DISABLED Infinity v1.91

May 29, 2007

Some 2 weeks ago this screen just went in front of my eyes.

Besides this error, I’d also get that none of my games would load (copies of course) it would say to insert PS2 format disc.

After few WTF’s, reset, power on/off … nope it was still there. Google, tried upgrading firmware, but nothing. Since I still had my guarantee paper, I went back to the store and gave them my PS2.

I was in touch with the guys, so he told me they’ll take it directly to Sony. Few days later I get a call from this guy, basically asking me whose discs am I using. I tell him “TraxData” or “Verbatim” most of the time, and then he jumps with a question if I used “Princo” I said something along a line “fuck no”

Sony guys tells me that system is working, and that he’ll leave it there few more days and test it. Also tells me how it’s possible that Princo screwed it all up, that it reflected beam right back to lens … some bullshit like that. And there you go, I didn’t want to hurry anybody up or anything, but today was the day I’d get my PS2.

I turn it on, and yea same thing >_< style=”font-weight: bold;”>


I Google, I read, Google, read, I figure out it only wont read the discs cuz they are copies. PS2 format disc … not even torrent would have such a thing, and besides all I figured it would pretty much ruin my Infinity firmware.

I experiment for some good 2 hours or so. Disabled message? You get it by unplugging memory cards, and removing the disc and by pressing “Start” button before it boots.

Heh, I was supposed to press “Triangle + Circle” before it boots, but I only got more errors. Instructions and README files were just plain weird, first they weren’t meant for PS2 slim, second none of what was expected would not happen.

I got few firmware versions of of the “Matrix Team” site. Burned .cue files, still disc wouldn’t boot. Read the README, didn’t help.

Then I did the following, I seriously have no idea what sense this made to me … but I came on an idea I should do that one too. I removed both controllers, memory cards, just left the latest firmware disc inside. And viola, it would load … but …

As you see it above, after plugging in the controller, and pressing “Start” button, programming would start and fail … There was only one solution left that made sense to me. Open up to box, remove the modchip, start PS2 without it, turn it off, put back the chip, start the firmware installation from the beginning.

But then I thought, why not just try one more “Triangle + Circle”, “Settings Saved, Please restart” Same message, and when I restarted …

I seriously yelled “HOLY SHIT I DID IT”

So yea from now on, I think I can do modding too :)

Intel High Defintion (HDA) … make it loud \m/!

May 18, 2007

I used to disturb my neighbors all the time, but then with this new notebook, a lot of things were new (to me) … from SMP, over to SATA/libata, to 3945ABG and finally to high definition. Which all pretty much if not completely sucked on Linux or just in general.

And had it all fixed and working, my sound was working fine, but it was somewhat quiet. For example you wouldn’t hear anything if you didn’t have speakers plugged into it. I used to ignore, wear audio driver, fix audio driver messages on my hands, but I was too lazy. Until today.

Let’s do this straight forward, easy and without minor glitch. No matter what Linux distribution you’re on, your High Definition (HDA) card is not load at all! Way to fix it? I read ALSA project change log and this is what I’ve done, and what you should do to make it loud, really loud.

Fire up konsole/terminal

#lspci | grep -i audio

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)

You get that ^ too? Heh, you can’t do it loud either :)

First remove your “alsa-driver” “alsa-lib” “alsa-oss” and “alsa-util”
Before you remove them, I advise you to turn off your kmixer and amarok, or whatever other audio app. you’re using (matter of precaution IMO).

If you haven’t downloaded those very same “alsa-driver” “alsa-lib” “alsa-oss” and “alsa-util” (all 1.0.14rc4) by now, you should do it right now (alsa-project.org)and place them in a same dir. Just suggestion.

Final step :)

Untar them all (tar xjf alsa-driver-1.0.14rc4.tar.bz2 and so on)

$ cd /path/to/alsa-driver-1.0.14rc4/
$ ./configure –with-cards=hda-intel
$ make
# make install

$ cd /path/to/alsa-lib-1.0.14rc4
$ ./configure
$ make
# make install

Do the same with alsa-oss and alsa-util just as you did with alsa-lib.


Adjust your mixer, “alsamixer” or your favorite mixer.

Enjoy :)

Sony Ericsson P1 is out!

May 15, 2007

For awhile now, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Sony Ericsson … everything pretty much was the same as W810. Yea there are differences, but here and there … It was mostly about the phone looks, hardware remained the same.

W810i is still a great phone, what bothers me about it, is it’s standard “keyboard” that is numbers :) I’m doing a lot of browsing, typing emails, forums bla bla.

So it really takes a lot of your time to type small a message. Second is that I can’t code :) And as far as I’m concerned coding on Symbian is possible. But I say no to Nokia … it’s just not my style :)

So really I was waiting for new P series, which I want for a longer period of time.

M series caught my attention, but immediately lost it when I saw there’s no camera on it. Yea all other aspects are fine, but IMO, any todays phone has to have a camera.

And just today it was new P series has been released!

