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Post  jpisini on Sun May 16, 2010 11:34 am

I have been away from most on-line communities recently due to personal issues and was just wondering how everyone was doing lately.
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Post  Admin on Sun May 16, 2010 11:44 am

jpisini wrote:I have been away from most on-line communities recently due to personal issues and was just wondering how everyone was doing lately.

I been good, guess all that bad luck in begining blessed the year. How you been?

Only thing that has not been too well, is having problems finding testers and aftr we got the hosting to host PhoenixOS not too many people downloading it

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Re: How is everyone?

Post  jpisini on Mon May 17, 2010 8:14 am

I have been doing OK. My wife's treatment is doing well her tumors have shrunk so we are very happy about that. I have been dealing with the children and their issues for the most part with both their mother and grandfather diagnosed with cancer at pretty much the same time we have seen some behavior problems, it is understandable under the circumstances. The new job has been going well I am a Linux/Unix systems administrator now and I am really enjoying getting paid for doing what I love.

I tried the Karmic based Phoenix and while I enjoyed it I had a few issues when I would do a sudo su I noticed most of the KDE3 applications were not in the path so you had to do use the full path. The structure for new users was a little strange as a good portion of the customizations didn't seem to carry over to any new users. I just copied the default user to /etc/skel and then recreated the new users. I also noticed no matter what I did my wireless would not auto connect on start up I could right click it and say connect and it would work so not sure what the issue with that is. I didn't end up keeping it as Karmic does not see my sound card. I started having issues with my laptop so having just gotten a tax return back I bought a Compaq cq61-420us it is decent enough for what I do not super fast but faster than what I had ( it was cheap though got it on sale for $400 with full warranty ) and most of the older distros have issues with either the wireless, sound card, or both. I am currently running Lucid on it but I am not 100% happy with that I am still looking for other solutions.

How is the new store working out for you? I hope you are busy.
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Post  Admin on Mon May 17, 2010 5:59 pm

jpisini wrote:I have been doing OK. My wife's treatment is doing well her tumors have shrunk so we are very happy about that. I have been dealing with the children and their issues for the most part with both their mother and grandfather diagnosed with cancer at pretty much the same time we have seen some behavior problems, it is understandable under the circumstances. The new job has been going well I am a Linux/Unix systems administrator now and I am really enjoying getting paid for doing what I love.

I tried the Karmic based Phoenix and while I enjoyed it I had a few issues when I would do a sudo su I noticed most of the KDE3 applications were not in the path so you had to do use the full path. The structure for new users was a little strange as a good portion of the customizations didn't seem to carry over to any new users. I just copied the default user to /etc/skel and then recreated the new users. I also noticed no matter what I did my wireless would not auto connect on start up I could right click it and say connect and it would work so not sure what the issue with that is. I didn't end up keeping it as Karmic does not see my sound card. I started having issues with my laptop so having just gotten a tax return back I bought a Compaq cq61-420us it is decent enough for what I do not super fast but faster than what I had ( it was cheap though got it on sale for $400 with full warranty ) and most of the older distros have issues with either the wireless, sound card, or both. I am currently running Lucid on it but I am not 100% happy with that I am still looking for other solutions.

How is the new store working out for you? I hope you are busy.

I am happy that your wife is doing better and will keep her in our prayers.

I have copy & pasted all your comments above and added to bug report. The next release will fix problems that you mentioned and I just happen to have that laptop in stock here, so I will PERSONALLY test it on that laptop and make sure it works with wireless/sound/video flawlessly.

New store is working out great, only problem we have is no air conditioning. In FL thats kind of a necessity. We purchased one portable ac, just need one more then it should be cool here.

Welcome back!

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Re: How is everyone?

Post  jpisini on Mon May 17, 2010 7:45 pm

Can't wait to see the next one. Let me know if you need help testing.
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Re: How is everyone?

Post  jpisini on Mon May 17, 2010 10:57 pm

I found this online but haven't had a chance to reinstall to try it for the sound. Tried it live with no results. I will try in the next few days to see if this works on install or not. Forget about wireless I figured out it was my own fault for not clicking through every screen auto connect is on the last screen.

nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
add at the end of the file:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop


Here is my lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge Alternate
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 9602
00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3c)
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Device 9712
02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
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Re: How is everyone?

Post  jpisini on Tue May 18, 2010 6:44 pm

The above didn't work for me.
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Re: How is everyone?

