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Old 01-14-2002, 08:42 PM   #1
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Question ATI Radeon, Soundblaster LIVE! 5.1, ALSA, compiling

I have a few questions on ATI Radeon, Soundblaster LIVE! 5.1, and ALSA. Brief history of my computer knowledge is that I started since I was 8 years old or 9 years old but it is blurr during those times. I said I started when I was 11 years old. Now 10 to 12 years later switching to another OS.

My ATI Radeon /w 64 DDR VIVO does very good but when I look at my x86free logs it said that it is using 1X AGP. Windows 98 or higher can take advantage of using 4X AGP but ATI drivers limits me to only 2x with my VIA KX-133 mb. Is there a way to increase the AGP in Linux. Is there other tweaks in x86free kernels that are similar to Direct3D and OpenGL settings in the display tab in Windows. I downloaded AV View but it needs ALAS. I mostly used my computer to watch TV. No, my Radeon card doesn't have RF connector. I'm using a non-playing/non-recording VCR for the tuner. Todays VCRs are a piece of junk they play and then quit after a couple of months. I can't find a descent VCR that can last for more than 75% of the year/lifetime.

The sound card, Soundblaster LIVE! 5.1, plays fine but it doesn't play on my subwoofer channel and center channel. How do I change the settings so that I have full control of my sound card like I do in Windows. No, I don't have the noisy/hissing Digial Cambridge speakers. My amplifier is several times better than them. I'm using a basic analog setup and using my home made speakers. I haven't seen A/V amplifiers beat a signal to noise ratio of 113 db and a bandwidth of 10hz - 100 Khz that produces 5 X 100 watts plus a subwoofer amplifier inside. Mostly PA amplifiers have wide bandwidth but signal to noise ratio is a little over 100 dB. PA amplifiers beats my amplifier's THD (0.09%) by several percentages.

Below is what I found:

The third question is ALSA. I would like to upgrade to a better kernel. I downloaded three packages but I don't know where I can extract the packages. Can I extract them anywhere? I read the How to compile but each programmer has different methods on extracting and compiling their code this goes the same as with the AV View that I mention earlier. I did install Opera but it came in a mdk file so it was easy to install. It said that it needs a file to be install. @%!# that! Then Opera worked. Excuse my language.

I started using using Mandrake Linux 8.1 last week and I like it better than Windows. I don't have to worry about my computer halting when booting up like it does in Windows. If you want to know more about my computer, go to my web site. My site is ok but I don't recommend you use Netscape 6 to view it. Netscape 4.78 loads it up fine so does IE.

I also need some help on LILO conf. My computer specs doesn't tell you that I'm using my 20 gigabyte hard drive for LINUX and a 40 gigabyte hard drive for Win98. Linux is on my Primary mb IDE controller and Win98 is on Primary HPT-370 controller. The first time when I installed Mandrake on a empty drive that had fat32. I was lazy and maybe impatient to completely erase the 20 gigabyte HD using IBM's utilties or a low-level format on it. When Linux was done installing (about 26 minutes later) I could boot into either Linux or Windows. Then I used IBM's utilities to erase HD and reinstalled Linux, I could not boot into Windows. That is o.k because my BIOS has about 10 devices of the three that I can boot from. I went to Highpoint and read their description. I read "when using Linux flash HPT bios to v2." I did Flash my system bios but that was easy. Flashing HPT bios is a little tricky because if I mess up I can't take out the chip and put in a workable HPT chip.

Below is a link of what my lilo conf looks like:

BTW, has anybody know any 3rd party software drivers for my video card that can be run in Windows 98. ATI's drivers and their softwares are pissing me off.
Old 01-15-2002, 01:54 PM   #2
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You can make XWindows use AGP X2, but making sure the following is in the Device section of XF86Config-4 (for XFree86 4):

Option "AGPMode" "2"
Option "AGPSize" "64"
So my section reads:

Section "Device" Identifier "ATI Rage 128"
VendorName "Unknown"
BoardName "Unknown"
Driver "r128" #
VideoRam 32768 #
Clock lines # Uncomment following option if you see a big white block # instead of the cursor! #
Option "sw_cursor"
Option "UseCCEFor2D" "false"
Option "AGPMode" "2"
Option "AGPSize" "64"
Option "DPMS" "on"
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stodge, I tried and it worked on 2X but I can't use 4X. Oh well. Might work in future x86free kernels.

Anything else that answers my last two questions.

ALSA is installed but where do I find the file to change the mixer settings.

Thanks for the help.
Old 01-16-2002, 09:38 AM   #4
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program is called amixer, 'man amixer' should help, or if youre using KDE just got to k>multimedia>mixer and change the settings...
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Did that, done that. I don't like to set all my mixers every time I boot into LINUX. The mixer settings don't save even though I hit save or save it to a file. Where can I find the file to edit like I did for my video card.


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