installing linux mint 13 (mate) on a fit-pc3 – xserver no screens found

i set up my fit-pc3 and had some trouble getting my xserver working .. here is how it went …

i was pleased to see a page in the wiki from compuLab but IMHO there are some points missing:

boot from usb flash drive

i changed the boot order in the bios (which you can enter via pressing “F2” during boot) but the screen was nothing but black. turned out that pressing “F1” randomly right after powering the machine it was booting from the usb flash drive.

linux mint 13 fails to boot

i also had to select “start in compatibility mode” to successfully boot the livecd

resolving xserver error – no screens found

after the installation finished the xserver would not start. some sites mentioned to simply update linux so i ran (after commenting “medibuntu” out in /etc/apt/sources.list)

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude upgrade

accepted any modified file to the maintainer’s version and restarted .. but nothing changed. so i follow the instructions from compuLab and installed the ati catalyst drivers using:

sudo aptitude install fglrx-updates xvba-va-driver vainfo

and restarted .. but still the xserver failed to start …

i finally cam across a forum post where the following command was mentioned

sudo aticonfig --initial

rebooted and the xserver was back again …

microsoft data protection manager 2012 sp1 – installing the dpm agent without disabling the firewall

the problem

after setting up DPM 2012 SP1 I was only able to install the agent remotely on a server if I turned the firewall off … when the firewall was on and I tried to initiate the installation from the management console it started the installation with 1% and after a couple of minutes aborted.

I didn’t want to believe that the “solution” would be to turn the firewall off for the installation and thus searched and found that microsoft indeed suggests this ‘resolution’:

“Temporarily disable the Windows Firewall on the target computer when deploying the agent. Once the installation completes the Windows Firewall can be re-enabled.”

the re(al)-solution

I was not satisfied with this “solution” and checked again what processes where running when I initiate the remote installation .. as the KB-article mentions a “dpmac.exe” I was looking for a DPM process and found it …


looking at the properties I now had the location of the current DPM agent coordinator version …


so I added an exception to the firewall to allow this programme for inbound traffic .. deployed that via GPO and now am able to install the agent with no more hassle …

of course I will have to edit the rule once the version of the dpmac.exe changes as Microsoft seems to put each version in its own directory .. but that will be the least problem …

installing microsoft sql server 2008 r2 on windows 8/windows server 2012

when trying to install microsoft sql server 2008 r2 on windows 8 or windows server 2012 i was always prompted with the “program compatibility assistant” … which i knew for quite some time and which back then always told me “you can not install the software you are trying to install but you can click the button to get help online” …

installing microsoft sql server 2008 r2 on windows 8/windows server 2012

therefore without further reading i closed the window … searching for a solution i stumbled upon an article where someone from microsoft describes when this popup is shown and what help one would get if he clicked the “Get help online button” … at a first sight this seemed not much of a help … but looking at it again i then realized the second button “run the program without getting help” … which .. obviously .. is the answer …

installing microsoft sql server 2008 r2 on windows 8/windows server 2012


installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

[update] to install FEP 2010 you no longer need this compatibility setting! please take a look at this post: installing FEP 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8[/update]

when trying to install FEP 2010 client on windows 8 it results in an error saying that the OS is not compatible …

this post explains how you can run the installation in compatibility mode “Windows 7” …

to get FEP 2010 installed on windows 8 you must first run the client installation .. when running the setup you will shortly see that the installation files are extracted into a temporary folder … remember that folder!

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

when the error saying “the version of the OS is not supported” shows up don’t close that window just now!

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

navigate to the temporary folder and create a copy of it … the name of the copy is not relevant as it will be deleted after the installation …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

now you may close the installation window showing the error … open the copy of the temporary folder .. in my case “c:\3223ac3d3ab9e9b3851161 – Kopie\” .. and right-click “epplauncher.exe” and click on “settings” …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

in the settings go to the tab “compatibility” .. set the mode to “Windows 7” and close the settings window …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

if you now start the installation it will run just fine …

installing FEP client 2010 on windows 8 [update]

future will show whether this installations has any side effects …

[update] to install FEP 2010 you no longer this compatibility setting! take a look at this post

skype direct download link [windows]

i was just searching for a direct download link for skype for half an hour …

turns out they want you to register if you come with an ie before downloading the setup …

so you might wanna take firefox or another brother of choice to get a download without signing up …

or you can take the following link:

@microsoft: why .. oh why?!

Iphone Installation To Sync Music With Rhythmbox And Enable Tethering

i experienced an issue that the iphone won’t tether when i connect it the first time …
i have to plug it in ..
wait for it beeing mounted ..
remove the usb cable ..
and plug it in again …
that way tethering works …

installing the needed packages for sync and tether

to install iphone drivers you first have to add a new repository and update all by typing

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa
sudo aptitude update

then install the following packages

sudo aptitude install gvfs ipheth-dkms ipheth-utils libimobiledevice-dev libimobiledevice-utils

tethering with usb

connect the iphone with tethering enabled you will get a new device eth1

syncing music

to sync music i use rhythmbox

problem of dissappearing device

when i first started rhythmbox with the iphone connected it showed the iphone listed under “devices” for like 2 seconds and then it disappeared

to fix that do the following else continue to “preparing to sync”

