[PROBLEM] Dead PC...

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[PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby Giovanni » Wed May 06, 2020 6:34 pm

It just happened, a normal reboot and now it does not go past the initial screen, it does not even enter the BIOS menu.

I am unable to complete the release of ChibiStudio for Linux and various other things until it is repaired... I don't have everything on this laptop.

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby alex31 » Thu May 07, 2020 11:27 am

hope you had backup :-(

I wish you good luck with the repair !

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby Giovanni » Thu May 07, 2020 1:12 pm

All ChibiOS related things are versioned so no problems. Some personal things are at risk if the SSD failed (and I don't think it failed).

Anyway, it is backup time for everything now :)

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby wurstnase » Thu May 07, 2020 10:11 pm

I can feel with you. My laptop just died also.
No booting, no bios. So bad. :(
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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby psavr » Fri May 08, 2020 8:23 am

I heard about a bad and nasty Virus is going around: Corona? :?

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby Giovanni » Sat May 09, 2020 2:01 pm

New power supply, new fans and it is back to work. Now backing up everything I could not stand losing my vintage photo collection of old Salerno....

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby alex31 » Sat May 09, 2020 10:35 pm

welcome back PC :-)

NAS are now inexpensive, i have bought an used 5 bay raid NAS for few bucks, and I use rsnapshot for my (and my wife) backups, it's rough, minimal, use unix intrinsics like crontabs and hardlinks.

if a disk begin to fail, the hotspare disk take the relay, the nas send me an email, internal NAS software rebuild the array and I change the faulty drive with a new one which become the new hot spare, all of that without operation interruption.

The price you have to pay, is that your 5 disks NAS has only the capacity of three disks.

But to everybody : do not ask yourself if your main disk will break, but when it will break, so backup everything :-)

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby Giovanni » Sun May 10, 2020 5:20 am

I need to buy one of those NAS too, it would be nice to have something running a Linux instance so I can use rsync and also have a subversion server at home.

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby steved » Sun May 10, 2020 9:21 am

You don't need performance for a backup server, so I stick a miniITX motherboard and a couple of drives in a small case - "headless" Linux and software RAID1 (so you're not reliant on how the motherboard manages the RAID if something breaks). Low power, so cheap to run. We get mains dropouts, so I choose motherboards which run off 12 or 24 volts, and hook them up to a battery backed supply.

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Re: [PROBLEM] Dead PC...

Postby alex31 » Sun May 10, 2020 12:04 pm

Giovanni wrote:I need to buy one of those NAS too, it would be nice to have something running a Linux instance so I can use rsync and also have a subversion server at home.

Giovanni



I have a synology DS1511+, it's gnu/linux based and you can add synology maintained package, svn is part of the free offer. You can even add third party package from the entware ecosystem. I don't know other brands like QNAP, but they are probably linux based too.

Before that, i had a dedicated pc to do the job, but NAS are more robust, they are built to last, hard disk and electronic are under temperature control, and it's very easy to maintain : there is nothing to do, NAS autoload update and apply them when there is no client connected.
When disk fault, there is nothing to dismount, they are in a bay that can be extracted without tools and without stopping the device.

And yes, they should be powered from an UPS, i have link my UPS and NAS with usb cable and the NAS immediately recognise the UPS and is programmed to shutdown properly when battery goes below 30%. You can do the same with a debian based dedicated PC, but you will have to fight a little bit with configuration files.


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