Accessing your Reiserfs, XFS, lvm, dm-raid, … partitions under Windows

Categories: Linux, Software, Windows
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From time to time I also boot Windows which is still installed on a partition on my desktop. The Microsoft operating system does not have support for any Filesystems that are nowadays mainstream on Linux. I know you can access Ext2/3 with ext2 installable file system for windows but that does not help to access my XFS homedirectory on my desktop. As a workaround I was thinking to try and mount them with VMware running linux but since this did not seem to work a friend gave me the tip to try coLinux and this seems to be pretty easy:

  • install coLinux (see the wiki and docu) and make sure it can access the network
  • add in the config file for colinux a line:
  • cobd2=”\Device\Harddiskx\Partitionx”
    with x the harddisk number and y the partition number (both start from 0, just count the partitions, needs some experimentation perhaps …)

  • under the linux image you can just mount it by
  • mount -t xfs /dev/cobd2 /mnt/mountpoint
    and after that add it to your fstab file.

  • share /mnt/mountpoint using samba (see plenty of howto’s if you don’t know how to do this)
  • Now you can access your linux partitions through the colinux samba share


SD card photo recovery

Categories: Linux, Software, Windows
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Today there was a small crisis at home. My parents and sister came back from a week vacation and when they tried to copy the pictures from the trip on the -Windows- pc, all of the sudden they got read errors from the cardreader. Afterwards when looking at the SD card with another windows pc and the camera itself it was only possible to see 45 pictures on the card (While the total amount should be around 180). I put the cardreader in my linux pc and there I could see 155 pictures, already better than 45 but still no 180 (You could even see it in the numbering, there was a gap between 45 -coincidential or not the amount I could see on Windows- and 79, so still ~30 missing). So I went searching for recovery tools and found a nice (cross-platform!) tool called photorec, a tool included with testdisk which is free data recovery software, open source and gpl’ed. (On Ubuntu: ‘apt-get install testdisk’, this includes photorec) With this tool I was able to recover 145 pictures from the card (not all pictures, but the missing pictures between 45 and 79 were there, so in the end I got all pictures from the card). Now only to figure out what caused this weird behavior, the card itself or the “cheap” cardreader …


Unreal Tournament runs too fast

Categories: Games, Windows
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Recently I bought me a brand new pc: an Intel core 2 duo with a Nvidia Geforce 6600GT (I know old graphics card, but I want to test running Mac OS X on it in the near future). When I installed Unreal Tournament (the classic) on it however the game was way too fast, it looked like it skipped frames and it was unplayable. I tried several suggestions like turning off frequency scaling (which is usually the fix on laptops), special patches to run on only 1 core in stead of both, setting vsync, decreasing the max framerate etc. Nothing seemed to help. In the end I found a solution which worked for me: I installed the omega drivers and now the game runs just like before 🙂


Thunderbird and Google Calendar

Categories: Linux, Software, Windows, www
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I love the idea of having a calendar online to be able to check it from anywhere, but I also like to have a local tool to add and edit my appointments. Since I don’t like outlook a lot (it does not run on my favorite OS) I was looking for an alternative. Now there is a calendar plugin for Thunderbird called “Lightning”, on its own already quiet good, but since Thunderbird 2.0 came out it works with a new plugin called “provider for Google Calendar”, this one makes it possible to import and use your google calendar directly with Lightning. Only a minor downside is that your local Thunderbird does not cache the calendar data from Google Calendar, so if you disconnect your laptop from the internet, you will not see the Google Calendar appointments. An explanation on how to do it you can find here