Posts Tagged ‘linux’

Cisco PacketTracer install Linux

January 22nd, 2015 3 comments

Installing 32bit Cisco Packet Tracer 6 on 64bit ubuntu 14 causes headaches.
Here’s how to get it running -read more for the steps I went through to work this out and don’t just run commands blindly without understanding them.

# possibly magic quickfix

dpkg --add-architecture i386

apt-get update
apt-get install libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libssl1.0.0:i386 libssl-dev:i386 libssl1.0.0 libssl-dev libx11-dev:i386 libxrender-dev:i386 libfreetype6-dev:i386 libfontconfig1-dev:i386 libglib2.0-dev:i386 libqtwebkit4:i386

At this point, if you try and launch /opt/pt/bin/PacketTracer6 directly you end up with missing ‘’ errors. Launch `/usr/local/bin/packettracer` and it works (as the script sources the libraries it ships with).

On the flipside, linux mint (matte) runs it first time with no faffing about :)

Continue reading for why and how we got to this point.

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Stepping up the game

August 13th, 2013 No comments

Wiresharking lo with a gui on a remote headless server:
(because when your ssl wrapped (stunnel) smtp auth fails, logs aren’t as good as bytes.)

ssh [email protected]
yum install xorg-x11-xauth dejavu-lgc-sans-fonts wireshark-gnome
ssh -X [email protected]

win -assuming you use linux on your desktop 😉

after the break, for windows:

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A quick thought about SSDs

April 28th, 2013 2 comments

my slow 160tb system disk. Slow but still SATA II

After the break some quick screenshots of HDD benchmarks. -Look at the speed on the SSD 😉

Also, can you believe Samsung 256GB SSD for under £60? Get me one of those :)

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Max Payne in 2013

April 28th, 2013 No comments

portrait, as cropped from my screenshot of the loading screen.

TLDR: Don’t bother with windows, use linux 😉

I’d already been talking about fond Max Payne memories last week, so when Steam did one of their ridiculous sales; Max Payne 1 and II for only $2.50, I had one of those dangerous spur of the moment impulse buys, forgot about affording bread & milk and dropped the cash.

When I bought it, my brother pointed out that ‘he had my old copy somewhere at home’ -‘and anyway, [I] could just download it easily’, but for some reason I had the impression that if Steam were going to sell it, they’d have at least made sure it was fully patched and ready for play. This would be easier all in, I thought. I’m feeling a bit bloody disappointed right now.

I download & install only to find it wouldn’t work on either of my Windows 7 boxs at all at all. The install would go through absolutely fine (a tiny 700MB) and then it’d refuse to start.

but my card always was!

Max Payne requires a DirectX 8 compatible display adapter. Please consult the troubleshooting readme in the installation folder

it scolds me, and refuses to do any more. And no amount of Compatibility Troubleshooting helps me get past this either. Some googling suggested that newer drivers were the problem (I’m rocking an nVidia GeForce 9600GT (and a 7300 in the old machine)) so spent a couple of hours trying out some old and new graphics drivers all to absolutely no avail. 4 hours later and I still couldn’t get this bloody game to launch.

3AM and hours into this I gave up in disgust, apologised again to my brother and restarted into my usual GNU/Linux home… and then remembered WINE -and Max certainly reports as working nicely, so here come full instructions after the break: Read more…

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Updating udev

April 23rd, 2009 No comments

After fudging with partitions, sometimes the computer will make me reboot before I get dev nodes.

There has to be a way of forcing udev to rescan the partition layout. I need to find out how.

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Gentoo/Layman/eix -update problems.

February 16th, 2009 2 comments

`eix` is possibly the most handy tool in the (gentoo) world. Rather than having to use `emerge -s` to search through portage (or any of your overlays), `eix` keeps a database of the contents and returns search results up to 100 times faster than using emerge.

Sadly, it seems that if you add an overlay to gentoo (for example `layman -a jokey`) and then run `eix-update`, it does not include the newly added overylay, even though it re-scans the default portage tree and any other overlays you might have installed. This, is very annoying!

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Pro/Desktop 8 and Wine

January 15th, 2009 2 comments

I’ve recently come across PTCs Pro Desktop 3D CAD software when reinstalling a laptop for a friend.
As I understand it, Pro/Desktop is the younger brother to Pro/ENGINEER, “a parametric, integrated 3D CAD1/CAM2/CAE3 solution” produced and distributed by PTC4.

And after playing with it, to try and make a vivarium, I decided I needed it to run on linux.

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Categories: Howto, Technology, WINE Tags: , , ,

vmware workstation (on linux)

December 5th, 2008 1 comment

Vmware’s Workstation (version is proving impossible to get running on my Gentoo-AMD64 box.

It seems to get installed without any bother, the kernel modules load fine, but then when I run workstation or player, it tells me it “Cannot initiate the installer DB” when trying to run it.

Currently going round in circles trying to get somewhere. -and I thought updating would be a good idea. 6.0 was really sweet.



Turns out, its actually quite simple. And it seems other gentoo users have been having problems((see gentoo bug ID 248813 and maybe this gentoo forums post))

The trick to getting it working, is very simple. Even if it did take me about a week of going round in circles to get anywhere. Delete (or atleast move) /etc/vmware. Then reinstall and you’re done.

However -Rather than downloading an illigal copy of vmware-workstation, or even worse paying for it, why not try VirtualBox as a direct replacement to workstation?

Its free, open source, and frankly, is preferable to vmware. Try it for a week, once you get past the fact its different, it becomes really quite sweet 😀

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Server Move

September 30th, 2008 No comments

You1 might have noticed the downtime with the server over the last couple of days.

We have been migrating to a new server over the last couple of days, and although it was supposed to be seamless, I fucked up royally.

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