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== Selling ==
== Selling ==
See [[LfmHardwareAuction/Sales]]
See [[LfmHardwareAuction/Sales]] (moved suggestions for ebay auction improvements here as well [[User:Kevinb456|~Kevin]]).
People who want to buy stuff: [[LfmHardwareAuction/Purchasers]]
People who want to buy stuff: [[LfmHardwareAuction/Purchasers]]
Feedback from various people, to incorporate in future auctions:
From Mike Harrison:
Quick comments on ebay listings from a seasoned ebayer -  <br /><br />
Specify pick-up location a bit more specifically - London is a big place, also specify possible
pickup times, and  emphasise pickup only in the listing text in big letters.<br /><br />
Just copy & pasting manufacturers blurb with no additional info looks bad, especially for a
zero-feedback seller - to instil some more confidence add a line or two about who you are & where
kit has come from - not specific, just that it's a donated bulk lot from a  working environment or
similar. <br /><br />
And add an 'about me' page.
In that vein, it might be worth adding some background i.e. donated by, maybe a link to the hackspace, explain the good cause, etc.
<aden> we probably should have bough tsome stuff on ebay to get feeback too, nobody is going to bid on a 0 feedback seller<br />
<Paul2> yeah 0 feedback 'hack' in the seller name. 1 line desciption. LOOKS LEGIT @@@@@<br />
<jontyw> I'm also not sure that we should be selling seven monitors in one batch, it's MUCH better to just have "7 available"

Revision as of 19:59, 29 November 2010

For context see User:Martind/LfmHardwareAuction.

Help Needed

(last updated Sunday night)

If you would like to help out with any of the below contact martind, roberthl or Jasperw. Most of these tasks don't really require any particular skills, we can show you how it's done.

  • Auctions
    • Monitors are ready for auction, we set up two test auctions. Will do the rest on Tuesday
    • Server auction will either start Tuesday, or the weekend after
    • Need someone to be at the space when buyers come for pickup
    • Robert/martind have access to the Ebay account, and TurboLister
  • Servers
    • Need catalogue of all server classes. See ServerClassTemplate below
    • Need catalogue of all servers. See ServerTemplate below
    • Need to match server classes to types of rack mounts (and maybe even set them all up.)
  • Hard disks:
    • Need to dban all drives (in full progress, may take a few more days)
    • Need catalogue of all HDs (save ones we're putting in servers)
    • Need to switch some caddies for SCSI/SATA drives (not enough machines for certain kinds of caddies)


  • 2 x HP Procurve 2824 (J4904A) running firmware version I.10.32

Current firmware version is I.10.77:

9600 8N1 for the serial

The one that I (User:JasperWallace) am using for netbooting stuff will have 'hackspace' as every password.

It will be on network range, it will be, it has unrestricted snmp access on the public community.

NetBoot Server

It's 'C1'.

running debian 5.0.6

  • eth0 - unused (single socket)
  • eth1 is on the hackspace lan and is (assumes dhcp is stable!) (right hand of double socket when viewed from the back)
  • eth2 is on the netboot lan, (left hand, yellow cable atm).

  • 9600 8N1 on both serial ports.
  • password is hackspace

See LfmHardwareAuction/NetBootServer for more details


All drives need to be cleared with dban before we do anything else. This is well in progress.


Better descriptions to follow.

 <Jasperw>	go to desk
 <Jasperw>	look at monitor
 <Jasperw>	trace monitor cable
 <Jasperw>	switch attached machine off
 <Jasperw>	remove all drives from machine
 <Jasperw>	put drives in one of the 'done' boxes. NOT the dead drive box (unless the drives are dead)
 <Jasperw>	if drives have long thin connector (SCA SCSI) then leave machine off and go back to whatever you where doing (We're pretty much done with the SCa ones).
 <Jasperw>	of they have a sata connector then find some more sata drives on the shelves (not in the boxes).
 <Jasperw>	plug 4 x drives into machine.

