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April 24, 2013

Linux Mint don’t like me

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 6:51 am

So while I’m still dealing with building my new i7 PC, I still have my old rig which now consists of:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5ghz)
  • Mobo: Asus P5Q, LGA 775, P45
  • RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2GB x 4) DDR2 1066
  • Video: Asus GeForce GTS 520 (DDR3 1gb) (low profile, fanless)
  • HDD: Western Digital 160GB SATA HDD
  • PSU: Antec Basiq 500w

This is basically the same PC I’ve been using for the past 6 years, except I had “downgraded” the video card and HDD by replacing it with a smaller, and slower 160gb “green” WD drive.  I’m keeping the Geforce GTX 550 Ti, and my Velociraptor drive for my Sandy Bridge-E rig that I’m still trying to build for over a month now. I just shipped back the motherboard after using two different sets of ram with different brands, and different CAS settings this stupid mobo keeps seeing “abnormal” on any simm I place in slot D1, so it must be an issue with the motherboard.

So back to my old PC; I tried installing Linux Mint Mate 14, so I created a boot USB drive using an ISO-USB type loader, booted it and the login screen comes saying that it will login the user “mint” in 10 seconds. 10 seconds pass, screen kina goes weird, login screen comes back. This repeats over and over. If I manually logging as “mint” with a blank password, same thing. If i keep doing this enough times i get a message that X server has failed too many times.

Apparently looking at the log files, the X server (which is the GUI shell linux uses) keeps crashing. I have no idea why. The video card I have in this PC works fine, windows has no problems at all with it. So whatever default drivers Mint comes with just crashes Mint’s X server so there is no way I know of on how to install it. I’m far too clueless to use the command line to install the OS and manually install a nvidia driver to bypass X crashing. When I do get to the command line, I type startx and it just crashes again anyway.

I just tried a Ubuntu on a boot USB drive and it worked perfectly fine. I even watched a YouTube video that played fine; no issues at all. So is it just a bad nvidia driver in this Linux Distro? This little GTS 520 video card is slow, but it isn’t faulty. I’m gonna try some more Linux distros and see how they fair on this humble PC.

October 12, 2011

Ubuntu (again) 11.04 with Phoenix

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 6:42 pm

Is a fucking nightmare.  Let me point out first that I am using a rather old PC running Ubuntu 11.04, on an old Athlon XP 3000+ Barton with an nvidia 6200 w/ 256mb.  So no 64bit, and no SSE2. So that leaves out any mesh support, and Firestorm just doesn’t even bother launching. Phoenix runs, but just barely.

So the first problem I ran into was th new “Unity interface” that attempts to do what OS X Lion has done to the Mac, and what Windows 8 will do windows, by creating a touch-tablet friendly internface, and keeping the interface consistent across PCs, phones and tablets within the same brand.

While unity runs well on this old PC and it reminds me of Snow Leopard, but it introduces glitches into the UI because Phoenix Viewer is making assumptions about cursor placement. One is that if you run phoenix in fullscreen mode, Unity removes the top header border you see at the top, and leave a blank gap at the bottom of the screen. This offsets the cursor and Phoenix thinks your mouse pointer is hovering over areas about a half-inch above where your cursor actually is. Disabling Unity and using Gnome fixed this issue.

Any time i move, or minimize Phoenix and restore, the viewer basically locks up… ALMOST. If’s as if the framerate drops to one frame every minute. Just barely enough to keep my avatar logged in, but trying to do anything is utterly useless which forces a relog.  Switching back to Gnome ui didn’t fix this.

So the viewer runs just fine in Ubuntu with gnome, with “okay” frame rates.  No noticeable difference in performance when with windows on this same machine. But not as glitchy, just as long as i don’t minimize or do anything else on this computer, or Phoenix goes into limbo.

October 19, 2010

Phoenix & Ubuntu

I got Ubuntu 10.10 (x64) running on one of my PC, but I can’t get Phoenix Viewer to do anything.  The README instructions simply state you extract the .bz2 archive into any folder and simply type in the console Run ./secondlife from inside that folder. I understand that, but that does nothing.  Shouldn’t there be a folder called /secondlife for that to even WORK?   Since there isn’t such a folder, it obviously dosen’t launch the app.  Yes I do know I need 32bit compatibility environment files installed but if this app was installed properly it would have at least TOLD ME THAT, but it never gets that far since this install is half there!

I’ve also noticed that 10.10 app for reading archive files (.bz2) is fucking SLOW. Takes like 30+ seconds after double clicking got it to show anything, then to read a simple text file it takes a bit too long than it should take for a decent PC, and modern OS.

