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15Feb/133

XBMC Frodo for Legacy AMD Graphics Cards (pre 5xxx)

Apparently AMD/ATI graphics cards less than 5xxx series have been left behind in the latest drivers. This is a bit of a pain for me as I have a 24xx series in my media PC. I tried the stock XBMCbuntu 12 ISO for AMD, but this left me with a non-working system. Going back the XBMCbuntu 11 and then doing a manual package upgrade seems to work:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc-bin
sudo apt-get upgrade

This upgrades everything, but keeps the base ubuntu install - so we get to keep the video drivers.

25Sep/100

Useful Server Setup Tutorials

So I decided to take a leap and move VPS providers. Moving servers turns out to be hard work. Here is a list of useful stuff that I had to dig out again when setting up the new one -

As I find more of these I will update them as and when...

21Dec/090

Embedded Traffic Monitor

This is the initial release of the embedded traffic monitor which I implemented on an XMOS XC-3 development kit. It has a 256x32 VFD attached to it with a custom board that was designed from another application (hence the buttons/IR sensor you'll notice if you are observant). Full source code is available from the embedded traffic monitor sourceforge page.

More information and pictures after the break...