Advent QC430 (QRC430) Windows XP Drivers

Just spent hours trying to set up Windows XP on an Advent QC430 (QRC430) which had Vista on. There doesn’t seem to be a pack of drivers already for it so I thought that I’d combine all the drivers I found into one zip file for anyone else suffering the same misfortune, to save time hunting through forums and experimenting with trial and error.

Contains all the files you should need (display, wireless, touchpad, audio, etc).

Please let me know if there are any missing files, but I’ve just used all these to set up this laptop so they should all be there.

My first starting point was:

which contained most of the files that were needed, although the display and wireless drivers failed.



Edit: As per a couple of comments, it seems the audio drivers don’t work with SP3, unfortunately I don’t have the laptop to test this with any more, but another commenter helpfully provided a link to an updated set on Intel’s site.

MySQL backup script

I’ve recently been learning more and more about bash scripting and the cool functions and features that are included, that i’ll probably never use…

I recently had to set up a cron to backup all MySQL databases but I didn’t want them in one huge file.

So I’ve written a little script, that is probably not entirely efficient, but serves it’s purpose for us:


# get todays date
DATE=`date +"%F"`;

# go to the backup directory
cd /var/backup/mysql

# export the databases, each to it's own file
# the first echo is sent to mysql, so we're basically echoing SHOW DATABASES; to mysql
# then we're chopping off the first line (sed 1d) and passing the remaining input to
# xargs which accepts \n or space delimited arguments as a list and echo's out the
# string mysqldump -u  -p % > %.sql (replacing % with the name) to
# /bin/bash
echo "SHOW DATABASES;" | mysql -u  -p | sed 1d | xargs --replace=% echo "mysqldump -u  -p % > %.sql" | /bin/bash

# compress the backups
tar czf mysql_backup_$DATE.tar.gz *.sql

# remove the large .sql files
rm *.sql

This was tested on a SuSE 11 server, might need some tweaking on other dists.