<SpikeUK>	Jasperw - I've found three drives kicking about on shelf - can you direct me to another likely source please?
<Jasperw>	SCA or SATA?
 <Jasperw>	there should be more drives on the shelves, you just have to look around.
 <SpikeUK>	S
 <SpikeUK>	Jasperw - sorry SATA
 <Jasperw>	you might need to remove them from one of the other types of caddy.
 <SpikeUK>	Jasperw - OK
 <Jasperw>	and put them into whatever is the right caddy type for the machine thats free for wipeing.#

<SpikeUK>	Jasperw - machine is now fitted with four new drives (in same slots that others came from)
<Jasperw>	ok, power it on and, depending on what machine type it is, you'll need to work out how to get into the raid controller setup and configure the drives as single disks or JBOD.
 <martind>	SpikeUK: is it a machine in the left or right-hand rack?
 <SpikeUK>	martind - right hand rack
 <martind>	alt+3 to start RAID setup during boot
 <martind>	then clear all 
 <martind>	(select all disks, then "clear")
 <martind>	then set up new ones
 <martind>	one by one
 <martind>	select spare disk, "create", which takes you to an "accept" screen
 <martind>	four times
 <martind>	then f8 to finish & reboot 

<SpikeUK>	martind - ok machine rebooting. Only 3 o4 4 drives was recognised. What do I want to boot into?
 <martind>	SpikeUK: may be worth investigating the dead drive
 <martind>	e.g. check the LEDs
 <Jasperw>	dban autonuke on the netboot menu


On IRC: {blockquote} Olfin> Are there any plans to harvest the rare earth metal magnets from the dead drives? THey're rather useful! {blockquote}



All servers have been assigned a hardware class, based on their type. (Double-check when you process a machine.) That way we only have to document the basic hardware once.

  1. open machine, check that is has
    • ram
    • sata cables (some machines have had the sata cables removed)
    • and that all (or at least some) of the drive bays connected (some machines have had there controller card removed so they won't talk to any drives!)
  2. if all is ok connect up the machine and boot it.

To determine hardware spec:

  • plug in monitor & keyboard
  • Boot up, check the BIOS diagnostics
  • OR while dbanning: ctrl-alt-f5 to start a shell (will only show 900MB of RAM)

And then:

 $ cat /proc/cpuinfo | less
 $ cat /proc/meminfo | less

See also: Understanding /proc/cpuinfo

General hardware lister:

 $ lshw | less

For DIMM layout (and to identify dead DIMMs), motherboard manufacturer etc:

 $ dmidecode | less

For RAID controller info and other peripherals:

 $ dmesg | less

Server classes

Template: ServerClassTemplate


Template: ServerTemplate

  1. Under review
    1. A2
    2. B2
    3. D1
    4. E3
    5. F1
    6. F2
    7. G1
    8. G2
    9. G3
    10. H1
    11. I1
    12. J1
    13. J2
    14. J3
    15. J4
    16. J5
    17. J6
    18. J7
    19. K1
    20. M1
    21. M2
    22. N4
    23. N7
    24. N8
  2. Processed
  3. For sale
  4. Sold
  5. Discarded


  • won't netboot

Check that the Option ROM's for the onboard nics are enabled, something like BIOS -> advanced options -> PCI & devices config -> and then you can enable the rooms.



24 Working
4 Faulty
28 Total

All to be listed, including faulty, stated as.

A flickr set has photos for each make, nine in total.

Note for ebay listing, item 06 is short of a "mickey mouse" power cable, one item 01 is short of a base.


9 Units ~ 01A, 01B, 01C, 01D, 01E, 01F, 01G, 01H, 01I in good working order.

1 unit~ 01J missing base, otherwise in good working order.

Product Type: Hanns.G LCD monitors     
Model ID JC198D / HANNS.G JC198D 
LCD display - TFT - 19" 
1280 x 1024 
250 cd/m2 
8 ms 
0.294 mm

Product page:


2 Units ~ 02A, 02B in good working order.

Model: DXBL-19
60/50Hz 1.5A
Manufacturer: AOC


6 units available

4 03B, 03D, 03E, 03F in good working order

2 03A, 03C faulty

Screen size (inches) 19
Panel Type (TN, IPS) TN
Type LCD
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Resolution 1280 X 1024
Brightness (cd/m2) 300
Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Response Time (ms) 2
Viewing Angle (°) 170
Color Depth (Num of Colors) 16.7M
Pixel Pitch (mm) 0.294 x 0.294
Surface Treatment AG(3H) 
D-Sub Yes
DVI-D Yes 

Product page:


2 Units ~ 04A, 04B in good working order.

Product Description: V7 L19WA - LCD display - TFT - 19"
Device Type: LCD display / TFT active matrix
Colour: Black, silver
Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers
Dimensions (WxDxH): 46.9 cm x 19 cm x 36.9 cm
Weight: 4.5 kg
Diagonal Size: 19" - widescreen
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch: 0.285 mm
Max Resolution: 1440 x 900 / 60 Hz
Colour support: Up to 16.2 million colors
Response Time: 8 ms
Image Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Audio Output: Speaker(s) - stereo - integrated
Signal Input: VGA
Compliant Standards: TCO '03, CE, CSA, UL, TUV GS, ISO 13406-2, VESA DPMS
Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Operational: 43 Watt
Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Product page (Amazon):


