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I am currently using version 4.28.r838376 of VirtualBox from Oracle. Today was spring cleaning on my main desktop. I updated loads of drivers, updated my bios for my Asus P8Z68 V-Pro motherboard, fixed registry errors, uninstalled programs, the whole shebang really. Everything went awesome, that is until I decided to start a virtual machine.

I tried starting a Slackware Linux guest I have and promptly received the error message VD:VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED. FIrst thing I thought was “I hope I have a backup, cause this looks like disk failure”. I then decided to boot a Windows guest I have to see if it was in the same shape. It gave a different message but one that directly referenced VTX and a CPU.

This made the light bulb in my head turn on! Knowing that I had updated my BIOS I wondered if I forgot to reset everything. So I rebooted, hopped into the BIOS and looked at Intel Virtualization Technology and it was disabled. Once this was turned back on all of my virtual machines are working fine again.

Hope this helps.


Written by lordfu

June 30, 2013 at 1:26 am

Browsing, DNS and duplicate IPs Oh My!

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I recently upgraded to current and also more recently have built a new Windows server to use for work and development with my Slackware box being a virtual desktop running on a Windows 7 host . The last few weeks since I built my new server and upgraded my desktop to current have been a mixture of either being away for work or being without power for a little over 6 days due to massive Midwest storms. Both of these have left me without a chance to really configure everything fully to my liking.

So the last couple days I have been home and able to spend more time on my desktop and I noticed something any application which required network access was painful to work with. Everyone of them would ‘sputter’, sometimes work great for a few minutes and then freeze for a few then work great again etc but my host had no networking problems at all. I ran ping tests and noticed the same thing there, so I began troubleshooting and did the following
1. Check resolv.conf for valid nameservers
2. Disabled loading of IPV6 module.
3. Disabled IPV6 in Moz
4. Checked interface settings, then it hit me.

What’s the interface settings look like on my new Windows Server? Whammo, duplicate IP addresses. Once I adjusted the IP address on the server everything began working perfectly. This was an easily avoidable configuration error and took a couple hours to fix because I was certain it was due to the Upgrade to current or this being a weird issue with 64b Slack and so time was wasted researching that instead which I never should have assumed.

Hope this helps!

Written by lordfu

July 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

Posted in Linux, Other, Slackware, Windows

Dell Inspirion 6000 – ATI Mobility Raedon x300 (M24) – Windows Server 2008

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So I received a laptop from work that they were tossing around a year ago. It came with Windows 7 and was all setup and good to go, so it remained that way for a year. I went to install SQL Server 2005 the other day to do some development and wham, can’t install onto Windows 7, it must be a server class OS. I have Windows Server 2008 so I began the re-install. That went well picked up 99.9% of my hardware and Windows happily installed a Standard VGA Adapter driver for my ATI card which is an ATI Mobility Raedon x300. The problem with that is that it is a terrible driver and offers no good resolutions, 1024×768 was my best bet at 32bit. So off I went to find drivers. Did Dell offer any? NO!

As far as I know Dell has a deal worked out where they force customers to use their drivers, you know the CD that comes with your laptops? Well I have Windows 2008 on here and they are not to be found anywhere. This is how I made this work using legacy drivers and Mobility Modder. Mobility Modder is an application which will ‘mod’ your inf files to work with an updated and ‘unsupported’ OS (you know that deal between ATI and Dell).

1. Go download the legacy ATI drivers from

2. Download Mobility Modder from

3. Extract the legacy drivers. This is done by double clicking the installation executable and once it gets past the extraction point, cancel the installation. The legacy drivers are extracted to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc

4. You then install Mobility Modder and it’s requirements XML 6.0, .Net Framework (which on most modern systems are already installed). Also select turn off UAC, this does require a reboot.

5. Once MM is installed run the program and Browse to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc and click Modify (this can take a few minutes)

6. Once that is done you need to update your driver manually. This is done by

  • Device Manager
  • Select your Display Adapter
  • Right Click ‘Update Driver Software’
  • Browse My Computer for driver Software
  • Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  • Have Disk
  • Browse to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc\Driver\XP_INF
  • Select CX_95952.inf
  • Say Ok all the way out.
  • Say Yes if it complains that this driver is not digitally signed.
  • Reboot

Once you are rebooted you can verify you are using the ATI drivers and set your resolution,Voila!


Once Mobility Modder has modified your .inf file you can search the file and verify your hardware is found. If you do not know how to find the hardware id. You go to the details section of your card properties, found under device manager and select from the dropdown Hardware Id’s. The following screenshot shows mine.


Hope this helps!


I also had to update the sound card which is a SigmaTel – Sound – SigmaTel C-Major Audio.

1. Download the cab file

2. Extract cab

3. Update the driver in the same manner as above by browsing to the folder that contains the extracted files.


Written by lordfu

July 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

VMWare Server – Failed to lock the file

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Almost every time when the power goes out at my house I receive the following error when starting up an image that was already running when the lights went out.
‘Cannot open the disk ‘/path/to/machine.vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
Reason: Failed to lock the file.’

This is due to a lock being held on the memory files within the directory listed in the error message.

#cd /path/tovm
#ls *lck
#rm -Rf *lck

Be careful with the rm -Rf command above please 😉 hope this helps someone sometime.

Written by lordfu

March 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Posted in Linux, Other, RedHats, Slackware

Visual Studio themed wallpapers

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The Gu posted a couple wallpapers based on Visual Studio themes today, here is a link to the originating site and there are some awesome wallpapers on there to help fuel your creative spaceship. Get Coding!

Written by lordfu

May 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

Posted in ASP.Net, Development, Other