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    I got a free computer...

    ...and I have it set up as a media server in my living room!!

    My brother-in-law decided that his old computer was starting to run too slow and went out and bought a new one. He asked me if I wanted this old one. Of course, being the geek I am, I said yes.

    To my surprise, this box turned out to be only 2 years old. The reason it was running slow was the amount of cat fur/dust bunnies living inside and clogging all the heat sinks. I asked him if he had ever vacuumed it out and he said he never opens his computers to clean them.

    So I cleaned it out and it runs perfectly fine.

    It is an Intel quad core with 4 GB RAM, 500GB HDD, a wireless network card that downloads faster than my wired box, a high-end sound card (that he could never get running under Windows, but works flawlessly OOTB with Lucid) and a nice nVidia graphics card. Everything works wonderfully on my 46" LCD.

    However, I have had to remove Pulse because it would not recognize the audio card properly. It did correctly find the analog 7.1 outs, but the digital out was only 2 channel. While I could set VLC to play with ALSA and 5.1 digital, I wanted to have everything come out of all 5.1 speakers of my home theatre receiver for every application. The only downside to removing Pulse is I can only have one app with sound at a time.

    Is there any way of getting ALSA to play more than one app's sound at a time? My wife likes to play a couple of video games while listening to music (so do I) and the sound from both is usually on.

    Or are there any configuration tools for Pulse (if I decide to reinstall it) that allow choosing which system-wide sound drivers I want...kind of like the way it used to be in Hardy?
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    My goodness, nice free comp!
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Quote Originally Posted by dragos240 View Post
    My goodness, nice free comp!
    Tell me about it. I thought it might be a P4 or something, the way he talked about it.
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Wow, great computer. I would've loved it.
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    People give computers like that away for free? Sweet deal.
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    since it's free: i can has?
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Better than mine :/ Mine's good enough for me though (except I need a new GFX Card).
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Quote Originally Posted by dragos240 View Post
    My goodness, nice free comp!
    Sure is, I would kill to get one of those for free...it's better than the old computer I am getting from my dad because he is replacing his. (And this one actually is a P4).

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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Lucky you! The last free computer I got was Intel Celeron with 128MB RAM and no hard disk. So I salvage whatever I had to built a whole computer with Lubuntu installed. That's a great computer.

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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Sounds good, but if you're using it for multimedia you should really be using Windows on it. Windows is alot better for multimedia and there are lots of really good apps.

    Each to their own though

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