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Antec ISK 110 A88x FM2 mini-ITX build

May 2, 2014 9:45 am

The desktop I had was six years old so it was time to upgrade, I wanted something small and low power but has a decent inbuild graphics that can drive a 2560×1440 monitor over DVI-D. So, I decided on getting a ITX system with the AMD FM2 APU, was waiting for the A8 7600 to come out but that wasn’t out as early as expected, so went for A8 6500 instead.

Case: Antec ISK 110 Mini ITX
Mobo: Asrock FM2A88X-ITX+ @ NB 1.10V
APU: A8 6500 @ 1.125V
HS(F): Prolimatech samuel 17
Fan: Raijintek Aeolus Alpha 140mm
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 1866mhz 2x4GB @ 1.480V
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB

Antec ISK 110 A88x ITX build

Build went well except the heatsink samuel 17 is a few millimeters too long and the ISK 110 can’t close. So I had to trim part of it off to get it to fit in the case.

Running at stock frequency with slight undervolting, temperature of system and APU idle at around 30°C.

More photos in the gallery.

Final Year Project – Windows!

June 15, 2007 10:20 pm

Looks like I can’t run away from Windows. Just handed in the Final Report for the Final year project yesterday and now thinking about the presentation on the coming Monday. So I need to do some demostration of the program which I developed and it requires

The problem is that Quartus II Web Edition is only free for Windows but not Linux, so after thinking about it for a long time I decided to install Windows again. The process isn’t that straight forward but found some very useful tools. I only had a 40GB hard drives with only 8GB free, so I used that for Windows but after the installation I find out I don’t have enough space to install all the program that I need to install. So I asked Terry to let me his 120GB 7200rpm hard drives, that solved the space problem but I didn’t want to reinstall everything and so I find a software for migrating hard drives called:

It’s a great program I have to say and it comes with 15 days trail! Everything works great and it handles both Linux and Windows partition without any problem. It also allows manually adjusting the size of the new partitions. After the migration, everything works, quite a surprise to me actually as I can still remember last time when I try to clone a hard drive.

It has been quite a while since I have Windows on my laptop (Tecra S1) now, just for fun I tried the Vista Transformation Pack by WindowsX. That also works without any problem, quite a interesting program, but mainly it just brings a nicer interface to XP. But be warn, there are always risks with this kind of program. Anyway, I’m quite happy with the migration especially thanks to Acronis for the excellent tool and Terry for letting me his hard drive. Linux will still be the main OS that I will be using and I don’t think I need a new computer any time soon :).

Blank screen after upgrade to Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty

April 22, 2007 10:38 am

Managed to solve the problem with getting a blank screen while loading gdm after upgrading a desktop from 6.10 Edgy to 7.04 Fesity Fawn. The desktop has a ATI 9600 graphics card and works fine on 6.10 Edgy, however after the upgrade to 7.04, it starts having this problem. I knew it’s something wrong with the Xorg like many others, after trying a few changes in the xorg.conf without success, I ran the autoconfig for Xorg and that fix the problem, the command is:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

What that basically did for me to finding the HorizSync and VertRefresh, most importantly it changes the driver from “ati” to “vesa“! Initially I thought the problem was just that it doesn’t have a correct sync value, however when I changed the driver back to ati it gave me a blank screen again. So will have to use the vesa driver for a while until the problem with Xorg is fixed. Anyway, after configuring your xorg.conf or ran the command above, restart gdm by:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart

everything should be running :).

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Released

April 19, 2007 7:31 pm

The new Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn is released today! I’m very impressed by Ubuntu for having a new release every 6 months. I have been using the beta version for a while so I can’t test the upgrade function, which I had problem with before when I upgraded 6.10 to 7.04 beta but that problem should be solved with this final release. Although I can’t try it on mine, I will try it on other laptops later when I get a chance.

My experience with 7.04 has been good and the new feature of supporting music sharing should quite attractive to many people. If you are interested in finding out more about my experience with Feisty or Ubuntu in general, these are some of my previous posts:

— Update 20/04/07 —

Just downloaded a CD for upgrade, ran it on a desktop (AMD) with Ubuntu 6.10 installed. Everything ran smoothly until the restart, it loads up to the point where it try to initiate Xorg but it returns a blank screen. Still not sure where the problem lays, will work it out when I have time…

— Update 22/04/07 —

Managed to solve the problem with getting a blank screen while loading gdm, view this post for details.

