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Using RAID On Z68 Motherboard: Asus Z68 Extreme4 Gen3

I recently got a new desktop computer that has a Asus Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard in it and wanted to configure RAID 0 on a couple terabyte hard drives to provide better performance and more space to my primary volume. Initially I didn’t see how to configure the RAID as I am used to an external hardware RAID card that has its own BIOS. After a little bit of poking I was able to locate the setting to enable RAID and then configuring it was fairly standard. Below I describe the setting to enable RAID on the Z69 Extreme4 Gen3 mobo and how to configure a new RAID 0 volume once RAID is enabled.

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Dell XPS 1340 Backlit Keyboard Not Working, Backlight On XPS 1340 Keyboard Not On

Awhile back I reinstalled Windows 7 on my Dell XPS 1340 because I wanted to make my computer faster and I definitely accomplished that goal. Couple nights ago I was working in a dark area and noticed that the backlight on the keyboard was not illuminated so I started to wonder if it had ever worked after the upgrade. Below is information on how to enable the backlight on a Dell XPS 1340 laptop.

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Error Upgrading Dell Poweredge 2650 BIOS: Error while loading shared libraries:

Last week I spent a lot of time trying to upgrade the BIOS on a Dell Poweredge 650 server which ended up being a pain not only because the server is so old but because of various other issues I ran into along the way. This weekend I thought I was going to be in for the same issues when I wanted to upgrade the BIOS on a Dell Poweredge 2650 but thankfully I was incorrect. After initially attempting to upgrade using the same floppy disk method I used on the PE650 I decided to try the Redhat executable provided by Dell and ran into an error which is noted below along with what package was installed via the Yum Package Manager that resolved the error.

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Modify The Scrolling Message Located On The Front Of A Dell Poweredge 2650

Earlier I was doing some work on a Dell Poweredge 2650 with CentOS Linux installed on it which we use for a development server at the shop. The message on the screen had been set awhile back with a joke message but I forgot how it was set so while I was poking around in the BIOS for some floppy disk settings I stumbled across how to modify the message that scrolls across the tiny screen on the front of the Dell PE2650 and wanted to share. Below is more information regarding how to modify the message and what it looks like once it has been modified.