from jumping of the edge of the ship to look for doorways underneath, i've search high and low. There are only two ways into the ship i can find and both lead off ramps at the landing point. They branch symetrically into 4 more paths, 2 of which go to other consoles. But none of them go to the place on the other side of the blocked doorway. If i look right or left through the blocked doorway, i can see another door at each end of the short corridor that the console is in, but i can see no way to get to the other side of those doors. The frigate i'm talking about is this type, where you land on the rear deck and the entryways are just ahead of that. It's the one bottom left in this image. Very modern looking. Really great idea with the platinum. Those crystal are not common, but i have found them before.
  23. I found those damaged fleet ships, and immediately got stuck as i couldn't get through a doorway, blocked by some half visible bars. I fixed one other ship and sent it away on some 1 star trade mission. The ship was classed as a trader. The ship suffered damaged to 4 systems, each requiring 100k wirth of platinum. It really isn't worth it. I also read that a number of people just stick with the main ship for missions for the same reason. I feel i'm getting close to saturation. I've completed all the missions from the 4 staff at the base. I haven't concluded the plant chap as they don't seem that interesting. I have my 3 exocraft too. Main quests are looking to take me to the centre of the galaxy. So i'm winding up to try that out. Got quite depressed by the realisation that one just can't sell ships. I claimed a ship underwater worth £15m, and the only thing i can do with it is trade it in for another ship that i don't really need.
  24. It's hard for me to fathom someone of <cough> our age, having grown up without Aliens in their life.
  25. Aliens? https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/UD-4_"Cheyenne"_Dropship