Years ago I went into cheapskate mode and bought a 500GB white label hard drive. Its model number was WL500GSA1672 or maybe WL500GBS, I'm not really sure. I've read that this was a debranded Western Digital, but theres no easy way to know for sure.
The drive was used as a primary drive in a Linux server, then later used in a different server as part of a RAID1 mirroring setup. It worked flawlessly for years. Finally, it did die, and quite gloriously.
Having trouble getting audio working on your HDMI monitor? Using a DVI converter cable and an audio jack?
Some monitors will not output sound from the RCA or other audio source if the video is coming in with a HDMI/DVI conversion going on. If you are using a HDMI to DVI converter cable, you may have noticed that DVI can not carry audio.
The good news: nVidia finally released their much awaited 173.14.09 video driver for linux. This officially supports the 2.6.25 kernel and supports the newest line of GeForce graphics cards.
The bad news: When you install the driver your HDMI/DVI digital flatpanel display looks horrible; the text looks jagged or blurred or oversharpened. There are halos and ringing anywhere there is contrast. The colors looked washed out and over bright. However, when you use the D-SUB (VGA) plug, everything works fine.
What is going on?
Flash memory as a main storage medium is a relatively new phenomenon. Flash is known for its lack of seek time, so we wanted to see just how much bandwidth we could squeeze out of these devices over the USB bus.
It turns out that even with all of the limitations of the USB bus working against us we were still able to obtain some very good results at a very nice pricepoint.