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  1. #1
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    Gservers.nl: scam, beware

    Gservers.nl are crooks, they're trying to sell „dedicated” servers which are in fact only VPS's. Which is why they can offer a Core Solo 2.4GHz CPU while, according to Intel's website, the fastest Core Solo in existence has a speed of 1.83 GHz.

    After seeing their offers in the Dedicated Hosting Offers forum, I decided to order an Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 2.4 GHz dedicated server on Dec 13. The money I sent by wire transfer arrived on Dec 18.
    The server was installed by the 20th. As usual, the first thing I did after logging was to check that the hardware matched what I ordered. So I ran dmesg, lspci etc. That's when I noticed some oddities. According to lspci, the box was equpped with a Natoma/Triton II chipset:
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440FX - 82441FX PMC [Natoma] (rev 02)
            Flags: fast devsel
    
    00:01.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II]
            Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0
    
    00:01.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 IDE [Natoma/Triton II] (prog-if 80 [Master])
            Subsystem: Unknown device 5853:0001
            Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64
            I/O ports at c000 [size=16]
    Natoma is a very old chipset used for Pentium Pro CPUs, it has no relation to anything the Core2Duo runs on.

    Secondly, dmesg showed the following:
    Code:
    ACPI: RSDP (v002    Xen                                ) @ 0x000eb0b0
    ACPI: XSDT (v001    Xen      HVM 0x00000000 HVML 0x00000000) @ 0x000eb020
    ACPI: FADT (v004    Xen      HVM 0x00000000 HVML 0x00000000) @ 0x000eae30
    ACPI: MADT (v002    Xen      HVM 0x00000000 HVML 0x00000000) @ 0x000eaf30
    ACPI: HPET (v001    Xen      HVM 0x00000000 HVML 0x00000000) @ 0x000eafa0
    ACPI: SSDT (v002    Xen      HVM 0x00000000 HVML 0x00000000) @ 0x000eafd8
    ACPI: DSDT (v002    Xen      HVM 0x00000000 INTL 0x20060707) @ 0x00000000
    Note the „Xen“ stuff.

    And last but not least, hdparm said
    Code:
    /dev/hda:
    
    ATA device, with non-removable media
            Model Number:       QEMU HARDDISK
            Serial Number:      QM00001
            Firmware Revision:  0.8.2
    By that time it was pretty obvious that this was not a dedicated, but a virtual machine. So I went to ask Gomer on IRC what the deal was with these odd hardware details. At first he claimed he had no idea. After I confronted him with more proof and told him that I knew that this was a VPS and not the dedicated box I had ordered and paid for, he denied it. At the end, he said something along the lines of „What does it matter, VPS and dedicated is almost the same.“

    At that point (still on December 20th), I asked for a refund. To approximately no one's surprise, I'm still waiting to receive my money today (January 22), even though I reminded Gomer about it several times.

    So this is just a heads up for others to stay clear of that outfit.

  2. #2
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    thanks for the warning

    it was good learning some stuff on how to see server hardware details for me... i am newbie trying to manage my server myself at last

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by meet_raman View Post
    it was good learning some stuff on how to see server hardware details for me... i am newbie trying to manage my server myself at last
    The elaborate on this point, here are the commands I used:
    Code:
    # lspci -v
    # hdparm -I /dev/hda
    # dmesg | less
    # cat /proc/cpuinfo
    # free -m
    These are all for Linux. The free command shows you the amount of RAM installed. lspci and hdparm are not always available on newly set up systems, you might have to install them via the package management.

  4. #4
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    thanks again much appreciated...

  5. #5
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    Thank you for the very useful information. I just bought a dedicated server...

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