Installing Ubuntu on Toshiba Tecra S1

April 18, 2007 2:16 am

System info of Toshiba Tecra S1:

  • BIOS: Version 2.50
  • system-version:PT831T-11Q4L
  • Ubuntu Version – Currently using Feisty 7.04, previously worked on 6.10 Edgy and 6.04 as well
  • Kernel – currently using 2.6.20-15-generic, had problem with 2.6.20-14 but 2.6.20-13 works

Hardware Components

Status

Notes

Pentium M 1.5GHz Works No special procedure
15″ XGA TFT Screen Works Default settings works
External VGA – 19″ Xerox XA7 Works See this post for xorg settings
ATI Radeon 9000 Mobility Works Read this post for 3D support
1280MB RAM (1.2G DDR-266) Works No special procedure
40GB HDD 5400 RPM Works No special procedure
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive Works No special procedure
WLAN (Intel PRO/Wireless 802.11B) Works No special procedure
LAN Works No special procedure
56k Modem Untested No special procedure
SD Card reader Untested No special procedure
Lithium-Ion Battery Works No special procedure
Sound Card Works No special procedure
SD Card reader Works No special procedure
USB 2 Works Plug and Play works for external harddisks including k800i

Basic Installation of Ubuntu:

  • Very simple to install with graphics interface, can test if everything works first before installation with the live CD.
  • Ubuntu is a free distribution, can download from the Official Website
  • A very useful online guide (wiki) for Ubuntu
  • Post-Install modifications/tweaks – there are many tutorials online, here is one that I wrote for my laptop

Setting up additional features for Ubuntu

Unresolved issues

  • Couldn’t get Direct 3D to work on external monitor at 1280×1024 resolution, therefore Beryl can only work on 1024×768.

Configuration Files

  • Sources.list – /etc/apt/sources.list – follow this guide to add extra repositories
  • Menu.lst – /boot/grub/menu.lst – Startup menu for choosing which OS to enter
  • Xorg.conf – /etc/X11/xorg.conf – Some changes to get 1280×1024 resolution to work on 19″ Xerox XA7

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Xerox XA7”
Option “DPMS”
HorizSync 31-82
VertRefresh 60-75
EndSection

Some useful commands

  • sudo – wherever you want admin access
  • sudo aptitude search <application name> – search for a application that you can download and install
  • sudo aptitude install <application name> – download and install a application
  • sudo gedit <file name> – use gedit to edit a file, can use sudo nano <file> in recovery mode
  • sudo fdisk -l – list all the hard disks available
  • ifconfig – same as ipconfig in windows
  • ctrl + z – stop a running command in terminal
  • ctrl + alt + backspace – restart Xorg
  • mount myiso.iso /mnt/iso/ -o loop – mount an iso image

Some Applications that I found useful – not installed by default

  • Tomboy Notes
  • Gnumeric

Contact Information

Links

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty on Toshiba Tecra S1

March 30, 2007 6:22 pm

The Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn beta came out a few days ago, after finding out about it I have decided to try it out. It’s quite risky has it’s still beta version, but want to try it out and help testing it. The first version of Ubuntu that I tried out was 6.04 Dapper, then I upgraded it to 6.10 Edgy and now to Feisty, will post again after the upgrade if it still works :D.

— Update 30/03/07–

It’s getting quite late now, the upgrade seems to run fine until I restart the computer. It has problem booting into Linux giving me an kernel panic error, seems I’m not the only having the problem! At the moment, using Ubuntu 6.10 live CD to see if I can fix it, backing everything up. In the worse case, will wait until the final version come out and install the new one instead :(.

— Update 31/03/07 —

Finally got Ubuntu 7.04 beta working, at the end I had to format my comp and do a new installation. As I had to format some of the partitions anyway I thought about installing DesktopBSD and PC-BSD but couldn’t get either of them working. The new 7.04 is good with some new features, still testing it out and a lot of updates and installations to do. In a way it’s that the upgrade didn’t work so I had to clean up my computer! Let’s see how it goes…

– Update 02/04/07 –

Fixed the problem with high cpu (100%) usage and slower response with ubuntu 7.04 compare to 6.10. Installed the xorg 7.2 and the problem seems to be solved, everything is running smoothly and as fast as before :) . To do this:

Add the following to your sources.list (i.e. sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list)

deb http://users.tkk.fi/~tjaalton/xorg72 feisty xorg-test

Update your apt database

sudo apt-get update

Run the upgrade

sudo apt-get upgrade

If you have EXA enable, you might want to change it to XAA first. Other than that, restart session by Ctrl+Alt+Backspace and everything should be a lot faster!

– Update 03/04/07 –

Ubuntu 7.04 detect k800i without the need of installing extra drivers. Today I just wanted to get some photos from the k800i, since I just got the new ubuntu I thought I would just plug it in and see if it can be detected. Surprisingly, it works, it detected the phone and allow me to transfer files. Thanks to the development team for such a great OS!

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