Tue Jul 12 05:27:22 BST 2011

Windows Vista installation woes

After a little searching online, I have discovered that a few other people also had trouble installing M$ Windows Vista onto a HD wiped by the install...

Several people were unable to get the HD to be properly usable afterwards, turns out the format program on the install DVD isn't very reliable as an fsck.ntfs shows:
livecd ~ # fsck.ntfs /dev/sda2
Boot sector: Bad NTFS magic.
Failed to startup volume: Invalid argument.
So, using a proper and reliable format, I wiped the drive (again)
mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda2
And after that Windows Vista didn't have any problems. Yay! -----

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Tue Jul 12 05:21:51 BST 2011

Java plugins in Gentoo

I was battling with Gentoo to add java plugin support in my internet browsers, turns out it was really simple (as per)

All you are required to do (indeed for loads of plugins) is to add the nsplugin keyword to your /etc/make.conf or add the keyword to the /etc/portage/package.use

To see what Java(s) you have installed, in a console, type:
java-config --list-available-vms
To check the java plugin, in a console, type:
# eselect java-nsplugin list

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