I’m computationally deaf

Recently buying a new hard drive, I thought it’d be a good time to install various versions of linux and see what I thought. I tried Musix, a music/audio-centric distribution, but it was too weird. I am only a musician as a hobby, and do programming on linux as a profession, and Musix, somehow, rubbed me the wrong way. Anyway, it was the first of my attempts, and so, could not be the last. Lately, I’ve been using ubuntu.

According to /etc/*-release:


Well, first off, the initial install is 1 CD’s worth of stuff. That means loads of stuff is missing. No problem, just do “apt-get install whatever-you-want”, right?

Fine, provided you know the magic name of “whatever-you-want”.

And so much stuff is missing. It’s a bare bones install. Nothing’s there. It’s crippling.

And, various things didn’t work right. Stellarium, after “apt-get install” didn’t seem to work with the right scrren resolution.

Just various things.

But, most maddenning was the audio situation.

root@zuul:~# lspci | grep audio
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: Xilinx Corporation RME Digi9652 (Hammerfall) (rev 08)
00:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB0400 Audigy2 Value
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)

I have a goddam RME hammerfall, like a $600 audio card. fine.

I have an audigy2 value, for every day audio. fine.

I have a piece of shit VIA piece of shit hooked to nothing, because hooking it to the electrodes of death would probably kill my computer, not just the VIA chipset.

Three sound cards one of them an 18 channel pro-audio monster.

Does sound work? fuck no.

Can you tell why not?

root@zuul:~# lsmod | grep snd
snd_emu10k1_synth       8192  0
snd_emux_synth         35456  1 snd_emu10k1_synth
snd_seq_virmidi         7936  1 snd_emux_synth
snd_seq_midi_emul       7680  1 snd_emux_synth
snd_rme9652            29088  0
snd_emu10k1           121248  1 snd_emu10k1_synth
snd_util_mem            5760  2 snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1
snd_hwdep               9988  2 snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1
snd_seq_dummy           4740  0
snd_seq_oss            32896  0
snd_pcm_oss            44544  0
snd_mixer_oss          17408  1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_via82xx            29208  1
gameport               16520  1 snd_via82xx
snd_via82xx_modem      16008  0
snd_ac97_codec         98464  3 snd_emu10k1,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem
snd_seq_midi            9600  0
ac97_bus                3200  1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_seq_midi_event      8448  3 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq                52592  9 snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_midi_emul,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_mpu401_uart         9472  1 snd_via82xx
snd_rawmidi            25472  4 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_emu10k1,snd_seq_midi,snd_mpu401_uart
snd_seq_device          9100  8 snd_emu10k1_synth,snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi
snd_pcm                79876  6 snd_rme9652,snd_emu10k1,snd_pcm_oss,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_ac97_codec
snd_timer              23684  3 snd_emu10k1,snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd_page_alloc         10888  5 snd_rme9652,snd_emu10k1,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_pcm
snd                    54020  19 snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_rme9652,snd_emu10k1,snd_hwdep,snd_seq_oss,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq,snd_mpu401_uart,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore               8672  1 snd

I doubt it.

My previous core-3 fedora (ancient) had no trouble with this hardware setup.
(Ok, getting the RME hammerfall to work *reliably* with 50 foot fibre ADAT cables (50 foot == out of spec) was problematic, but… at least youtube worked with my audigy2.)

So… as a person who’s works as a professional on linux storage drivers, who’s written audio applications on linux…. well, this ubuntu experience has not been fun.

Looking around for another distro.

~ by scaryreasoner on October 12, 2007.

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