Ryzen PC Backup

I finally decided to perform a backup of my new Ryzen PC running Fedora 26. Normally I wouldn’t leave it too long between backups especially if I have made significant changes. My new PC presented me with a little bit of an issue, I couldn’t run my backup software.

I tend to use Clonezilla to take/restore system images. I’ve used it for years and it has been working well for me. That was until I tried to boot it on my Ryzen system. It was hanging with tpm_tis and tpm_crb errors.

The arch wiki states that “Support for TPM 2.0 is still incomplete (both on the kernel and in userspace), and no known work flow for TPM2 exists at the moment.”

It would appear that I had enabled the TPM option in the bios and I have TPM 2.0 hardware.

The Workaround
Clonezilla 2.5.2-20 (Debian – Kernel 4.11.11-1+b1)

  1. Disable TPM in the bios.
  2. Boot from a CD (non-uefi) and run Clonezilla in graphics safe mode.
  3. Having successfully booted Clonezilla, perform backup as normal.
  4. On completion of the backup re-enable the TPM hardware in the bios.

Goals for 2008

Happy New Year to all of you out there in internet land; I hope the festivities didn't take their toll.

Instead of resolutions for 2007 I set a few simple goals its time for a look at how I got on.

  1. Contribute more to Open Source Software - It might be writing documentation or code, perhaps just helping other users. It’s about time I gave back to the community.
  2. Upgrade my PC - A new TFT & GFX card are on the main list, possibly new case fans and another hard disk as the budget allows.
  3. Finish reading the book I started over a year ago - Once I get through it I can start on something else.

The first goal can only be considered a partial success, I didn't contribute to the Open Source community as much as I could have done. This is partly down the the amount of travelling I do but is not a good enough excuse not to do more in 2008. On the positive side my contributions included a few forums posts and my Laptop installation guide. It was only the other day I received a comment on my guide from a person who found it useful. It was nice to have the feeling of helping somebody and it will encourage me to post more (and better) guides in the future.

The second goal was to upgrade my PC with a new TFT and GFX, well I am glad to say I managed that one. I was thinking of a further upgrade in 2008 but the system is still performing well. I threw some new games on it and they run fantastically. The next planned big hardware upgrade will not be until the end of 2008 beginning of 2009.

The third goal was to finish reading a book that kept taunting me with its unfinished status. Well good news, I finished reading it and can now file it away on a remote shelf some place to collect dust.

So I mostly met my goals for 2007 but now its time to set the goals for 2008.

  1. Contribute more to Open Source Software - The same as last year but as I need to do more its the first on my list.
  2. Backup Data - An important thing to do so I need to do a full backup and keep it up to date.
  3. Reduce Carbon Footprint - I have already done a bit to reduce my power consumption, lets see if I can do more.
  4. Try and avoid parking fines and other motoring offences - 2007 was expensive.

Let's see how I get on. Number 4 could be an interesting one to review and will probably summarise how well my year has gone.