Finally heeded the call of the semi-conductor (can you hear it? It’s outside your window right now, calling “Buy new stuff … you know you need it … you know you need new shiny electronics … you don’t need a savings account–you need new electronics.”) Ahem.
Ended up putting two 200-gig RAID 1-configured hard drives in Monolith, my main workstation, and upgraded the Casa Core Dump network to gigabit speeds. The RAID install went without a hitch, and then much hilarity ensued when it was time to get the newly-acquired Belkin F5D5005 to talk correctly to Temeryx, my old faithful G4/450. Plop in card, install driver, reboot, get 100 megabit speed. Dammit. Force card to use gigabit instead of autoselect–link goes dead without so much as a by-your-leave. Reinstall driver. Nope. Link goes dead as soon as the card is forced into gigabit.
Finally decided to try a different cable. Yup. Link goes to gigabit. Damn cheap CAT5-cables. Moved not-quite-evil-enough cable to its new position between base station and switch, where it can sit and poke along at 10 megabit without blowing a gasket.
And now for the piece de resistance–getting Ubuntu to talk to the second F5D5005 card. That took some deeper nerdery, so the how-to will end up on Tech Goes Boom. It did work, though, which was a bit of a relief, as the only reason I had for purchasing the Belkin cards instead of one from a competitor was that they were enlightened enough to put support for Linux, Mac OS X, and NetWare on the box.
Kind of a good idea if you’re selling a card that has drivers for the anything-but-Microsoft set to actually list that fact on the box.
So the RAID volume is mirroring away, the network is humming along at ridiculous speeds, and another Sunday is gone.
Posted Tuesday, 02 November, 2004 by Nic Lindh