Re: [LAU] hardware - Intel CPUs

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Date: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:08 am

On 04/17/2014 09:53 AM, Len Ovens wrote:

> On Wed, 16 Apr 2014, david wrote:

I think I would, too. When I was playing bass on stage ages ago, I don't
think I got more than 20 feet from my amp. I wasn't a singer, so no
need. The one point where we needed cable was when the lead guitarist
and I would finish one song by somersaulting across the stage while playing.

My church band's former music director used to wirelessly hook his
guitar into the system, then walk around while we rehearsed so he could
hear how things sounded in the auditorium. That was in the days when we
could get the place whenever we wanted to set everything up for
rehearsal. Our sound tech has gone around with a soundmeter in our new
location and fiddled with levels. And if one of us has to miss practice
(our rule is you don't get to play that Sunday), we try to sit various
places and afterwards talk about how things sounded.

>>> However, it looks like I can still get lots of MB with PCI slots in

I think mine has a clump on IRQ16. I thought leaving behind the old IBM
AT bus architecture was supposed to free us from IRQ problems?

> I have noticed that on any of the MB I have checked or seen irq maps for

I've discovered on my desktop that if I disable the onboard audio (which
I don't use at all), ALSA doesn't load or start. But that motherboard on
that is starting to have problems - sometimes it will boot up with a
blank screen for a moment or so, then the BIOS display appears with a
red warning that the "last overclocking setting failed". Which is odd
because I have never and am not now overclocking it. I guess if it
finally goes out I'll replace it with an Intel board. I like the Haswell
architecture, it gives my laptop great performance while maintaining
battery life (about 3.5hrs with my 2.4GHz i7). The previous model used
slower Intel chips to squeeze out that battery life. Now if only video
support for the HD4600 chip gets better - playing MP4s or other video
formats results in frozen image except for a band or two that change.
Ubuntu 13.10 can play video on it (if you install a bunch of libraries
from outside the Ubuntu reality), so maybe it's just taking some time
for Ubuntu's X tweaks to get back into the general X codebase.

> I know that in theory that shouldn't happen because there are two part

Sure! I even had decent audio working on my old effectsbox laptop, which
was an old Toshiba with a 2.8GHz Celeron and only 768MB of memory. It
was old before it landed in my collection! (Audio quality was fine.
Processor, on the other hand, was not really up to the job!)

Toshiba laptops used to be really easy to use with Linux; Toshiba used
"bog standard hardware" (as a friend of mine called it) and everything
had full, mature Linux support. Don't know about current Toshibas.
They've probably been pulled further into the Windows orbit since then.

David W. Jones
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Re: [LAU] hardware - Intel CPUs, Len Ovens, (Thu Apr 17, 7:59 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware - Intel CPUs, david, (Fri Apr 18, 7:08 am)
Re: [LAU] hardware - Intel CPUs, Len Ovens, (Fri Apr 18, 7:01 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware - Intel CPUs, Will Godfrey, (Fri Apr 18, 7:27 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware - Intel CPUs, Joel Roth, (Fri Apr 18, 7:52 am)
Re: [LAU] hardware - Intel CPUs, david, (Fri Apr 18, 7:57 pm)