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Hi everyone!

I’ve been away from here for a few time. You might have noticed a few times server was down without any news!

Well… Few things happened! One of the times we were reassembling the server in its rack. It took us the whole day!

Another time was a crazy switch that screwed the network. Few days later the trainee did a factory reset in the router, as he was supposed to do that in the wireless router not “in the router”.

But the biggest issue I’m facing now is the server’s NIC. If you read earlier posts, you already know that it’s a nVidia NIC. I had one in one gamer PC I had years ago… No problem at all!

Problem is on Linux driver. Firstly you need some parameters to start up the NIC properly and I was thinking this was the only issue.

Turns out that there’s another bigger issue in this driver. After a link down, network is not coming back again. If you unplug and plug the network cable it won’t go back. You need to manually restart your network (or the whole server, if you’re the trainee without root’s password). Weirdly the leds in the switch and NIC are blinking, but in syslog you can only see “link down” and never a link up.

I was digging Google for some clues, but I couldn’t find anything related and I was pretty surprised for a while. Later it came to my mind that probably 99.9% of this NICs are running on desktops. It means they start up the computer in the morning and shutdown in the same day. They don’t probably won’t be up and running during a switch failure or some disconnect. Even if they are, it’s not a big deal to reboot the system.

Probably I could dig more for a solution, but lately I’m so busy with my job that I’m barely having time to call my friend and tell him everything is down. Luckily it’s stable for past few weeks.

And most important is: does it worth? I mean… The cheapest NIC will do the job and it takes like 5 minutes to fit it in the slot.

That’s the plan for the future! I have no clue when it’s happening, since I’m traveling week after week and the most optimistic forecast is that I’ll be free in 2 months maybe.

Another plan is to move blog and forum to domain. But let’s see!


Aaaand it’s back!


The power maintenance took almost exactly what they promised.

Exception is that the server decided not to wake up this time. To make things even better, today is holiday here, so there was no one in the office to check what’s going on.

I asked my friend to go there and only now he was able to do so.. But it’s back!

Later on I’ll go back to work in the migration!


Kakao might go down today!


Just got the news that the building where server is hosted will have an electric maintenance for the whole day. From 9:00 to 18:30 GMT-3.

It should be down already… Maybe the no-breaks are running yet. Or maybe it won’t go down.

Migration isn’t finished yet, and with this news won’t finish today. Especially because I decided to go to the track practice in my go-kart.

Talk to you later! 🙂

New server is (almost) ready!


I finally got some money and bought a brand new equipment.

Firstly I bought a MB that supports DDR3 and the old Core2Duo, but I couldn’t find any 4GB cards with 16 chips on it, then I returned.

So… I bought an ASRock N68-XXX-XXX (I don’t really remember the model) with a AMD FX-4300 on it plus 8GB DDR3-1600. I know it’s not the best it could be, but it’ll handle the database and webserver nicely.

Actually I bought it last week, but it took me couple of hours to make nVidia’s NIC to work on Linux (I’ll post later how I did it). Also I did few benchmarks in a few HDD’s I have. Finally when I choose the HDD’s and installed the OS, somehow it was pretty slow in Linux software RAID, what makes me move to MB RAID. Yeah.. I know it’s “fake RAID”, but I don’t care as long as it does what I need.

Right now I’m moving the backup from old to new server. This might take a while since old server has a 100mbps NIC. While doing this I’ll configure the rest.

Idea is that until the end of the day it’ll be moved totally. If you notice the website is down, probably is being migrated.

Came back later with news!


News on the server


I finally find out a new motherboard to replace the one in the server. As soon as it arrives I’ll replace it.

Unlike the current one, this one runs with DDR3 memory and SATA 3. CPU will remain the same Core2Duo E8400. But now with faster memory and faster access to HDD (that I might replace for a SSD, if money allow me).

This means faster update time and probably faster loading of pages. Now it’s taking from 15 to 20 minutes depending on web traffic. Also I’ll put a 2TB HDD for backups.

My friend (from the office server is now) also gave me a bigger case for it. Now it’ll get cooler (currently running on 60 to 90°C) and probably even faster.

Keep you posted.


“That day has arrived?”

Quoting my wife’s words this morning when she saw me with the server in my hands…..

Yes! The server is laying in my friend’s office from now on.

I might haven’t wrote here yet, but unfortunately I couldn’t receive the Dell PowerEgde that PS3EdOlkkola donated to me.

This is due to stupid brazilian custom’s law! Turns out it’s impossible to import a refurbished (or used) equipment to Brazil. Why? God knows why! Even that he (or even I’d do so) agreed to pay all the needed taxes… Crappy laws we have down here………………

Well.. After that my plan became to buy some new hardware in my trip to Canada, that happened in the last 3 weeks. I started saving some money to buy PSU, CPU, motherboard, memory and 2 SSDs.

Problem is that sometimes the world seems to turn in the other direction for you. 2017 is being a hard year for me! Not only I’m paying huge bills because my company bankrupted, but also my wife was kidnapped and our car was stolen together with laptop, cell phone and everything inside the car.

She’s alive and well, but the car did not haven’t insurance (it’d cost half car per year). So I’m paying the debt for a car I don’t have anymore and needed to buy another one. Or two in the case, since we bought a good one and a really cheap one.

That’s where all the money I was saving had to be used.

What’s the actual status?

Server is still a Core2Duo E8400 with 4GB of RAM (if you know where to buy 4GB DDR2 cards that works in a Gigabyte motherboard, let me know) and two old 160GB SATA HDDs in RAID 0.

Yes, it’s dangerous! But that’s what we got for now! I’m configuring an old laptop I have with a 2TB HDD to sync scripts and backups daily at least.

If something burn, then we figure it out! That’s how we live down here! 🙂



Kakao went down!

Hi everyone!

You might have noticed that Kakao is down. This is because power went down in my home and server is not running over UPS.

If I remember correct, I configured the server MB to power up automatically. If this is not true we’ll need to wait until my wife go back home, since I’m traveling in a customer.

According to my monitoring power went down during an update. Let’s hope that database is still ok. Also the hardware… You might remember that it’s running in an old hardware.

I’ll keep you posted.


Low memory

Hi all,

I woke up this morning with a message in the forum from Arto saying that his news users wasn’t showing anywhere.

After digging for a while I could find out that actual server has not enough memory to import the files. This now explains me why laptop is taking 30 minutes to import them and server only 5 minutes. True is that it was only importing data for already existing users and when doing calculations that include create new users interface ran out of memory and crashed.

First thing to fix was set the webservice to use laptop database instead. Then I was planning to out and buy more memory. If you read earlier posts you might remember that current server is a Core2 Duo E8400, this means memory DDR2. And this fuckers are hard to find, especially in 4GB pieces.

I could not find in any local store, so I created a swap file to add more swap memory. This fixed temporarily, but increased quite a lot importation time.

So I went to internet and bought 2x 4GB DDR2-800. Quite expensive for its age, but that’s what we have now. Till now customs have not released the server Mr. Ed donated, but this is another story!