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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!


Can’t wait!

July 1, 2010

3 days till Mandriva 2010.1 comes out!

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.

Mandriva 2010.1 RC is out!

May 21, 2010

Yay the RC is available! I’ll sure install it these days (after they update the Errata page) and write what I think…

Weird Glitch in Banshee

May 19, 2010

I’ve been working with Mandriva 2010.1 Beta 2 (Gnome) since it came out and have enjoyed it very much. I’ve had only one crash (session was terminated & I was thrown out into the login screen) which I couldn’t replicate, plus the issue with nVidia and Mandriva One. Otherwise, everything works surprisingly great.

Now I’ve got a funny glitch in Banshee. The “All albums” picture somehow got substituted by the cover art of a particular album. And I keep seeing that cover no matter where I am in my music collection. I have no idea what caused it and I haven’t really tried fixing it because it isn’t annoying (so far) and because I don’t have any spare time now (too much stuff to do @ university).

2nd day of using Mandriva 2010.1 Beta 2 – my impressions!

May 8, 2010

It’s my second day of using Mandriva 2010.1 Beta 2, Free version. My nVidia card didn’t want to work with the One version, so I installed the Free one. It wasn’t an upgrade but not exactly a clean install either – I kept the home directory of a previous installation (2010.0).

  • Installer: the function to add a password to GRUB is nice.
  • Boot time: I don’t think anything changed. My desktop PC always takes long to boot because of its 3 HDD’s and a great number of partitions.
  • GNOME 2.30: Stable. Lots of small improvements as compared to 2.28. Love the new Nautilus with 2 panes! Now I can use something more modern-looking than GNOME Commander.
  • Msec: the new msec is sooooo cool! It’s much more structured now and much simpler to use because there are so many security profiles. Also it’s now possible to run some checks every day, others every week etc. It’s very wise, helps save system resources.
  • Printing: Beta 1 couldn’t see my printer (Epson Stylus Photo 915), Beta 2 works great with it. The new printer settings window is very good.
  • Sound: PulseAudio now works flawlessly, even with my weird external soundcard.
  • Apps & Other Stuff: Mirage (a really awesome Banshee plugin) works a bit differently now. Took a couple of minutes to figure out, but that didn’t upset me really. LightsOff is a very nice game. Got Adobe Flash working in no time.
  • Bugs: Nothing serious so far. Though Firefox crashed twice as I was typing this post.
  • Weirdness: when the cursor is in the window of a Qt-based application, it switches its theme to the same one as in the login manager. Outside that window, it goes back to normal. Examples are Opera, Qsynth and the tiny app I use for my C-motech 3G modem.

Overall: Mandriva 2010 Spring will be a great release! It’s very stable & has lots of improvements.

External SBLive! on Mandriva 2010.0 – How To Get It To Work

March 23, 2010

External USB soundcards are pretty rare, at least where I live. And they don’t work under Linux out of the box – at least my SBLive! doesn’t. Yes it produces sound, but the volume control doesn’t behave properly and there’s no 5.1. And when you plug headphones in, the speakers still work. Here’s how to fix it:

I use Mandriva 2010.0 but I guess some of the instructions are the same for any distro.

  1. (this step is for mandriva only) In the Control Centre, choose Hardware -> Sound. Go to manually select the driver and choose “snd_emu10k1”.
  2. Disable PulseAudio. It causes the volume control to misbehave, at least on my system.
  3. As root, open /etc/modprobe.conf and add this line:
    alias sound-slot-0 snd_emu10k1 (other sound devices, if you have any, should be changed to sound-slot-1, 2 etc.). Mandriva’s Control Centre should add this automatically, but sometimes it doesn’t.
  4. Restart the computer. Go to BIOS settings, disable the integrated soundcard.
  5. (mandriva only) The Control Centre will say  that you have no sound card, but you do!
  6. The volume control applet will disappear forever (saying it’s obsolete or something). Create a launcher to gnome-alsamixer (on GNOME) or whatever graphical mixer you have on KDE.

The mixer will have 2 sliders: PCM and Mic. There’s also a Mute flag and 2 flags that control the LED lights on the soundcard. You can switch the lights on and off, though it has no purpose.

When you plug headphones in, you’ll have to mute and unmute the sound to turn it on. The same goes for plugging headphones out.

Otherwise, everything works. MIDI works perfectly with QSynth. Recording audio works very fine.