• History of the Entertainment Center

    12 Nov | 05
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Right now in my entertainment center I've got a Sony Vega TV, Yamaha RXV-1000 receiver, GoVideo VCR, TiVo, Slink-e, and an HP Vectra VL400 computer with KnoppMyth installed. The receiver and the VCR both have serial ports and are hooked into the Linux computer, along with the Slink-e. The TiVo has an ethernet card in it, but currently does not run the web server since it tends to cause the TiVo to lock up and reboot. I wrote a daemon about 5 years ago to manage my entertainment center...

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  • Why is VNC so slow?

    17 Sep | 05
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Ok, this is just a rant more than anything. I've been using VNC for years, and I just don't understand why over anything less than a 100baseT link it's so unusable. And even over 100baseT it's marginal. I connect via any client to a remote X11 VNC server, and bring up a terminal and start typing, and it LAGS by minutes! Why is it so hard to send the 10x10 pixel block of the last character I typed? What the heck is it sending back and forth during that entire time before it does...

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  • Where's the power management?

    09 Mar | 05
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Played a bit with the power management today. Couldn't really it get it to do much that'll be useful. I turned on the ACPI in the kernel and turned off APM and rebuilt/rebooted. My power button stopped doing an immediate shutdown and I could cat a file and see everytime I pushed it, which was neat. When I tried to put the computer into S3 it went to sleep, but didn't quite want to wake up. Had problems with both the video and the USB keyboard/mouse. I also had no luck at all finding...

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  • Woo! Advmame runs!

    07 Mar | 05
    • in Computers • 
    • in MAME • 
    • by FozzTexx

    After much tinkering I finally got advmame to fire up Donkey Kong! It was a problem with the framebuffer driver. Sort of. :-) The site that the driver originally came from used an old style of separating the boot args. It said that you separate args with a : and the values with an =. Well, under the 2.6.11 kernel it's args with a , and values with a : This is what I'm using for a boot arg: video=i810fb:xres:1024,bpp:16,hsync1:30,hsync2:65,vsync1:50,vsync2:100,accel,mtrr Unfortunately it...

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  • Bootsplash and netboot

    07 Mar | 05
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    The new computer I'm using has PXE built-in to the motherboard, so I've switched the way I'm booting the computer up slightly. I'm now use the PXE stuff of SYSLINUX. Unfortunately I don't remember how I had the bootsplash stuff setup with the old way. I'm also having problems with bootsplash. I got the latest patches from www.bootsplash.de but so far when I play with the splash util, it complains that it can't find /proc/splash. I'm guessing this has something to...

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