I’m starting to understand why Macs are better at these things.  When you download a new app, you just drag and drop the file into your applications folder, and you’re done (there may be other steps, depending on the app but that’s usually it).  You don’t even have to “extract” the compressed archive you download, which would take up more drive space.

Windows is still somewhat easy but you have to step though a wizard when you run the installer.  Microsoft has to make it more complicated than it really needs to be. The “installer” needs extra hard drive space than the application actually uses. It has to throw files all over your hard drive, and the REGISTRY file has to be updated.  The Windows registry file is the bane for this OS and is the root of a lot of it’s problems and bitrot.

Then you have Linux and some apps are a piece of cake to install, others make no fucking sense, and you have to dig into the console command line to get something working.  At least windows avoids having to deal with the command prompt when you’re installing something. I don’t think I had to drop into the old DOS command line in YEARS when dealing with software installs.  Not since  Windows 3.1 had I bothered using a DOS command line to deal with issues (other than for other reasons) but not to get an application installed and running.  Windows 3.1 was when the registry file started being used.

I’m also REALLY disappointed in this 10.10 release.  First I had issues with just installing it on my PC since it would never complete the install saying “ready when you are…” when there was nothing TO DO.  The Ubuntu Software center is fucking RETARDED, the search never finds anything I need that I know DO exist.  Searching for the 32bit environment files came up with NOTHING. WTF?  Same problem with Synaptic Package Manager, I can’t find anything I need on it.

Mac is good since they can keep things consistant, but they abandon and orphan old platforms in about 10 years.  Windows has to keep support for old legacy platform, and has no control on hardware so it’s always full of holes, yet maintains SOME user friendliness while complicating things it dosen’t need to, which simply get botched up over time. xUnix based OS’s are just overly complicated to start with. Since there are so many different flavors of it making it very inconsistent from one distro to another whcih just confuses end users like me.

October 17, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 7:09 pm

I am at my wits end trying to do a clean install of Ubuntu 10.10 (x64) on my AMD x2 64 PC. I’ve tried two different sources to download of the ISO, burned two different install CDs, and even swapped out and changed the drive cable on my DVD drive, AND  used a diffrent DVD drives to boot the CD from, and it always stops at the same place.

I also tried to make a boot USB drive on an old 2gb USB flash drive (via windows 7), but the crappy software used to make it was very SLOW and eventually just errored for some unknown reason while it was trying to create it.

It stops on the “Who Are you…” screen where I need to type in login name, password, and a name for the PC.  I know it’s still copying files onto to the hard drive, but it eventually says “Ready when you are….” and it still gives me no option to click Forward.  Clicking on the arrow next to “Ready when you are…” just doesn’t tell me anything.  Even the “skip” button that appears is grayed out. I don’t see any errors when I scroll up this little tiny console window. I get what looks like a command prompt, but nothing I type does anything, not even an error message, nor help works.  Why won’t it let me click the “forward” button to finish the install?

Is it bitching at me because it thinks my password is “weak?” Even if i change it to something stronger, the “forward” buttons still remains grayed out.  Keeping the password fields blank dosen’t change anything either.  WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?  I used 10.04 just fine in the past!  I guess I’ll have to install THAT and then see if I can upgrade to 10.10 online or something.

Though I’m thinking it may have to do with the old win7 install already on this hard drive. Maybe, since every time I try to install 10.10 the partition section of the installer still says it’s still there. So lets see if i can manually ZAP the partitions on there, make the drive completely partition-less, and see if I can get this OS installed.

Rig I’m running:
AMD Athlon x2 +4800 939 2.5ghz Toledo
Abit AN8 Ultra nForce4 socket 939
onboard sound
2x A-Data Technology DDR PC3200 1gb (2gb total dual channel)
nvidia 6800 GS 256m PCIe
WD5000AAVS 500gb Green
Lite-On LDW-4515 DVD+-RW single layer PATA
Antec SL300S 300w
Antec Lan party case

August 26, 2009

Linux Distros are still a pain in the ass

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:58 pm

Wanna know why windows is so popular?  because when you want to download and install an app, or a plugin/addon to an existing application you have, it just works.  Trying to do the same thing in a linux environment is damn near impossible.

I have an Asus EEE PC 900, and I hate it’s stupid linux install.  So i tried Windows XP, but it’s a bit too large for this little 4gb C: drive.  I had been using Windows 2000 for the the past 6 months or so, but it’s a DEAD OS now. The apps I want to use depend SO MUCH on newest version .net bullshit that the newest .net installer refuses to install on anything less than XP. It’s exactly like Linux where whatever you download either won’t do anything since the OS has no fucking clue what the file does, or the dependencies aren’t satisfactory.  What kina bullshit is this?

