CD/DVD drives in Windows 7 and code 39 error

A collegue’s desktop computer has twice lost touch with its DVD drive. The drive is OK, it’s recognized by the BIOS, it even booted from a FreeBSD DVD when told to do so. Yet Windows 7 refused to display the drive. The Device Manager utility complained about a missing driver service and something about a code 39 error. A surfing expedition revealed this article which gives some pretty accurate suggestions. Continue reading CD/DVD drives in Windows 7 and code 39 error

New server and first attempt at running FreeBSD/amd64 with ZFS for all storage

The switch to new hardware finally happened. This is the first server to run FreeBSD/amd64 under my supervision. ZFS is used for all storage on this server. I chose to install the newly released FreeBSD/amd64 9.0-RELEASE, before upgrading to FreeBSD/amd64 9.0-STABLE by source. It’s just a matter of preference, given my 13-14 years of experience with FreeBSD. Continue reading New server and first attempt at running FreeBSD/amd64 with ZFS for all storage