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Debian: luks cryptoroot and the change of boot device

November 3rd, 2009 No comments


some days ago I installed my incredibly cheap, powerful and nice new mainboard, CPU and RAM (AMD AthlonII X4 620, Biostar TA785G3, 4GB DDR3-1333 (7-7-7-20)).

Having used my old hardware for quite some time now (AMD Athlon XP 2500+ @ 2100, DFI AD77 Infinity) I decided to get new hardware. Basically the decision was not driven by the need for speed but rather by the nifty virtualization features current CPUs provide.

Checking the market revealed that for no obvious reason Intel decided against the users and all CPUs not costing the rough equivalent of a small car are out of scope. So I was with AMD, again. That’s a good thing because AMD thought that it is a good choice to have only 1 basic CPU layout and sell the partially broken chips with deactivated broken parts for less money under different names.

This means that next to every CPU they sell right now whether it is named Athlon X2, Athlon X3 or Phenom or even Sempron is in fact a complete Phenom II with deactivated parts. The parameters for deactivation are AMDs secrets…

So I bought a 4core CPU with a deactivated 3rd level Cache: AthlonII X4 620

I wanted to keep my old hard drives and the rest of the machine, at least for now.

So I thought I’d rip out the old stuff, tighten the screws of the new stuff boot up and be ready!

No… that was not the thing that was about to happen… After having everything put in the right place the machine tried to boot but was unable to find the right logical volume (lvm) because the new boards PATA/IDE device was now called /dev/hdc instead of /dev/hda!

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October 16th, 2009 2 comments

Hi there,

Today I’d like to tell you a little bit about people who gave the German word “beratungsresistent” a meaning.

Most of you have heard about those but the rest of you have already seen such specimen or even had the pleasure of dealing with a representative of that group.

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ISO9660… what you should have always known but never dared to ask… or is it a clone?

October 8th, 2009 3 comments

Hi guys,

this is my first post on

I have to say, this is nothing I do easily. I love my silence and keeping a low profile is helping a lot :)

But I have to admit today is somewhat special:

I nearly lost my temper when I copied a CD yesterday just to find out today that I merely tried to copy it…

The image is garbage. It is broken. FOOBAR. Just a bunch of useless binary data. At least this is what file tells me:

calimero:~# file /media/Buffalo_1TB/ISO/be2009.iso
/media/Buffalo_1TB/ISO/be2009.iso: data

But if it were just that… The burned image is… garbage.

And I don’t have a clue why, because there is no copy protection scheme used or something strange in the error log… Just a bunch of useless data.

So I have to get the stuff again. Marvelous.


Just reading from the error log from the attempt to write the CD, I found out that I missed to move the .toc file to the right location so it could accompany the image as well…What a mess. And I found out while writing this post.

I don’t have to add that it’s not working, do I?

Yours sincerely


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