Tag Archives: Linux

How to copy .img files to floppy with DD

If you are into retro computing and need to copy one of the old floppy .img disks to a diskette then it can be done with dd for unix/linux or by using the windows port of dd

My son learning to code Power Basic for DOS and switching floppies 😉

In my case i had 2 computeres with a floppy drive, one was a Windows XP machine and the other was a much older DOS computer without USB or network and i need to test FreeDOS and MS DOS 6.2 but i only had files like disk1.img downloaded from the internet and blank 1.44 floppy disks.

In my first attempt i tried to use a Windows program called winimage but it was not able to run on the old Windows XP, maybe it needed a servicepack or somthing else, so the fastest way was to find a simpler and faster solution and dd came in to my rescue.

here is How to copy a disk.img to floppy with dd

Unix/Linux

dd if=disk1.img of=/dev/fd0

Windows (DOS or CMD Console)

dd if=disk1.img of=\\?\Device\Floppy0

It can be downloaded at http://www.chrysocome.net/download

OR from my server https://www.pvangsgaard.com/download/dd-windows/

Raspberry Pi | how to disable swapping

If you wan’t to disable swapping on your raspberry pi to prevent fast weardown of you SD card or even if you are using a SSD to boot on via USB it can reduce your disks lifespan if you have swapping turned on and it’s default on.

Here is how to completely disable swapping on Raspberry Pi (raspberian)

sudo dphys-swapfile swapoff
sudo dphys-swapfile uninstall
sudo update-rc.d dphys-swapfile remove
apt purge dphys-swapfile

This is tested on my Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspberian 9 (Debian 9 based)

WARNING: this is only a good idea if you know that the server has enough ram for it’s tasks.

CS:GO | Linux | Playing against my 10 year old kid and losing

I have tested Steam on my old Lenovo T450 laptop that is my secondary machine, it’s running Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon Edition and is working great with Steam. I’m quite surprised that it was fast enough to Play CS:GO and in the same time being recording a full desktop session, but it worked out just fine. My hardware is Core 5i CPU, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD 5500 Grapichs card, 128 GB SSD harddisk. I used KaZam to record with, it came with Linux Mint.

How to upgrade Debian 8 (Jessie) to 9 (stretch)

If you have an old Debian Jessie you would like to have upgraded to Debian Stretch then here is what i did to make it happend.

First take a snapshot of your filesystems, just to be safe….

Run the commands below, you may have to do some minor cleanup in your /apt/sources.d directory, there can be some duplicate entries with the name jessie in it.
sed -i 's/jessie/stretch/g' /etc/apt/sources.list 
apt-get update 
apt-get upgrade 
apt-get dist-upgrade 
apt-get autoremove 
apt-get clean apt-get dist-upgrade -f