Virtualbox XP guest crashing on Arch

My XP virtual worked fine under Debian for various R/C simulators.

I really hadn’t been playing with it since going to Arch but the virtuals were crashing (“Aborted”) whenever video drawing got complex. Hmmm.

I jacked with every setting that looked promising in VB, BIOS, etc.  Then I checked my video driver.  Ahhh….
Arch was using the Nouveau driver, the open source default driver for nVidia cards.  Arch was running everything so snappy I didn’t think about loading the nVidia drivers. I stuffed the legacy drivers for the GeForce 210 in there and virtualbox seems to be much happier.

sudo pacman -S nvidia-340xx

Karting in Caddo Mills

Denise and I spent a couple of hours at the Dallas Karting Complex today.

The temp was in the mid-90s at the time but the real heat came from the workout.  We did two 5-lap sessions and I was beat.  Those little carts can pull some Gs in the corners.

It took a while to trust the carts but about halfway though the second session I started to believe.  :-)  We’ve got 6 more sessions to go but we may wait for a cool front later on.

 

Squirelly power, battery backup

The power in my area blinks out frequently in wind/weather but the outages are usually just a few seconds.  I’d been threatening to get a minimal UPS but hadn’t done it yet.

Only one of my machines really matters much in this regard (main workstation) since I remote into it regularly from offsite.

I was at a thrift shop recently and found an APC Back-UPS CS 500 for $20.  They are about $100 new so I figured even if I had to buy a fresh battery I’d still be ahead.  Turns out it did need a fresh batt so I picked up this well-reviewed one for $17.49. Works great.

I yanked the plug on the APC and it merrily ran the PC.  I won’t have the monitor on the backup since I would be either 1) offsite; or 2) sitting in the dark when the UPS comes into play.

So that’s $37.49 instead of $100.  I like that discount.

700MB of manpage pre-processor?

 

Building Tor has failed since manpages cannot be built.

You need asciidoc installed to be able to build the manpages.
To build without manpages, use the –disable-asciidoc argument
when calling configure.

Fine, whatever.

sudo apt-get install asciidoc

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
dblatex docbook docbook-dsssl docbook-utils docbook-xml docbook-xsl fonts-droid ruby1.9.1-dev ruby-switch

perlsgml w3-recs tcl-tclreadline texlive-doc-en perl-tk purifyeps chktex latexmk dvipng xindy dvidvi fragmaster lacheck latexdiff psutils t1utils libfile-which-

Need to get 699 MB of archives.
After this operation, 1,121 MB of additional disk space will be used.

Uhhhhh, no.

./configure --disable-asciidoc argument

For 700MB of diskspace I am willing to google man pages.