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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Thanks to everyone who understand how lucky I am to get this. I tried to not take it, but he gets insulted easily and my wife told me just accept it gracefully.

    As to my questions in my OP, anyone know an answer?
    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...

    I don't deal with pulse audio but maybe this will help?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-814285.html

    Looks like it's from 2009, but it might still work for Lucid. I don't know.
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Quote Originally Posted by philinux View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    I don't deal with pulse audio but maybe this will help?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-814285.html

    Looks like it's from 2009, but it might still work for Lucid. I don't know.
    Thanks guys. I'll check those out.

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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Quote Originally Posted by sydbat View Post
    Tell me about it. I thought it might be a P4 or something, the way he talked about it.
    Dang! The P4's I've gotten a while ago are UPGRADEs for me! Now they're my "power" machines!

    I am like sooo far behind in the tech curve!
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Sound works without Pulse perfectly now. Can play music and other sounds at the same time through ALSA. Might be because I turn this box off at night and the reboot did the trick.

    Thanks guys!
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Nice. Both of my desktops were given to me by relatives free of charge, and I combined parts from other free machines to make them a bit better.

    The best free computer I have ever gotten is the one that I am using right now. It is a Dell Dimension 4600 desktop, the specs - 2.8 GHz P4, 1 GB RAM, and 120 GB HDD. I also got the monitor, keyboard, and speakers. Not an amazing machine, but not too shabby either.

    Before that, I had received two towers:

    A Sony Vaio desktop with a 1.8 GHz P4, 512 MB RAM, and 80 GB HDD.

    A Dell Optiplex GX240 with a 1.7 GHz P4, 256 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD, and a 128 MB nVidia GeForce FX 5200 card.

    I also had two desktops in my garage:

    A Gateway Mid-Tower with a 1.1 GHz Athlon, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB HDD, and a 64 MB nVidia TNT2 Pro card.

    A Gateway 2000 P5-200 with a 200 MHz Pentium I, 32 MB RAM, and a 4 GB HDD.

    I have since gutted the Gateway Mid-Tower and Sony Vaio and gave their parts to the Dell Optiplex, so it's current specs are: 1.8 GHz P4, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB HDD, and 64 MB nVidia TNT2 Pro. It currently runs Windows 2000 SP4 (which it came with) and *buntu 10.04 with vanilla Xfce. I plan on putting in the 80 GB hard drive and removing the 20 GB Windows 2000 drive in July after Windows 2000 loses support.

    I gave the 128 MB GeForce card to the Dell Dimension. It is running Windows XP SP3 and Ubuntu 10.04.
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    You know what my last free computer was? A 2.4Ghz Celeron >.< Which I setup as my encoding server!

    Takes 14 hours per DVD, but does the job

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    Re: I got a free computer...

    You lucky dog put linux of some flavor on it treat it nice!
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    Re: I got a free computer...

    Quote Originally Posted by Timmer1240 View Post
    You lucky dog put linux of some flavor on it treat it nice!
    As I mentioned earlier, I put Lucid on it.

    Took Windows off, as I haven't had to use Windows for 3 years and my bro-in-law has this "thing" about licensing (even though he wouldn't even be using the Windows that came with this box, he thinks it would be piracy...weird).

    Also, to update the sound issue, followed the threads posted above and reinstalled Pulse...seems to be running perfectly so far.
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