  • close rhythmbox
  • open your home folder and show hidden folders/files by pressing “CTRL + H”
  • navigate to .gconf/apps/rhythmbox/state/ipod and delete the file “%gconf.xml”
  • start rhythmbox

preparing to sync

  • created a new playlist “iPhoneSync”
  • added all the music i want onto my iphone and then
  • rightclick the iphone-symbol in rhythmbox listed under “devices” and select “properties”
  • select the tab “sync” and the playlist i just created

close that window and you may now sync the iphone by right-clicking it and select “sync with library”

Installing Zend Server Ce

when trying to install zend server ce i got the following result:

sudo aptitude install zend-ce
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  apache2-mpm-prefork{a} apache2-utils{a} apache2.2-bin{a} apache2.2-common{a} libaio1{a}
  libapache2-mod-php5-zend-ce{a} libapr1{a} libaprutil1{a} libaprutil1-dbd-sqlite3{a}
  libaprutil1-ldap{a} libframework1-zend-ce{a} libicu36{a} libmcrypt4{a} libmhash2{a}
  liboci-zend{a} libpng3{a} libpq4{ab} libsqlite0{a} lighttpd-zend-ce{a}
  php-bcmath-zend-ce{a} php-bz2-zend-ce{a} php-calendar-zend-ce{a} php-ctype-zend-ce{a}
  php-curl-zend-ce{a} php-data-cache-zend-ce{a} php-debugger-zend-ce{a} php-dev-zend-ce{a}
  php-exif-zend-ce{a} php-fcgi-zend-ce{a} php-ftp-zend-ce{a} php-gd-zend-ce{a}
  php-gettext-zend-ce{a} php-imap-zend-ce{ab} php-intl-zend-ce{a} php-json-zend-ce{a}
  php-ldap-zend-ce{a} php-mbstring-zend-ce{a} php-mcrypt-zend-ce{a} php-mhash-zend-ce{a}
  php-mime-magic-zend-ce{a} php-mysql-zend-ce{ab} php-mysqli-zend-ce{ab}
  php-oci8-zend-ce{a} php-optimizer-plus-zend-ce{a} php-pdo-mysql-zend-ce{ab}
  php-pdo-oci-zend-ce{a} php-pdo-pgsql-zend-ce{a} php-pgsql-zend-ce{a} php-posix-zend-ce{a}
  php-soap-zend-ce{a} php-sockets-zend-ce{a} php-sqlite-zend-ce{a} php-tidy-zend-ce{a}
  php-tokenizer-zend-ce{a} php-xmlreader-zend-ce{a} php-xmlwriter-zend-ce{a}
  php-xsl-zend-ce{a} php-zem-zend-ce{a} php-zendutils-zend-ce{a} php-zip-zend-ce{a}
  php5-common-extensions-zend-ce{a} sqlite{a} zend-base-ce{a} zend-ce zend-ce-doc{a}
  zend-extensions-ce{a} zend-framework-ce{a} zend-gui-ce{a}
0 packages upgraded, 68 newly installed, 0 to remove and 9 not upgraded.
Need to get 55.1MB of archives. After unpacking 209MB will be used.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  php-pdo-mysql-zend-ce: Depends: libmysqlclient15off (>= 5.0.27-1) which is a virtual package.
  php-mysql-zend-ce: Depends: libmysqlclient15off (>= 5.0.27-1) which is a virtual package.
  libpq4: Depends: libkrb53 (>= 1.4.2) which is a virtual package.
  php-imap-zend-ce: Depends: libkrb53 (>= 1.4.2) which is a virtual package.
  php-mysqli-zend-ce: Depends: libmysqlclient15off (>= 5.0.27-1) which is a virtual package.
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

     Keep the following packages at their current version:
1)     libpq4 [Not Installed]
2)     php-imap-zend-ce [Not Installed]
3)     php-mysql-zend-ce [Not Installed]
4)     php-mysqli-zend-ce [Not Installed]
5)     php-pdo-mysql-zend-ce [Not Installed]
6)     php-pdo-pgsql-zend-ce [Not Installed]
7)     php-pgsql-zend-ce [Not Installed]
8)     php5-common-extensions-zend-ce [Not Installed]
9)     zend-ce [Not Installed]                            

Accept this solution? [Y/n/q/?] q
Abandoning all efforts to resolve these dependencies.

meaning that the packages libmysqlclient15off and libkrb53 where missing …
finding the solutions on the web ( and i had to do the following to make zend server ce install:

get the specific package and install libmysqlclient15off manually

sudo dpkg -i libmysqlclient15off_5.1.30really5.0.83-0ubuntu3_amd64.deb

install equivs for later usage

sudo aptitude install equivs

create a file named libkrb53_fake.txt and enter the following in the txt-file

Package: libkrb53
Version: 1.6.dfsg.2+fake1
Depends: libkrb5-3, libgssapi-krb5-2, libk5crypto3, libkrb5support0

then build the package with equivs and install it

sudo equivs-build libkrb53_fake.txt
sudo dpkg -i libkrb53_1.6.dfsg.2+fake1_all.deb

after that the zend server could be installed successfully

sudo aptitude install zend-c