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  1. Thanks Duane! XFCE, I think thats the DE that is used on Gentoo which I have on System Rescue CD. Think I'll give that a go and see how it works out on this system! If I remember right, its also the same one I was running live on the old Dell system that has a stick of 512 that is bad. I actually got tired of trying to make it crash, had so much opened up at once and finally was so bored I gave up. Just couldn't load up that stick of RAM enough to get it to the point where it crashes due to finding the bad block. As a side note.. I almost had an ASUS M2NPV-VM with Athlon 64 x2 5000+ for $20 from eBay. But I got outbid last possible second Oh well, win some - lose some.. got to stay positive.
  2. Thanks Bruce I'm looking through the log files in /var/log so far there doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary. Just everything loading or installing, no errors or warnings. Not all of them open though. There is one file called faillog, when I try to open it get a message that says it is an unknown file type. After playing around a bit more it seems I was wrong about flash causing crash problems. Must be something else, but not seeing what yet. When I reboot and Ubuntu loads up I go to System Monitor and memory shows as 99% in use with nothing at all running. I need to do a double reboot for memory to clear out completely. Everything listed under running processes does not seem to be culprit as nothing listed there is using any more than maybe 1-2MB at most. Well if its a hardware problem, or specifically a memory problem then its more cost effective to just ditch this system and get new. Memory is too expensive for this ~7 year old board. Most DDR I see is about $50 per 1GB. I'm better off just buying a new system that runs on DDR3 which I've priced out to about $20-$25 per 1GB. I may try a few more things for now, just to fill in my spare time until I get something new.
  3. I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 right now since so far it is the ONLY OS that will run stable on this machine... Windows, OpenSuSe, Linux Mint all crashed during install or a short time afterwards. So must be done in Ubuntu as its the only one that has fully installed, updated and runs at least partially. My network adapter was giving most trouble, it is wireless N PCI card (Azio AWD102N). I tested it by putting it in an old Dell system and running from a Gentoo live CD (Dell system has no hard drive, it died and I have no spares at the moment).. well the card seems to be working just fine that way. I won't completely rule out the possibility that its starting to go. Hard drive, USB, graphics all seem to run way too slow.. acting almost as if the system has no memory at all. Websites load fine, but sites with flash make the whole system crash. At this point, I'm suspecting a problem with either the memory or the motherboard. Tested the memory with System Rescue Disc 1.5.7 and the result is not showing any problems. The RAM is 512MB PC 2700 DDR333, I have no idea what brand it is. There's no labels on it and utility programs even list it as unknown brand. No heat spreader, just looks like a regular stick of memory. The other day I did happen to notice that the system time (clock) was wrong, and each time I would reboot the time would go back to 00:00 I changed the CMOS battery and so far the time stays as it should. All other problems still remain though. BIOS - DDR voltage is at 2.6v (can be set to 2.6 or 2.7) DRAM timing is 2.5, 7, 3, 3 AGP aperature 128MB (default) CPU fan - 2940RPM CPU temp - 30C SYS fan - 2400RPM SYS temp 18C Any diagnostics I can run in Ubuntu that will determine if motherboard needs to be replaced?
  4. Thanks for the info Terry Seems wise to just stick with ALSA then!
  5. I'm not yet able to completely verify this, but will see if I can determine just specifics. Might be just in Ubuntu, I'll try OpenSuSE to see if I get similar results! So far, running Ubuntu 9.10 and hardware wise AOpen MX4SGI-4DN2 onboard audio or Turtle Beach Santa Cruz PCI 5.1 sound card. Never have any problems with sound at all using just the onboard audio. Installed the Santa Cruz card, disabled onboard audio (this is correct procedure right?).. I have audio from the card but it keeps disabling at random. The problem is remedied by removing Pulseaudio: sudo apt-get purge gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio pulseaudio Seems that Pulseaudio either doesn't play well with the audio chipset on this card, or maybe could be just the specific card itself? From a google search all info I find about the card says that it's 5.1 channel. I see it labeled as having 'front' 'rear' and 'VersaJack' outputs. Maybe the 'VersaJack' is the problem? [email protected]:~$ lspci 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P PCI to AGP Controller (rev 02) 00:06.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P Processor to I/O Memory Interface (rev 02) 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02) 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02) 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02) 00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02) 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02) 00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) IDE Controller (rev 02) 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller (rev 02) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV44A [GeForce 6200] (rev a1) 02:05.0 Multimedia audio controller: Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24/30 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator] (rev 01) 02:0a.0 Network controller: RaLink RT2760 Wireless 802.11n 1T/2R Cardbus
  6. Trying to determine whether or not this stick of RAM is problematic or what. I've got 2x 512MB of DDR333 PC2700. When I have both in my AOpen board it shows up as 1GB both in BIOS and in Ubuntu 9.10 and all will run alright. But after about 20 - 30 minutes of up time system will randomly reboot itself, programs will crash and eventually system just freezes up completely with Caps Lock and Scroll Lock LEDs on keyboard flashing. Problems go away when I remove just one of the 2 sticks of RAM. Now for the baffling part... the stick that causes problems is now in my old Dell Dimension 2350 and running perfectly. I'm running SystemRescue-Cd 1.5.7 tested RAM using Memtest86+ v4.00 and no errors at all. So booted up the rescue disc, running OpenRC 0.6.1 --> Gentoo Linux (XFCE4). I'm actually posting this from there right now running LIVE from the CD and RAM that been causing trouble. There's NO HDD in this system!! So far its been up and running just fine for at least 2 hours. Even more baffling... I tried running Ubuntu 8.10, Ubuntu 9.10 and OpenSuSE 11.2 (all GNOME) from LiveCD and NONE of them would run at all. All 3 locked up during loading and I had to shut down the system with power button. I'm gradually opening up as much as possible and trying to load up the memory to see if I can get it to crash at any certain point. That should indicate if only a portion of the whole amount is good I would assume... so far, no matter how much I load it up all is still running quite smoothly. Anyone have any ideas what could be the deal here? Side note, I've also tried Windows XP and it yields the same results. Only XFCE Linux will load and run.
  7. JustinP526

    Sound Quality

    I'm currently running Ubuntu 9.10 (may switch to OpenSuSE or even Mint) and using Banshee 1.6 Beta 2 (1.5.1) it was in the repos or software center, I forget which It's a nice player (much better than Rhythmbox) and even has an EQ Pretty decent EQ, not best, but will suffice. Though, 29Hz and 15kHz don't increase or decrease at all. The sliders move, but don't make any difference in frequency response So basically my audio is limited to approx. 59Hz - 8kHz (+/-) in frequency response:thud: Maybe this is just a limitation of the onboard audio? Think I'll try putting an old PCI sound card in there (Turtle Beach Santa Cruz) and see if that makes a major impact or not. Plus side will be that I haven't used that card in so long I really don't remember if it still works, so guess I'll find out As a side note, yes I am that picky about my audio! I've gotten quite into Hi-Fi. My best equipment at the moment is a 1979 Sansui 6060 (have had better though) and some 1959 EV Wolverine!
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