3 units

05A, 05C in good working order

05B faulty

Brand	Belinea
Dot Pitch	0.294 mm
Model	10 19 02 (Black, Silver) 19" LCD Monitor
Screen Resolution	1280 x 1024 pixels
Screen Size	19 in
Type	Flat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix)


1 unit

06A in good working order.

Mickey Mouse power cable not supplied.

Brand: TC0
Model: 900P
Power: AC 100-240V 50-60Hz 1.0A


3 units

07A, 07B, 07C in good working order

Type   48cm / 19" TN colour TFT active matrix SXGA LCD
Contrast Ratio  1000:1 (typ.)
Viewing Angles  170° horizontal, 160° vertical (at 10:1)
170° horizontal, 170° vertical (at 5:1)
Brightness  300cd/m² (typ.)
Display Area  37.6cm horizontal x 30.1cm vertical; 48.3cm diagonal
Optimum Resolution  1280 x 1024@60Hz
Response Time  5ms (off-on-off) (typ.)
Light Source  Long life, 50,000 hrs. (typ)
Panel Surface  Anti-glare (3H)
Pixel Pitch  0.294mm
Colour Support  16.2M colours (6-bit + 2-bit FRC)
Pixel Clock  135MHz

Product page:


1 unit 08A in good working order

19-inch Chimei A190E3-T0J LCD Monitor
Stylish black design
19-inch TFT Active Matrix LCD display
5:4 aspect ratio
0.294 x 0.294 mm pixel pitch
1280 x 1024 maximum resolution
320 cd/m2 brightness
500:1 contrast ratio
8 ms response time
16.2 million Color display 
160º horizontal viewing angle
130º vertical viewing angle
30 - 82 KHz horizontal scanning frequency
56 - 76 Hz vertical scanning frequency
On Screen Display (OSD) controls
Hard coating, anti-glare treatment
0º - 20º tilt


1 unit 09A faulty

Description 19" Digimate L-1931 TFT
Brightness  	250cd/m2
Contrast ratio 	700:1
Dimensions 	430mm (W) x 380mm (H) x 170mm (D)
Display colours 	16.7M
Input signal 	DVI-D, VGA (D-sub 15pin)
Internal speakers 	Built-in stereo speakers
Osd language 	English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Simplified / Traditional Chinese
Panel size 	19"TFT(Active Matrix)
Pixel pitch 	0.294 x 0.294mm
Power consumption 	MAX 50W, Standby 3W
Power supply 	AC 100~240V 50/60Hz
Resolution 	1280 x 1024(SXGA)
Response time 	12ms
Safety standards 	FCC, CE, UL
Scan frequency 	H:30-80KHz V:56-75Hz
Viewing angle( h/v) 	170 degree(H) / 170 degree(V)
Weight 	4kg

Product page:

Monitor photos

Flickr set, with numbers to match:

(Note that Flickr won't let you host your Ebay pics on their domains. Imgurl or similar will work better for auctions.)

USB Drives

Total 11 NexStar 3 external 3.5" hard drive enclosure, USB 2.0 and eSATA

  • 9 of the above boxed, with most accessories including PSU (some boxes tatty) PSU are 110-240V but have integral US 2-pin mains connector
  • 1 of the above has no box or accessories
  • 1 of the above has no PSU but there is a Lacie PSU with the same fitting, may be compatible.
  • Disk capacity not fully checked. A random one taken off the pile was 750MB --Artag 19:19, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
    • I'd like one or more of these if they are available to hackspacers --Artag 19:20, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
[766917.452964] scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ST375033 0AS                   PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
[766917.453582] sd 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
[766917.476662] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] 1465149168 512-byte logical blocks: (750 GB/698 GiB)
[766917.488073] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off
[766917.488081] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 38 00 00 00
[766917.488085] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[766917.505132] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[766917.505175]  sdc: sdc1
[766917.560394] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[766917.560436] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI disk


See LfmHardwareAuction/Sales (moved suggestions for ebay auction improvements here as well ~Kevin).

People who want to buy stuff: LfmHardwareAuction/Purchasers