User's Frequently Asked Questions

Submitted by Daniel on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 11:06


  1. The software sounds interesting, but I don't have a 64-bit computer (yet). Is there any way I can use this software, or help with testing?
  2. We also produce 32-bit x86 builds of the 64 Studio distribution for legacy hardware and embedded devices - see the Downloads page. The package selection is exactly the same as the 64-bit version, so when you do replace your PC hardware, you should have a smooth upgrade path.

  3. I've tried to burn the ISO image to DVD-R in Nero 6 for Windows XP, but it fails with the error: "Sorry, your compilation cannot be written on this kind of disc". Is there something wrong with the iso image?
  4. No, it's just that Nero 6's default settings don't seem to be compatible with ISO images which are too large for CD-R, i.e. greater than 700MB. Here's what to do:

    1. Open the "Nero Burning Rom" application. This is the main application, not the smartstart dialogue box.
    2. Select the Menu items: Recorder -> Burn image
    3. Select your 64 Studio ISO, from the directory where you saved it after the download.
    4. In the drop-down list in the top left of the "Burn Compilation" dialog that opens, select DVD, and then DVD image below that.
    5. Click Burn
    6. Wait for the burn to complete
    7. Enjoy!

    If you do not have access to a Linux box to burn the DVD, or a copy of Nero for Windows, we've had a report that MagicISO for Windows can burn 64 Studio DVD images correctly.

  5. Which packages are included in 64 Studio?
  6. You can browse the latest default package list directly on our development site.

  7. What are the minimum system requirements?
  8. Even quite old PCs will work with the 32-bit version, but we believe less than 256MB RAM and a Pentium II would be a false economy. Something like a Pentium IV with 512MB RAM works well enough for most tasks. If you need high performance, we would recommend the 64-bit version and an AMD64 dual core or dual processor system with at least 1GB RAM.

  9. My system freezes up during installation of the flashplugin-nonfree package, or during other network activity. Is there a work-around?
  10. The flashplugin-nonfree package downloads a copy of the Flash player from Adobe. Normally this isn't a problem, but it may be triggering a network chipset driver bug in the 2.6.21-RT kernel. Try disconnecting the network cable during installation, so that the install can complete. Then install a standard Debian kernel package from a USB key or other media, and see if the freeze-up problem goes away.

  11. Synaptic messed up my repositories, where can I find a list
  12. Here are the most important repositories for 64studio

    Stable 64 Studio repository
    deb 64studio main

    Debian etch
    deb etch main contrib non-free

    Security updates
    deb etch/updates main

    Bleeding edge 64 Studio repository, only for testers!
    deb 64studio main

    Backports repository, needed to get -dev packages
    deb etch-backports main

    Debian compatibility

  13. Can I use a Debian repository to get more packages for 64 Studio?
  14. Yes indeed, that's part of the design of the distro. For versions up to and including 2.0, you need to enable a repository like the following:

    deb stable main

    in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/64studio.list where 'uk' is your local Debian mirror, listed here:

    Of course you can use a secondary or local Debian mirror instead, which could be even faster.

  15. Is it possible to upgrade from a plain Debian Etch install to 64 Studio?
  16. Yes, by changing your apt sources to the 64 Studio stable or testing branches - see the upgrade page for details. You'll also need to import the 64 Studio key into your keyring:

    wget -q -O -|apt-key add -
  17. sshd is installed but I can't log in to the box - what's wrong?
  18. Unlike typical desktop installs of Debian, the SSH daemon is installed by default. However, sshd is not actually running unless you activate it, under Desktop -> Administration -> Services on the Gnome 'footprint' menu.

    Codec questions

  19. Why isn't there support for MP3 in some of the applications?
  20. Like many multimedia codecs, MP3 and other MPEG formats are patent-encumbered and subject to royalties - even when the encoder or decoder are free software. In addition, the GPL says you cannot take out a patent licence for GPL'd code unless the patent licence is fully GPL compatible (this is very unlikely to be the case). So far, it seems like the best solution to this thorny problem is to use the LGPL Gstreamer framework with Fluendo's patent-licenced plugins. We include a licenced copy of Fluendo's MP3 plugin in 64 Studio, which allows MP3 playback in the Totem media player. However, not all Linux applications support GStreamer plugins. Now you know why we like the free Ogg family of codecs produced by so much.

  21. I installed some extra audio applications from Debian, but MP3 playback doesn't work, giving me strange errors. Why is this?
  22. The libmad package in 64 Studio is a dummy package, due to software patents on the MP3 format (as explained above). You should install the libmad package from Etch if you intend to run applications which need this library.

    Audio interfaces

  23. