I am running a HP 6000 Pro small form factor PC – no windows (excepted virtualized). I recently updated my bios, trying to enable VT-x for virtualization.
The BIOS softpack from HP downloaded as an file named sp73556.exe – I made sure to download the file for freedos, but epic #FAIL by HP. You need Windows to unpack that exe before you can get at the freedos files.
Enter wine 🙂 . I launched
# wine sp73556.exe
This launches the installer which unpacks the files as follows under my .wine directory :
glaw@fedora ~/.wine/drive_c/swsetup/SP73556 $ ls -lart
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 14894 Jun 22 2012 logo.bmp
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 1974206 Oct 22 2015 786G2.cab
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 13487 Nov 5 2015 license.txt
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 2122 Nov 6 2015 How to Use.txt
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 6324 Nov 9 2015 History.txt
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 21719 Nov 12 2015 Bios Flash.htm
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 2321 Nov 12 2015 SP73556.cva
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 2538 Nov 12 2015 SP73556.txt
drwxrwxr-x 2 glaw glaw 4096 Dec 7 12:28 DOS Flash
drwxrwxr-x 2 glaw glaw 4096 Dec 7 12:28 HPQFlash
From there, it was use a matter of following this other guide :
and copying the files within “DOS Flash” over to the fs-root directory.
Reboot the HP machine with the thumb drive and bam, you’re flashing
Running a HP SPP mini tower with Yosemite installed and finally getting tired of finder and iTerm. Don’t get me wrong, I like iTerm, but from my linux background, my fingers just know terminator so much better 🙂
I tried installing terminator via brew but it did not seem very stable – I opened up a 4-up terminator view and after the icon spun for 5 minutes, it crashed.
Fink seems to be much more stable and integrates its programs right into XQuartz where the brew installed version popup’d a separate python window.
1. install fink: bash script to do it all for ya https://raw.githubusercontent.com/fink/scripts/master/srcinstaller/Install%20Fink.tool
2. fink install terminator
3. fink install nautilus
4. Setup dbus for OSX :
sudo launchctl load -w /sw/share/dbus/launchd/org.finkproject.dbus-session.plist
launchctl load -w /sw/share/dbus/launchd/org.finkproject.dbus-session.plist
I am running the Midori browser inside of Cygwin-X at work. This allows me to browse and download within Cygwin easier, as well as bypass some of the security imposed on the network at work.
One thing I have found that I absolutely hate is the order Midori puts its task buttons in. The first button on EVERY other browser is Back – Midori uses “New Tab” – WTF?! I find myself clicking “New Tab” meaning to go back. This has got to go!
I found that the easy fix for this is by editing the configuration file. On Cygwin this file is located in .config/midori/config
Make sure you exit out of Midori, then open the config file in vi. The line to look for is toolbar-items=. I moved TabNew from the first entry to the last. Saved the file and then restarted Midori.