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The Big Lebowski - Official Owners Club thread

By captainBR

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#213 58 days ago
Quoted from Robertstone0407:

Wtf is this. This looks completely differnt[quoted image]

Does anyone else think it is crazy that this machine has two power supplies adding up to 1050 Watts? It can't be using anywhere near that.

I'm only a lebowski lurker, and can only dream of owning one, but I would highly recommend that someone captures the BIOS settings of that ITX motherboard and create an image of that solid state drive. Years from now it's going to be a challenge replacing that motherboard or SSD if they ever die. Has anyone checked what operating system this machine is booting?

#217 58 days ago
Quoted from VividPsychosis:

How would one go about doing that?

You would boot another Linux pc and clone this ssd to another disk, making sure to do a full clone including all partitions and boot sector.

More importantly if I were a lewbowski owner, I would buy another itx motherboard of the same generation of intel atom SOC (J1900) to put in storage. The problem is going to be 5 to 10 years from now when this board dies or has issues, you’re going to need to replace it with something that is compatible with the Linux kernel used by Dutch pinball for the system OS. It’s possible you could replace the kernel with a version with newer hardware support, but that would certainly be more risky. Right now there is a replacement board on eBay that is an exact match, but it’s basically becoming unobtanium already. Just food for though for those who are thinking long term. Considering you can get one of these boards for less than $100 right now, it seems likely a worthwhile insurance policy. Of course if Dutch pinball sticks around and provides support then this issue might be moot.....

Edit: pretty sure this is only board available anywhere:

ebay.com link » Asrock Q1900 Itx Intel Celeron Quad Core J1900 Mini Itx Motherboard Hdmi Usb3

#221 58 days ago
Quoted from cpr9999:

If you search (which I have) you can find them no problem.

Are you sure? The one I eBay sold already since I posted it, and I can’t find it anywhere, at least not the ITX version.

#224 57 days ago
Quoted from adol75:

There's a bunch on Ali Express, and I agree with the above, it's probably best to gather some spare parts for this game.

Yeah this is a board that has already been out of production for two years. Seems like a smart insurance policy to get another one for less than $100.

#227 57 days ago
Quoted from adol75:

Can you check what's the video port used on the motherboard is it HDMI or DVI
In the first picture below, DVI on the left, HDMI on the right
Also check if there is any card plugged in the mini pci-e port, second picture below shows the empty port on the board
And check how many ram slots are used (there's 2 slots black with a white plastic piece on each end)[quoted image][quoted image]

From the photos posted earlier, they used the vga port for video, two usb outputs, and both ram slots. Nothing in the pcie or m.2 slot.

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#340 39 days ago
Quoted from cpr9999:

I may be able obtain a few Cooler Master G550M power supplies.
Is anyone interested in having a backup. Approximately $50 plus shipping.
PM me if interested.
SOLD out.....

Why would you need to match the power supply exactly? Isn’t this just a standard PC power supply?

#363 38 days ago
Quoted from cpr9999:

Cheap insurance with identical replacement.
Also the plug in ports are not identical to other manufacturers PSU.
You might be able to buy a more expensive Cooler Master model that is still in production?
Also to sd_tom - I thought of this as well. I am hoping they do have an update so we can purchase; however, who knows if they make these additional 200+ machines? I am hoping they do so we have replacement parts potentially.
Also ASROCK makes sister boards to q1900-itx . Like the q1900m, q1900b etc. one of these I am sure will work. I plan on figuring that out since they no longer make the q1900. Clone hard drive, plug in new board and cpu to see what happens....
In meantime, hoping DP has already done this and can give us this path forward. Hoping.....

Motherboard support is going to be based on the Linux kernel version used by DP in these builds. Any hardware ( cpu / chipsets etc ) that is a newer generation likely won’t work 100%. It’s possible that updates can be made to the Ubuntu build used, but that is highly dependent on how customized of a build DP used. Has anyone tried to boot this with an external monitor attached? I’m guessing the OS is locked with a root password.

#367 38 days ago
Quoted from sd_tom:

there already is an external monitor attached, the LCD display. if you have keyboard attached and hit escape a bunch of times as its booting up you will get the ubuntu desktop. and can navigate around. i seem to recall whatever password was there was easily guessable.. but that was 2 years ago i was playing around and forgot.

That’s a good sign. If you can access the desktop then it’s possible to upgrade the kernel or ubuntu distro to support newer hardware. Hopefully you can remember that password.

#395 33 days ago
Quoted from jonahk:

Thanks for this! Feels silly to kill the crash reporting app but this is exactly the issue we were running into. In our case, it turns out the gnome keyring daemon crashed yesterday. Nothing that affects gameplay, but ubuntu did its job and let the user - in this case the player - know by way of blocking a good chunk of the display that there was a crash log to investigate.
The article above suggests disabling the reporting app "Apport" all together and since we made that change the game has been running with no further issues. (This pop up was repeatable and would come back every 5 minutes).
We also took the opportunity to grab a full disk image of the SSD as a backup and poked around in the ubuntu install. Fairly default build and as such I would be leery of connecting this machine to wifi since the passwords are all over the internet.[quoted image]

Definitely make sure ubuntu auto-updates are off before connecting it to the internet. I would imagine that some updates might break functionality depending on how DP built this.

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