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  • 4th Jun, 2005 at 10:39 PM

I've spent the entire day working in front of the television. Work on this computer has progressed very well and I'm able to do everything I can think of right now.

Early this morning, I used it as a terminal to SSH into work and do some hacking. Granted, I'm not able to use an 80×52 character terminal, but this was rather expected. gnome-terminal did very well and the sub-pixel anti-aliasing actually makes things fairly clear. Ha ha, we've come full circle again.

Sound was fairly easy to configure, although I'm sad that the sound card doesn't support hardware mixing. I guess I'll have to live with esd for a while longer. Then I spent a while trying to figure out why I could never play any video. It looks like XVideo is not working for the TV-out signal. I shall have to fiddle with it some more, perhaps. In the meantime, it looks like a mixture of X-SHM and OpenGL are going to be what I use. Playback is still very smooth, so I'm not complaining.

I suppose I should see if DVD playback is possible. I've never done that before, so it will be an exciting adventure of reading HOWTOs, I presume. Then perhaps I'll give DVD burning a shot. I'm pretty happy with this new setup: it gives me a nice terminal in the living room as well as an operational home theatre setup. It's been a lot easier than going out, getting a bunch of equipment and trying to find a place to store it.


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sailorfrag
5th Jun, 2005 06:36 (UTC)
I'm sure you're aware of this, but just in case... don't use esd for video playback. It has huge latency. It's awful. Why esd is even still used is a wonder, considering so many people have tried to make a better replacement (and some have even succeeded).

Lack of hardware mixing has actually been remarkably of little concern for me for the past few years (when I stopped using esd). Of course, since 99% of all audio on this computer is just gaim playing a little sound for "message received", I guess it's not all that surprising.
westacular
6th Jun, 2005 12:04 (UTC)
Given that you have a nice hardware-accelerated video overlay going to the wrong screen ... perhaps you do have hardware mixing, but you simply haven't found where it's going yet. Has your toaster been making any odd sounds lately?

It's been a lot easier than going out, getting a bunch of equipment and trying to find a place to store it.
That depends on exactly which type of patience you have.
sfllaw
6th Jun, 2005 19:46 (UTC)
Given that you have a nice hardware-accelerated video overlay going to the wrong screen ... perhaps you do have hardware mixing, but you simply haven't found where it's going yet. Has your toaster been making any odd sounds lately?

No no. Video's the problem, not audio!
westacular
7th Jun, 2005 01:17 (UTC)
So your toaster's making you see things?
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