Friday, May 30, 2008

Strange message at boot time

Yesterday, my network interface card (built-in motherboard) bogged down (later, the network guy said it had been due to the 'thunderstorm' which blazed the night! I don't know whether its true or not, but they said they also have to replace some hubs and switches.) abruptly. Thanks to the Chinese products, I bought a cheap new card immediately (only taka 215 and without any guarantee!) and place it in the motherboard. I disabled the on-board LAN card feature from BIOS, making the new card as the only working one. But, after saving out from BIOS, just before GRUB is loads, a message came :
Intel UNDI PXE 2.0 Build 082
or Realtek RTL 8139(x)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 020326)
Client MAC address: (then the mac address) GUID: (then the guid) DHCP...
And it tried to search for a DHCP then gave the following message :

PXE-E53: No boot filename received
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
After that, the usual GRUB menu came and all went fine. My new network card worked just okay. But the problem was, each and every time while booting, that same nagging message came, making the boot process slow and irritating.

After a bit Googling, I found that it was due to some settings in the on-board Lan Boot Rom settings. I went to the Intel PXE menu (by pressing Shift+F10 at boot time) and changed the setting from "Online network login" to "Default BIOS settings". The nagging message was gone.

What I don't understand how did the settings got changed ? Is it a automatic feature whenever you disable the on-board LAN card or is it something else ? Dunno.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

What I am doing now a days

Well, not much. As the semester break is here, I am not taking classes for the next two weeks. The previous two weeks were not bad- 6 days of invigilation in the exam hall, one long meeting on next semester's course distribution and checking some exam scripts. And I watched some movies and IPL. I missed the usual "long drive" of ours for the last two weeks, mainly for my lethargy. I guess I am in need for some soul-searching.

I started learning some Python, the language they talk about so much. I learned one thing for the least - the name "Python" has nothing to do with the reptile, rather it is named after a comedy show which was the author's favorite. To suppress the growing concern inside, I also took out my algorithm book and started with reading the preface. No promises.

One of my undergraduate thesis groups sent me a call for papers. Problem is, we are in no position to publish a paper. We should be. It would be improbable to grab a hold of them in this semester break. Lest see if I can.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

My first visit to the Italian embassy

The embassy of Italy in dhaka, as you may have guessed, is in the embassy road in Gulshan-2. The rickshaw fare is about 10 tk from Gulshan-2 circle. If I remember correctly, it is in road 79.
Last week, I went there with one of my friends. Not for any definite purpose though, just to get acquainted with the proceedings. I was a bit tensed to see a long queue of people waiting outside the gate. But we came to know that they have special services (not so special, as revealed later) for students and they let us in without much of waiting. Some people in the queue were grunting, of course.

Crossing the first gate (a very mundane looking one), we had to wait for some time. My friend and another senior brother prepared their documents. I was just wondering how many times I would have to come to this place. Just after a while, we went in through the second gate and met the embassy consultant. He was a Bangladeshi person and also one of the most confused person I have ever seen! He was unsure about most of the queries. I don't understand, why do you sit in a chair which doesn't fit you! By the course of time, we came to know that the Italian guy responsible for this consultancy was on leave and would not be available until next to next sunday. Till then, welcome to an world of uncertainty and chaos! I asked him about my case and was happy to see him living up to my expectations - he didn't know a thing!

My next visit there will not be as unfruitful as this one. Hopefully.

Picture : This is not in any way the picture of Italian embassy in Dhaka! It is a castle in Trento, the Italian city where I may end up if everything moves in motion.