Key features, and the things I know about the phone right now are the following:

  • Symbian 9.1 OS with UIQ 3 user interface
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 2.6″ 262K colors TFT touchscreen display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus (maybe 5MP would be perfect, and prolly hit the price of the phone to the sky itself, so 3.2 is good)
  • Memory Stick Micro M2 memory card slot
  • UMTS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, USB, Infrared (wi-fi and USB … ahh! :))
  • Secondary camera for video calls
  • Walkman-grade MP3 player and FM radio with RDS (Kick ass!)
  • Jog Dial navigation

I’ll definitely write a review once I get my hands on this beauty … so far I don’t think it’s gonna be soon. At this time, I can only guess what the price is gonna be, but I’m assuming around 1000+ euros. Heh, I might even write to Sony Ericsson/M80 a nice email to see if they are interested in sponsoring me with one of these beauties, just like it was the case with W810i.

Other then that I really have no clue, how I’m gonna get this piece, but I’ll get it somehow. I’d definitely want it before I leave for DebConf7, so I have something to show of on the conference :) And especially cuz of one the sponsors is Nokia.
Best way to get hated on DebConf? Slackware on your notebook + latest Sony Ericsson phone :)

Offtopic: I got my UK visa yesterday. Leaving for a DebConf7 on 17th June.

Note that even tho this phone is out, commercially it will be available sometime in Q3, 2007

Slackware hibernate

May 11, 2007

When it comes to my life, remember my last post about exam? Linux question, the little disagreement we had? I ended up having 59.25%, 0.75% from 60% and yes I have failed the exam, unbelievable.

Back to topic: Few days ago I just got this urge to get hibernation working, there’s a need to it of course, but it was more to prove myself I could do it from scratch. So I got it working alright, and I’d like to share that cuz there were many “catches” you may want to avoid. I’m sure this lil “WatchOut!” will be helpful to Slackware and Gentoo users, about the rest, I don’t know.

I did this on Slackware 11, vanilla kernel 2.6.20 on Toshiba Satellite with suspend2. First to note that you really cant have a question, unless you patched your kernel before you install hibernate script. So you’ll first download the patch script, and when watch out when getting it, an try to make some sense, in a sense, that you don’t get a patch 2.6.17 and you’re on 2.6.20, there’s just a little note :)

I went for stable 2.2.9, for 2.6.20, patched my kernel, you’ll do this by:

bzcat /path/to/patch/ | patch –p1

You’ll find it under ACPI, APM in your kernel configuration and I suggest you compile it (*). In your configuration just make sure your “Default resume device name” is not your root partition or anything, but your swap partition.

Suspend2 kernel configuration

Next step is to install your hibernate script (read README if necessary). And if was time for my first hibernate. Just a note that, some of the files were not installed correctly over here, so I had to manually copy them to /etc/hibernate, files like common.conf, hibernate.conf o_O

Ouch! First hibernation, woke the bastard up, no sound, but screw sound, my system was uber slow! Incredibly slow, you’d actually wait for a click to perform, with a lot of disk activity.

#ImageSizeLimit 0

If you take a closer look into your “/etc/hibernate/suspend.conf” you’ll see “#ImageSizeLimit 200” which I put to “#ImageSizeLimit 0” suspended it again, woke it up, hey no more slow downs! However, there was no sound. I let it go for that day and went to sleep. When I was ready to go to sleep, I put my machine to sleep too, to see how it behaves in the morning. After waking it up, I was not happy. System slow down, I asked myself what could it be, and this and that. I first thought it could be my swap, which is set to 1GB, and my physical size is 1GB too, so theoretically it should be 2GB of swap, but I thought it wouldn’t that much, besides that other “physical” 1GB.

However, I did not forget my sound problem. First thought was that my modules wouldn’t load, but then it hit me, how could they load, when they wouldn’t unload in the first place. Would manual “rmmod” help? Yes. But wasn’t that a bit … losing the point of whole hibernation thing, annoying? Unloading all those sound modules before you hibernate, in order to have sound after hibernation? So lsmod-ed, to see what sound modules is my system using at the moment, and I put them all into “/etc/hibernate/blacklisted-modules“, you can see them under “#moja lista


And yes, before I forget, my sound card is a Intel High Definition, which is a real bitch most of the times, with various things.

Hibernate, it wouldnt hibernate, “hibernate -f” would help, but it would force modules to “unload” too. So next time I was actually watching what’s keeping my sound card modules “busy”, it was “kmix” and “amarok”, but after turning those too, it would be artsd, which would turn itself off, after awhile (5-20secs tops).

So what you do? I turned off both amarok and kmix, waited for few secs, “hibernate“. If the script reported that any of modules from the blacklist wouldnt load, you would wait few more secs til it shuts down and that’s it.

So yea, there it goes, no need to force hibernate anymore, and everything would go well. That was a way to get your sound working after hibernation.

Anyhow, after I put it to hibernate over through whole night, it would wake up, and be incredibly slow, just like before setting ImageSizeLimit … crap. I let it sleep through another night or two, and then nothing else was left, but to try the latest “development patch”.

So I did the same thing, normal way of patching wouldn’t work, so I just patched in a way it wouldn’t ask too many questions, that is: “bzcat /path/to/patch/ | patch – p1 -N” but there was a problem to that one. Now, I had two suspend2 in my kernel ACPI, APM, and after configuring the new suspend2, kernel wouldn’t compile.

Blah, so I removed both patches, by “bzcat /path/to/patch/ | patch –p1 -N -R“, and patched my kernel only with the latest development patch for 2.6.20. I’m leaving it it to hibernate two whole nights in a row, and it wakes up perfectly.

So there you go, in a case you get a need for hibernation, Slackware and Gentoo users enjoy :) You can also configure the looks til it hibernates and all that, but I much more preffer the console look. Seriously :)


Waking up