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Comment Re:I'll never forget it... (Score 1) 103

So why not just buy a ps1? or even 2?

Try finding a working PSone that isn't overpriced. Early model PS2's also tend to have dvd drive issues. 50001's and later tend to be okay though.

The PS3 is more convenient, especially if you can find a CECHA/CECHB/CECHE PS3 which can run PS2 games. (ALL PS3's can run PSone games) The virtual memory card thing alone is nice. The only issue that bugs me is that if you use the PS3 you lose non-USB PS2 and PSone peripheral support, so no using the PSone mouse or the giant dual analog stick with the PSone port of Mechwarrior 2.

Most of the later PS2 peripherals were USB, thank goodness.

Isn't back compat on a subscription model from sony these days?

On the PS4, mostly, yes. There are a few HD remasters and PS4 re-releases though.

Comment Re:Mint (Score 1) 461

I'm a little late with my response.

Firefox:

Edit>Preferences>Advanced, then choose the General tab. Then uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available. You might also want or need to uncheck "use smooth scrolling" Then it should be back to normal.

Libreoffice:

Tools>Options>Libreoffice>View: Uncheck use hardware acceleration. Normally that works better than it does on Firefox so I leave that one checked.

Chrome:

Settings, scoll to the bottom and click advanced settings, then under System there should be "Use hardware acceleration when available" Again, this usually works fine enabled, it is Firefox that's given me trouble with it enabled.

Comment Re:Yeah, well (Score 1) 461

You don't use the dropdown to select which will be the default, you use the "set as fallback" button in the "Output Devices" tab of pavucontrol.

Also check the Configuration tab and make sure that a proper output has been selected for the "fancy" audio card. For example, my video card's HDMI audio shows 6 selectable outputs but only 3 work. Digital stereo HDMI (2), Digital Surround HDMI 5.1 (2) and Off. The others show as "unplugged"

Comment Re:Yeah, well (Score 4, Informative) 461

I changed my video card to one that had HDMI audio. If I want to use my fancy sound card, I need to prevent the system
from defaulting to the HDMI interface.

Your video card can output higher quality audio than your "fancy" audio card can, really.

(Mint 18.1) fails to make the old interface available in any of its configuration options. Blacklist the HDMI module? Now
I don't get any sound configuration interface at all. I fumbled around on the forums for days. Nobody had a solution that
that worked, much less one that a noob could grok.

pavucontrol, run it. If pavucontrol is not installed, install it, it has more configuration options and is apparently NOT installed by default in Mint 18.1 It will show BOTH your "fancy" sound card and HDMI audio and you can switch between them on the fly. In fact you can choose which output an application uses on an individual level. For example you could have XMMS outputting to HDMI, while rhythmbox is sending output to your "fancy" sound card.

IMHO pavucontrol should ALWAYS be installed by default on pulseaudio using systems

Comment Re:For the Republican readers (Score 1) 401

4. He imposed obamacare which doubled my monthly healthcare costs.

HE didn't raise your healthcare costs, your insurance company did, when people who didn't have insurance got some and actually started using healthcare to improve their lives! The insurance industry were STILL making insane profits, just smaller insane profits, so they raised prices. And they were able to do so because the government didn't have the power to stop them. Remember, if you get your healthcare from your employer, not from the exchanges, the ACA doesn't have anything to do with that.

Blame excessive unregulated capitalism, not Obama.

Comment Re:goddammit (Score 1) 322

It's not that anything that uses pulse is dead while jackd runs, it is that unless you have everything configured up right it will "appear" audio-dead. But if you DO have it configured up properly you can use applications that use pulseaudio while using JACK. I've done it.

Pulse HAS displaced ALSA, except for some of the bearded grognards. As for JACK, JACK is designed for more high end audio, especially real-time work. IIRC Pulseaudio wasn't capable of realtime operation until what was it, last year? And even then I've been told it can't do some of the source/sink tricks JACK can do.

That said, I run Fedora as a desktop, and pulse has worked well for me in Fedora since what was it, 15? That's when HDMI audio began working automagically without me having to manually configure it. (It worked BEFORE then, but required some manual config edits)

Comment Re:goddammit (Score 1) 322

Install qjackctl and start jackd? Youtube still works?

If will if you have it set up properly. The way Jack and pulse interact has changed in the past couple of years. If you're still using an older configuration it might not work properly.

Two ways of handling it:

load the module-jack-source module-jack-sink modules by default in the pulse configs.

Open Qjackctrl, In the set 'Execute script on startup' setting change it to:

pulseaudio -k

Then when you hit the button to actually start the server it kills Pulse for a moment, jack takes over, but then pulse restarts and interfaces with jack properly.

If you don't want to load those modules by default you can add the following to qjackctrl's 'Execute script after startup' setting along with the pulseaudio-k setting above:

pactl load-module module-jack-source;pactl load-module module-jack-sink

Comment Re:Switched to PulseAudio today - here's my story (Score 1) 322

3. If you're trying to set up 5.1 over optical SPDIF, may god have mercy on your soul. Good luck getting it to output 5.1 DTS. I was only ever able to get stereo, but I hear it's doable.

Pulse defaults to LPCM for higher quality and SPDIF can only handle 2 channel LPCM. You can edit the various config files to change that if pavucontrol isn't giving you an option to switch between various modes in the configuration tab.

Failing that, try HDMI, pulse can send up to 7.1 LPCM over HDMI.

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