Post  Admin on Wed May 19, 2010 9:27 am

jpisini wrote:The above didn't work for me.

Ok Good news and bad news.

Bad news is didn't work here either and this is the same laptop you have. Good news is the new version of PhoenixOS (which codename hasnt been appointed yet) works has sound working! So for an alpha off to a good start. This version is a different base, will make an announcement soon.

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Re: How is everyone?

Post  jpisini on Wed May 19, 2010 11:18 am

Good to know I am assuming you are basing it on Lucid which does indeed work on this box. I have noticed Kubuntu to be a bit pickier about the video on this system vs Ubuntu which I find odd as they use the same base. I haven't tried any of the others like Xubuntu. When I tried Debian on this system I noticed sound was very scratchy I didn't really look into it as Lucid, Mandriva, and PCLinuxOS all had sound out of the box. Karmic works very well except the sound. Well I am currently using Phoenix Karmic and will look forward to the next release. If you need help testing I am more than willing. Of course since you have the same machine you can test a lot quicker in house but I could do QA type testing rather than hardware based.
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thread hijack alert...

Post  Bob3 on Wed May 19, 2010 1:55 pm

Not to hijack the thread (much) Evil or Very Mad but:
...only problem we have is no air conditioning. In FL thats kind of a necessity.
Just got an email from my youngest (in Germany). One of the projects discussed is a solar AC unit, fairly well suited for retail store use because the AC wouldn't be needed (as much) at night, when the store is normally closed.
I'll keep ya posted. Cool
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Post  jpisini on Wed May 19, 2010 2:46 pm

That sounds like a great idea, one of those why didn't I think of it things.
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Re: How is everyone?

Post  jpisini on Tue May 25, 2010 8:54 am

OK here is a twist under Phoenix Karmic I do indeed get sound but only from the head phones it is almost like it thinks the head phones are always plugged in. Under Lucid I get sound as normal so this must be a driver thing that is fixed in software. I tried upgrading ALSA manually but that didn’t seem to help so I am not sure where to go with this from here. I figured I would post just in case anyone else had the same system and were wondering what to do. At least now I can plug a headset in and listen to my music not a perfect solution but usable.
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Re: How is everyone?

Post  hqlinux on Tue May 25, 2010 9:49 am

I am building a new computer. I bought a Canon HD video camera, but working with the video files choked my latest box...

The basic specs of my new box:

1. THERMALTAKE VG4000SWA aluminum full tower case w/ OCZ OCZ700GXSSLI-B 700w nVidia SLI certified power supply

2. ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard/3 x pci-e 2.0x16/4 x DDR3/6 x SATA 6Gb/s /2 x USB 3.0

3. AMD HDT90ZFBGRBOX PHENOM II X6 1090T Black Edition 3200MHZ 9MB (6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3) AM3 125W Processor

4. OCZ OCZ3G1866LV4GK Gold Low-Voltage 8GB total--- (2) kits of(2GB x 2) dual channel 240-pin pc3-15000 DDR3 1866mhz 10-10-10-27 DIMM desktop memory module

5. Palit NE5T240SFHD01 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 pci-e 2.0 x 16 hdcp ready video card Sonic Version, GDDR5 up to 3780 MHz with 1GB Memory

6.(2) Each of Asus DRW-24B1ST SATA 24X DVD / CD Burner Rewritable Drive (OEM) - Black

7. For my boot drive (In a Kingwin SATA rack system, of course):
HITACHI HDS721010CLA332 / 0F10383 Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" internal hard drive

8. (2) Data Drives that I am going to set up in a RAID 1 (mirror): HITACHI HDS722020ALA330 / 0F10311 Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" internal hard drive

9. ASUS 25.5" VW266H 1920 x 1200 20000:1 2ms full HD widescreen TFT LCD monitor w/ speakers - Black

10. Microsoft GLC-00736 Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT English DSP OEM 1-Pack Shocked Shocked Shocked

I plan on trying various flavors of Linux on my rack system, but for my video editing, I will be using Adobe Premier and Windows 7 Ultimate... Shocking, I know, but you need to use the right tool for the job. If anyone knows of a better way using some Linux video editing program, let me know. I will try it out on one of my racks that I am going to use for Linux.

Most of the parts are going to show up in the next few days... I can't wait to start building my new system.

