Posted tagged ‘driver’

Back to Mandriva 2010.0 (and my soundcard again)

July 13, 2010

After working with Mandriva 2010.1 Beta 2  I’m back to 2010.0 .

The main problem was the proprietary nvidia driver which doesn’t work properly under 2010.1 with my GeForce 8600 GTS. Since I need 3D acceleration and am not planning to buy new hardware, I had to revert to 2010.0. Acceleration is much more important for me than msec improvements and all the other nice things in 2010.1. 2010.0 just works for me.

I’ve noticed that you get a slightly different system even when installing from the same CD. In Windows, you get different bugs with every reinstall, in Linux you sometimes get slightly different configurations (esp. in the case of authorisations). This time, I had a lucky install that even supports my weird soundcard and 5.1 out of the box!

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Semester is Over

June 24, 2010

Had the last exam yesterday. So will be writing more.

Currently I’m doing nothing and wondering when Mandriva 2010.1 comes out. I’m  burning a Fedora LiveCD just in case, but still hoping for Mandriva to come out. I’m happy to hear that the company has been saved by investors, but I’ll be even happier when they release something.

I’m using Mandriva 2010.1 Beta 2 Free. I’m happy with it but I’m having issues with the proprietary nvidia driver, and the free driver doesn’t have 3D acceleration. And I badly want 3D to play EDuke and other games.

HP ScanJet 2400 and Linux (and digital camera)

April 4, 2010

I bought this scanner many years ago when I still used Windows. It is not supposed to work under Linux. However, there’s a driver (unofficial I guess) here: http://www.elcot.in/linuxdrivers_download.php . People say it works, but I had an intuitive feeling it wouldn’t work for me. So I did a clean install recently and installed this driver. The scanner still didn’t work and the whole SANE thing was corrupted.

So I boxed the scanner again and put it away. I don’t need it anyway.

I’ve got a very nice digital camera which lets you control all the settings manually. I’ve figured out a combination of settings that lets you photograph text so that it looks like a scanned image and can be OCR’ed. Given that photographing is MUCH faster than scanning and that a camera is MUCH more portable, a scanner is actually quite useless for me.