With Windows, you just download an installer, and it installs every thing you need.  Some installers are smart enough to download the files you DO need while it installs, and guess what it RUNS.  Why do i have to go though so much BULLSHIT with Linux and it’s umpteen zillion distros that are so fucking particular about every little thing that using this as an every day OS is practically worthless?

Yes I’m a linux noob, but for fucks sake how long has Unix/Linux been around vs Windows, or even Microsoft it self?  At least Microsoft shed it’s user-unfriendliness legacy DOS baggage 10 years ago.. why hasn’t linux gotten the same thing.  Could it be the fact that there is a zillion difffrent distros all trying to do thier OWN THING, while at the same time pretending to be “open sources” and interoperable when they ARE NOT to the average home user.  Sure if you’re a fucking unix NERD you can recompile apps to work on whatever distro you’re using, but when it comes to Joe Average tryng to install FUCKING FLASH pluging.. you’re SOL.

So I’m trying this Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my EEE PC 900.  IT SUCKS.  It has a nice looking UI that it calls it’s “netbook dekstop” that has all the apps you need to use right on screen, but it’s so fucking SLOW.  MY mouse skips and studders making me over shoot the icons of the apps I want to launch.  Ironically it looks like some kina bogged down FLASH GUI animation, since the icons pop when you hover over them, but it just makes my netbook choak. Fortunately you can turn this POS off and just get a normal GNOME desktop that doesn’t make my mouse stutter across my screen.

It comes with FireFox preinstalled (3.0.8) but it doesn’t come with flash plugin. So trying to download the flash plugin for it doesn’t work for the exact reasons i mentioned above.  No point surfing the web with out flash.

So I’m at a loss here.. what the fuck can I run on this shitty little netbook with it’s ANNOYING LOUD CLICKING FAN!  Man I sure did waste $600 on this little pile of shit.

UPDATE: Ubuntu updated it self allowing me to install Flash into FireFox. And the installer applet was then smart enough to install any dependancies it needed, and it installed fine. Yay!  From there I was able to also install Second Life, but it runs horribly on this little lappy. Next I’ll try QuakeLive.

August 2, 2008

Going back to Windows

Filed under: Gaming!, Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:49 am

For a couple weeks I was stuck using Ubuntu (8.02 x64) to get on SL.  My main windows PC was kaput and I just recently got it working again (new Mobo and PSU), and it’s a bit faster now.  The one thing I’ve noticed in SL is I often crash the client when I’m moving my camera around really fast across areas (ALT-CLICK-DRAG).  You can feel it about to crash when the game freezes for a moment, and you get the crash logger.  On ubuntu it does the same thing and it freezes too, but it dosen’t crash.  It seems to recover from the rapid juggling of textures and just keeps going. Where as windows just falls over and crashes, which if this happens too often you’ll need to clear out your texture cache (prefrences – networking – clear cache)

There is a lot to be said for the stability of Linux in general, but the actual usefulness of Linux towards end users isn’t as much as windows has established it self as. With the different flavors of Linux (and different choices for X) just dilutes how useful Linux can be since you don’t really have to worry if a particular app or driver will work with your flavor of windows as much as you do with the different distros of Linux (and Unix, BSD, and MacOS).

The biggest problem I had with Ubuntu and Second Life was that while it ran OKAY, it didn’t run as smooth as it shold as it did with Windows XP.  This apparently has to do with how the drivers are install in ubuntu.  If you use the internal automaticly updated nvidia drivers in ubuntu (and having to manually enable them) they don’t run at full tilt, and have some bugs.  When I minimize the viewer and restore it, the screen goes completly black and it’s bascially locked up.  there a little more going on than just that, but the result is you’re SOL, and just closing the viewer is an activity in futility.  It’s quicker to just reboot your PC to get back to a normal state of things.

Apparently if you install the drivers with out X running (pure console mode in root) the drivers that Nvidia supplies are more robust and less buggy, and mainly won’t crash SL when you minimize and restore.  But trying to acctually DO this is a pain in the FUCKING ASS.  Ubuntu dosen’t really have a simple way to exit out of the gui and drop into the shell, ru root, to just do this.  Even then you have “runlevels” you have to change so things run proper, but ubuntu renumber thier runlevels diffrent from the rest of the linux world since “init 3” launches GNU, instead of just giving me network access on the command line.  ARG!  I’m no linux expert but I’ve been using MS-DOS since the early 90s, and even in the 80s I was using command line OS’s so im no stranger to the text screen. But for fucks sakes xUnix command line is a pain.

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