Jun 27, 2012

Apple's App Store: ipod touch first generation not welcome any more...

This week i wanted to get a new app for my really old ipod touch (first generation). Yes, many apps do require iOS 4 or higher, but some run still on iOS 3. So i chose one and got:

This looks good. So let's tap on GRATIS:

Hmmm... Does not really look like expected. But let's try to choose this broken button:

This is really blue... - Nothings happens. No download starts.
No more new apps for this old device.
So Apple want me to buy a new one or should i upgrade to an iphone? Or just use my old ipod with my old apps? Or does anybody know how to get around this problem?

Jun 23, 2012

ndiswrapper broken after upgrading to ubuntu 12.04: FATAL module ndiswrapper not found

After upgrading from 10.04 to 12.04 via shell (# do-release-upgrade) everything went well, except the network access...
(Networking was not integrated on my old sony z600, so i had to use an USB WLAN stick via ndiswrapper).

So what is wrong?
First i tried
sudo ndiswrapper -l
and this look quite good. Driver and hardware present.
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found
Ok, with version 12.04 a new kernel is shipped (3.?) and this does not recognize the ndiswrapper.ko kernel module.
After running
sudo depmod -a
still the same problem...
But then i did
sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-dkms
Now everything went well:
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper && sudo ndiswrapper -ma
and the network was up again and after a reboot it was still working....

Jun 20, 2012

Installing Ubuntu on a Sony Z600 (no internal CD-Rom and no USB boot available)

At weekend i tried to install Ubuntu on my 11 year old notebook. A Sony Z600? It was some kind of ultrabook 11 years ago:
  • Pentium M (no wireless chipset onboard ;-)
  • Display: 1024x768
  • 384 MB RAM
  • 40 GB HDD
  • ATI Radeon Mobility (8MB)
  • 1.7 kg
  • max. power consumption 19.5V x 3.0A < 60W
  • 2 x USB, 1 x Firewire
  • Jogdial
  • external CD-Rom over PCMCIA
  • shipped with Windows 2000

There is no information from sony on the web available.

Some years ago i already installed Debian on this laptop. There are many guides out there (like this or this). But writing a floppy disk is not really option. So let's try using the CD...

But there was the first suprise:

Ubuntu 12.04 does not install on Pentium M (missing PAE feature -> link or link). So let's step back to 10.04 and the boot option ide2=0x180,0x386.

But this does not work... After booting the installation kernel from CD the kernel does not recognize the CD-Rom drive anymore. Booting via USB-CD-Rom-drive is not possible, because the notebook is far to old to boot via USB...

But then i found the magic boot option:


After adding this, the kernel boots from CD-Rom and after that it asks for the boot medium attached to one of the USB ports via USB-CD-Rom! Really nice option but installing Ubuntu 10.04 over USB version 1.1 is not really fast ;-)

Jun 14, 2012

German Internet Speed Check: "Der Breitband-Test"

Because of some regulations (look here) and because of too many broadband access providers selling bandwidths they cannot provide, there is a investigation started by the Bundesnetzagentur. Every customer can start a test and at the end of the year the result will be published.
So if you think your bandwidth is lower than it should (and you live in Germany), try this test and provide some data...

Jun 7, 2012

Building a processor list for "Windows 8 unsupported processors (0x0000005D)"

After my postings about installing Windows 8 and getting stuck with 0x0000005D (posting 1, posting 2), i tried to create a list with processors which are not accepted from Windows 8 with 0x0000005D:
  • Virtualbox: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU       T4200  @ 2.00GHz
  • Virtualbox: Intel Core2 Duo E6750
  • Pentium 4 2.6 GHz (referenced here)
  • Pentium 4-M
  • Pentium Dual core 2.8 GHz

On this blog the following processor feature are stated as necessary:

  • mmx
  • sse
  • nx
  • pae
  • vt-x / amd-v (<- if you want to run Windows 8 inside Virtualbox)
    This has to activated like shown here (picture from http://www.borncity.com/blog)

If you have the same error, please post a comment with your processor type, so the list can be filled...


Jun 5, 2012

Microsoft Windows 8: 0x0000005D - i am not alone...

Two days ago i wrote about installing windows 8 and about hitting the error 0x0000005D. Yesterday more than 400 people visited this posting. All with querying google with keywords like:
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There are many folks out there, which are trying to install windows 8 and getting stuck with "unsupported processor". This is only little comfort for me, but as the headline says: i am not alone

Jun 3, 2012

Virtualbox: Windows 8 and the error 0x000005D

I tried to install Windows 8 (Preview Release) inside Virtualbox 4.1.16. Everything went well .... at the beginning:
and then:
After pressing start i got:
Wow, this was easy. But then i got:
"Your PC needs to be repaired
This operating system uses the Physical Address Extension feature to support systems with more than 4 GB of RAM. You'll need to use a PC with a compatible processor to run the operating system"
OK. After checking the processor settings i found:

No PAE enabled. This corresponds to the error message. But after enabling PAE/NX:

Error Code: 0x0000005D
Some hints talk about NX or SSE2. But NX is enabled (together with PAE) and SSE2 is supported by nearly every processor.
But there are many posts out there with the same problem: answers.microsoft.com
In my opinion there is one processor check implemented by microsoft, which is to strict...
I searched for a list of supported processors for windows 8, but i found nothing.

Any comments?

You can find a list of unsupported processors here (look at the comments..).