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Post  jpisini on Tue May 25, 2010 9:59 am

Hey Harvey long time no see. That looks like a great box let us know if you try Phoenix on it.
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Post  hqlinux on Tue May 25, 2010 10:10 am

jpisini wrote:Hey Harvey long time no see. That looks like a great box let us know if you try Phoenix on it.

I plan to test Phoenix, Ubuntu, Fedora, and probably several others... I have gotten kinda fond of Ubuntu due to it's constant updating and stability. I even screwed up the dist upgrade by stopping it too early (my bad... my fault entirely***) and I was still able to recover using dpkg and booting to the command line a few times to make some adjustments... long story short... 10.04 installed and working GREAT with nary any data loss...

Harvey

***The upgrade program was working in the background, and I got a "little impatient" ... Wink Very Happy
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Post  Deffi on Tue May 25, 2010 10:58 am

jpisini wrote:OK here is a twist under Phoenix Karmic I do indeed get sound but only from the head phones it is almost like it thinks the head phones are always plugged in. Under Lucid I get sound as normal so this must be a driver thing that is fixed in software. I tried upgrading ALSA manually but that didn’t seem to help so I am not sure where to go with this from here. I figured I would post just in case anyone else had the same system and were wondering what to do. At least now I can plug a headset in and listen to my music not a perfect solution but usable.

Saw your post and thought I'd do a little experiment as I only have sound for skype and the computer signals. I booted into the Stealth (karmic) Phoenix and tested a CD with speakers and headphones. The computer recognized an audio CD and I tried to open it with Amorak. Amorak failed to play it although there was some movement on the visual display. That was with both speakers or phones. I thought it might be my CDram/rom, so I rebooted back into Flamehawk (Hardy) and did the same experiment and Amorak loaded the disc immediately, listing the tracks and played with no problems. I know this does not answer your problem but it might point towards where it lies.

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Post  Bob3 on Tue May 25, 2010 12:55 pm

10. Microsoft GLC-00736 Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT English DSP OEM 1-Pack Shocked Shocked Shocked
Well, from what the "minimum hardware resources" are needed to run the basic windoze OS, you might get way better performance running XP.
One of the big micro$sft turnoffs for me is the way they keep needing more & more hardware just to run a system.
Might want to consider installing a dual boot XP - 7 on the thing & do some comparative test runs to see which gives a faster run.
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Post  jpisini on Tue May 25, 2010 1:29 pm

To be fair Windows 7 is much better than Vista so they have made some strides in usability and performance. Of course I would personally use XP over either of one off those two myself. I am also the same person that refuses to let KDE 3 go so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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Post  hqlinux on Tue May 25, 2010 2:50 pm

Bob3 wrote:
10. Microsoft GLC-00736 Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT English DSP OEM 1-Pack Shocked Shocked Shocked
Well, from what the "minimum hardware resources" are needed to run the basic windoze OS, you might get way better performance running XP.
One of the big micro$sft turnoffs for me is the way they keep needing more & more hardware just to run a system.
Might want to consider installing a dual boot XP - 7 on the thing & do some comparative test runs to see which gives a faster run.

The problem with XP is that it only recognizes approx. 3 GB of RAM. My new box will have 8 GB's... Wink Not to mention, the newer hardware has some problems with drivers for XP on the motherboard.

Just so you know, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate have what is called : Windows XP mode, which allows you to run software in 32 bit mode.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx

To learn more about Windows XP Mode, visit the Windows Virtual PC website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/

The reason I got Ultimate was I got a pretty decent price... So it was worth it to me. I have played with Windows 7 Home Premium, and quite frankly... I was IMPRESSED. I was even able to partition my hard drive with nary any data loss, and I set up to extended drives in under 10 minutes total. Pretty impressive. I truly think that Microsoft FINALLY got it right with Win 7... other than I think they could lower the prices, somewhat, but all in all... an IMPRESSIVE OS... Very Happy Cool

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Post  jpisini on Tue May 25, 2010 3:24 pm

While XP mode is neat you can do the same thing with Virtual Box or VMWare the only difference is that with Pro and up the license is included.
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Post  hqlinux on Tue May 25, 2010 5:11 pm

jpisini wrote:While XP mode is neat you can do the same thing with Virtual Box or VMWare the only difference is that with Pro and up the license is included.

You know me... I want to be legal... Smile

The advantage of using the XP mode in Win 7 is that it is totally integrated into the OS with no extra layers of virtual pc problems.

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Post  jpisini on Tue May 25, 2010 9:08 pm

Nothing wrong with paying for something you are going to use my friend.
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