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Verizon FiOS | how to setup remote control to change volume on the set top box (STB)

I plug my FiOS box into a 22″ Acer monitor using an HDMI to DVI cable.  I have an old Boston Acoustic 2.1 computer speaker set that I plug in for sound.  Changing the volume required standing up and walking over to the speakers.  Commercials are approximately 470% louder than regular television programming, so it’s nice to control volume remotely.

Verizon FiOS Philips RC 144 Remote

These instructions are for the Philips RC 144 Remote:

1.  Press and hold the STB key
2.  While holding down STB, press OK
3.  Release both keys, the device keys will blink twice.
4.  Press 9 – 5 – 5, the STB key will blink twice
5.  Press OK

Volume is now setup to change the volume on the Verizon box rather than the TV.

Visit this page if you have another remote or want to download the user manual for your Verizon FiOS remote.

VirtualBox vboxdrv | Ubuntu 9.04 2.6.28-14-server

I recently upgraded my kernel which broke VirtualBox, I got the following error:

Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Re-setup the kernel module by executing

‘/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup’

as root. Users of Ubuntu, Fedora or Mandriva should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary

Usually this is fixed by running:

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

I then found this post which applied to the generic kernel and indicated that I may be missing the kernel headers.  Since I am running VirtualBox in Ubuntu Server 9.04 I ran:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.28-14-server

and then

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Working again.

Moving MySQL to a new server (Ubuntu Server 8.10)

This short guide will help you move all users, databases, tables, etc from server1 (current server) to server2 (new server).

Stop the mysql service on both servers:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

Setup a temporary directory in the home folder of your user on server2.  (This is because we don’t have root access remotely.)

mkdir ~/varlibmysql

On server1:

sudo rsync -axv –progress –stats /var/lib/mysql/ user@server2:~/varlibmysql/

On server2:

sudo rsync -axv –progress –stats ~/varlibmysql/ /var/lib/mysql/

chown -R mysql:mysql /var/lib/mysql/

At this point if you try to start mysql, you will most likely see the following error:

error: ‘Access denied for user ‘debian-sys-maint’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)’

To fix this (on server2):

cd /etc/mysql

sudo mv debian.cnf debian.cnf.backup (creates a backup of your original)

On server1:

sudo cat /etc/mysql/debian.cnf

(highlight and copy the contents of this file to your clipboard)

On server2:

sudo vim /etc/mysql/debian.cnf

press i on the keyboard to begin editing

paste clipboard into file

press Esc, type :wq and press Enter

Start the SQL service on server2:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

And you’re all set…


Very short open blog to manhattan bagel grills

Dear grills,

Why are you sat? Why do you go to bed so early? I got up at a respectable time this morning and drove to a new manhattan bagel closer to home.

Arriving at 2:02, and having a close time of 2:30, you grill, were already off.

Now I am drivin to willow grove because they love their customers and grill ’em until 3.

Love you!.

Extension cord fail

What we made for dinner when they sprayed us for west nile virus

So the PA DEP is spraying Montgomery, Bucks, and other counties for West Nile tonight and tomorrow night from 8pm-12am.

This was our natural reaction for dinner.

Photosynth hath been released!

Now you can jump inside your photographs in 3D:

Photosynth Blog

Who popped their aluminum water bottle?

Freezer = poof / boom

Who cleaned up the bird off the street in jenkintown?

Peep peep.

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