Please work!

Knowing from bitter experience that kit and systems can let you down when you most need them around 6:30pm I set about setting up my systems for recording. “Oh no?” no network on the Fedora box?

behringer-Q502Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know I’ve just taken ownership of a Behringer Q502 mixing desk. Last night , full of excitement,  I looked forward to recording episode 69 of The Dick Turpin Road Show.  I should point out that everything was fine with my Fedora 19 machine as I had spent the whole of the previous day doing test recordings.

Knowing from bitter experience that kit and systems can let you down when you most need them around 6:30pm I set about setting up my systems for recording. “Oh no?” the network is not working on the Fedora box? Now I know I could have restarted the network but hey, let’s do a reboot anyway. Still no network? OK, lets not faff about, I don’t really need Internet access on this machine as in this instance it’s just a large, if expensive, recording device. “Oh no?” I can’t mount /dev/sdb1? keeps moaning about FUSE? Did modprobe fuse, nothing? And this is where I save the recordings! Lets look in Settings. Hang on, it can’t see my network card, sound card or recording device? This is serious!

PartedMagicSo there I was boys and girls thinking “Looks like no recording tonight?” but hey, we tdtrs’ers are made of sterner stuff! I whipped out a Parted Magic Live CD to see if the hardware on my motherboard had failed. Nope, boots fine, I’m on the Internet and can play music. Parted Magic is pretty much a self-contained distro anyway with a browser, tools and most of the features you find on any basic Linux release. “Right lets download Ubuntu.” now that may surprise some people as I have been tagged as an Ubuntu hater, which is pretty unfair tbh. I don’t hate the distribution as such I just hate the cobblers that comes out of Canonical and the Ubuntu community about it. Anyway, I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 to /dev/sdb1 (Which can be mounted I hasten to add) then used xfburn within Pmagic to burn the iso. Rebooted with the 12.04 Live CD so now we are running Ubuntu in memory.

Networking is OK as is sound and I can access /dev/sdb1 right lets install Audacity (To memory remember) Cool, Audacity sees the Q502 and is recording device. Changed the temp location for Audacity’s recording within preferences to /dev/sdb1 as it was using memory then Matt and I prayed that my 8GB of memory didn’t run out as we set about recording EP69

Suprised CatAll in all this proves the saying “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Hats off to Ubuntu for a reliable distro, for Live CD’s and Matt’s encouragement of “The show must go on!” Sadly as of this moment I have no idea how to fix my broken Fedora I may well have to do a fresh install of something? 🙁

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Fedora 9 (The unfair review)

I hate people who do reviews on new distributions 20 minutes after the official release however I needed to vent my spleen as soon as possible with regards Fedora’’s latest offering, version 9 (Sulphur).

As far as I’m aware it was released slightly earlier than announced but I may be wrong anyway I supposedly downloaded the DVD via HTTP, I know they want you to use Torrents but they are crap in my opinion, unless you have a T1 connection you’ll get shafted most users close their connection once completed anyway, I know I do and the download speeds are abysmal compared to FTP. Anyway I left it downloading over night at work and the next day it had completed (Or so I thought) shoved a blank DVD-R in and got the size mismatch error “Hm, never mind lets carry on anyway” shoved the now burnt DVD disc in the ROM drive of my employers Dell GX150 (PIII 800, 256MB, 40GB) “And lo did it grind to a halt” at vmlinuz…….. no errors or anything just sat there like a scared rabbit caught in the headlights of my rage.

“OK I’ll download the ‘Net-install’ iso, I prefer that method anyway” after downloading and burning same thing it stuck about eight dots into the vmlinuz and refused to proceed. Now I did notice the installer dropped the background splash screen so that it was almost a ‘Text-Mode’ install could it be the Dell is not good enough? OK ripped out the hard drive containing my working Fedora 8 and shoved it into a Compaq D51s (P4 2GHz, 512MB) and away we go, plonked in the install URL and it happily chugged along. By now it was getting close to home time so I left it until this morning when I came into work it was waiting for me to re-boot.

I was presented with the new fangled login panel, I hate it, well it might not be that bad but I preferred the one I had before. From day one I’’ve used and liked KDE, Fedora 9 ships with KDE4 by default, now I know there has been lots of anguished screams about this so I was expecting huge improvements “Oh you young impressionable fool” its pants yes you can now resize the panel except a quarter of the bottom of mine is missing! I’’ve tried resizing it, the display and even the monitor all to no effect. The Icons on my applets cannot be changed I’’ve changed them but no they refuse to change then I clicked on the Trash can and it disappeared! “How the F do you get it back?” there isn’t a trash can applet in the choices so I was a bit stumped however after logging out and in again it reappeared like magic. Everything has changed of course slab menu instead of a list menu (Soon changed that by the way) Control Centre has gone its now similar to the Gnome set up. So far the only new things I’ve found is Dolphin file manager and this Clean Up tool to erase all your cookies, recent documents ect.

I did do an update, which was fun, a panel popped up saying there was updates available I duly typed in my root password and the panel closed “What’s happening?” I knew it was doing something as the HDD light was flickering away but I had no GUI progress to watch once the HDD had stopped whirring I did a quick yum update from a terminal saw there was no updates available and so presume the update worked?

I’ve only been running Fedora 9 for a couple of hours so shouldn’t really comment on it but so far I’m not overly impressed especially as I’m now running a Gnome session as apposed to my normal KDE one.

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