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Lot of questions

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Sometimes I make backups on usb for updating Icaros (or sadly for a faulty hd). I was wondering... why we don't have an official way to backup the system? Something to make a sort of "snapshot" of everything on the hd. For doing this I have 2 ways:
1) With InstallAROS partition an usb stick with 2 or more partitions, then install grub and finally manually copy everything on usb stick. This is a bit boring and installing only grub doesn't install the arch directory. Can I copy the arch directory fom hd to usb or grub still relies on files at specific block on hd?
2) Boot as usual and with InstallAROS start to install everything on the usb stick as you should do when booting from cd/dvd. Everything will be copied on the usb stick as if it were started from cd/dvd. This is much handy, but it doesn't copy all the extra directories created by the user and doesn't copy the contents of the other partitions. Plus at end of installation starts the installer for unpacking the Icaros archives and at first boot from the usb stick it ask for configuration.
I think it would be usefull adding an option to InstallAROS to make backups of user directories and other partitions than dh1. Just as example on my system I have dh0, dh1, dh2, dh3. Is this feasible in some way? I'm not a coder, but I think it shouldn't be toot much work. Or not?

Months ago my hd died and I had just the time to backup the most important things on usb, and as the motherboard was faulty too, I reinstalled only Icaros. Now I have a better motherboard and I'd like to install Windows too. Can it be installed even if it's not in the first partition? Or does it need to be the first OS on the hd? And what about the hidden partition it needs to create? Can I install it on a separate hd? Maybe moving the Icaros' hd on a different channel? I do need to install grub again, isn't it?

Is there a way to change the device name of a cd/dvd drive? I mean without moving it on a different ide/sata channel.

Is there an easy way to make a bootable cd/dvd? Uhmm... I think I asked this some years ago, but maybe now something has changed, at least so I hope.

We now have SysMon, SysEplorer, AcpiTool and PCITool. Why not merge all these programs into a more complete one? All of them show some parts of the system, so why leave them separate? And do we still need Showconfig? It doesn't even start and what it does is done much better by the other utilities.

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Re: Motherboard update

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Tried to delete ahci.device but nothing changed. That's really strange. It works well with all other programs I tried. Only OWB has this strange behaviour. Just out of curiosity... does VICE usually slows down the system when launched? Here with a 3 ghz cpu I can see the menus building on the screen.

Posted on: 3/30 11:12
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Re: Motherboard update

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ncafferkey wrote:
I don't think it should matter that you didn't reinstall Icaros. If you've switched from ata.device to ahci.device (which would happen automatically), it might make a difference.


I don't understand what you do mean.

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You could try using PATA emulation in the BIOS


This is the default setting in the bios, and I didn't change that to avoid possible problems.

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or disabling ahci.device


Does this helps even if I'm using PATA emulation and lauch OWB from ram disk?

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(all assuming you're using a SATA HD).


Yes, this motherboard has only a sata controller. But I used sata hd (with pata emulation) on the old motherboard too, and I thought it wasn't relevant.

Posted on: 3/28 12:47
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Re: Motherboard update

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Can move the mouse pointer and change screen, but this is all I can do until OWB starts. Everything doesn't move, the clock (sys:utilities/clock) is freezed too and when OWB starts the time is updated. Sometimes is less than 10 seconds, sometimes more. I've not reinstalled Icaros after the motherboard update. Can this be a problem?

Posted on: 3/27 13:41
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Re: Motherboard update

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@jeffrey1138

device.audio is already installed and working. At least with my old Soundblaster. I launch OWB from ram too. But it freezes AROS for at least 10 seconds until it starts, once started everything is ok.

Check your laptop's battery. Maybe is enough to keep the cmos setting but not for keep the clock going.

@Kalamatee

Thanks for the info. Now I'm back to my old Soundblaster and now it seems to work as expected. Do you have any clue about why OWB freezes AROS? With the old motherboard never had this problem...

Posted on: 3/25 11:57
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Re: Motherboard update

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Hi,


Hi.

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1) You could try copying device from storage/ahi and storage/audiomode (something like that) to sys: respective directories.


Found hdaudio.audio 6026 into storage/ahi. Tried to replace the older 6.25 found on devs:ahi, but it seems to not work. Found also storage/hdaudio/hdaudio.config. This file is also into env-archive. What else should I look for?

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2) you can try rtl8169 afaik


THANKS!!! It works now. Still OWB waits few seconds to start. PCITool describes the ethernet chip compatible with 8168... why it works with 8169? ANd why AROS is freezed until OWB starts?

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3) have this issue with laptops - not really solved yet


Replaced the battery. The old one was 1.08 volts. Hope this solved the problem... I'll discover this tomorrow.

Posted on: 3/24 14:50
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Motherboard update

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Few days ago I swapped my old faulty Asus M2N-SLI with an HP IPIBL-LB (made by Asus). It has a Core Due Duo 3ghz, 2 gb ddr2 800mhz, Geforce 210 pci-e and Intel Pro 100 pci. This motherboard has an High Definition Audio chip onboard and PCITool tell me it has an onboard RTL8111/8168/8411. The board has only one pci slot, so the card I keept from the old motherboard was the ethernet one (I had a Soundblaster on the old motherboard). With this motherboard i have 3 issues and I don't know if this board is faulty or not.

1) Whatching videos on Facebook, suddently the audio chip stops working. Tried to play something with Mplayer that tell me the audio is not available. Sometimes this happens watching videos with Mplayer.

2) Trying to use the onboard ethernet freezes AROS suddently. The driver used is rtl8168.device. Is that the right driver to use? If I remember right, it's the same chip found in the Aspire One and the it works well. So now I'm using the intel Pro 100 and it works almost well... I say almost, because OWB now waits about 6 /10 seconds to start, and then it works well.

3) The clock is always many hours wrong... but this may be the rtc battery. I'll try to replace it soon.

So... it's a driver issue or a faulty motherboard? There is no Windows installed on this computer.

Posted on: 3/23 12:24
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Re: Converting PNG to IFF

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If IFF and ILBM are the same (I don't remember), maybe

Extras:Mediaeditors/Convierteme

should do the job. "lbm" is one of the supported save file format.

Posted on: 1/30 11:29
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Re: BIOS and "plug and play os"?

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beezle wrote:
The option simply defines whether the OS, or the bios assigns hardware.


I know this. I need to know which setting is better for AROS and what changes for other OSes. What would happen if I install Windows with one setting and change that after it was installed? AROS shouldn't care about this at install time, but which setting is better? Can AROS handle all the interrupt by itself?

Sorry, I can't explain better than this.

Posted on: 1/15 4:41
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BIOS and "plug and play os"?

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How should be set the voice "Plug and play OS" for better AROS compatibility?
Will AROS change his behaviour changing that value? And what will change for other OSes?

Posted on: 1/14 15:10
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