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HP Proliant ML 110 G5, CentOS 7 and Smart Array P400

Recently i had to reinstall my old (but still working) server. I have bought Smart Array P400 instead of my old Smart Array E200, added new harddrives (WD Caviar Black 1TB x 2). And there was an issue regarding that on CentOS 7.x (RHEL 7.x) there is no more drivers for that controller. This was bad for me.

I have started to google the internet and have found a solution for this:

Solution was simple:

  1. Download drivers from here
  2. Add above driver for CentOS 7 during boot process
  3. Install CentOS 7

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Xubuntu 12.04 LTS running on AMD X6 FX-6100

After couple of weeks i told my boss that my old hardware must be replaced. My plan was to buy hardware which would be able to serve me for testing stuff. My choice was:
CPU: AMD X6 FX-6100
RAM: Kingston 8GB HyperX Blue
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-780T-D3L
Case: Modecom A14
Graphic card: ATi Radeon HD5450 1GB RAM DDR3

All my company runs programs which require Microsoft Windows, but i like ubuntu! So, because i don’t need any special desktop effects i have installed on that configuration Xubuntu 12.04.02 LTS. To run Windows software i have installed Oracle VirtualBox and then Windows 8 Enterprise Edition.

This is a second week when i am using that and everything works fine!

CentOS 6 on HP Compaq 6710b

A few days ago a have got from a “second hand” HP Compaq 6710b laptop. Of course I wanted and I did installed on it CentOS 6 🙂

The first failure was the black screen when I was trying to install the CentOS 6 in the “Install of upgrade and existing system“. So I decided to install from the second option “Install system with basic video driver”. I was possible to install the system, but the resolution was only 1024×768 not 1280×800. The video driver in that laptop is (according to lspci):

00:02.1 Display controler: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GM960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev0c)

I started to “google” the internet and I have found a solution at CentOS Forum page The problem was that the kernel cannot load a proper module, and in /etc/X11 was a xorg.conf file containing configuration like this:

Section “Device”

Identifier “Videocard0”
Driver “vesa”


According to CentOS Forum the solution was simple:

    1. delete file /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    2. remove in /boot/grub/grub.conf entry “nomodeset”
It’s all 🙂 After rebooting CentOS found and loaded the prober module for my video card.


Linux (CentOS 5.5) and Media-Tech mouse MT1089K

Today I have bough an radio mouse Media-Tech MT1089K

I have few concerns like “Would it work under Linux(CentOS 5.5)?”, because on the producer home page – the only operating system that this mouse will work where Windowx XP/Vista/7.

After pluging it into my laptop (old Benq Joybook A33E), mouse works without any action on my side 🙂

CentOS see this mouse properly.

After few hours of using I must say, that this is a good product, moreover all mouse button works properly 🙂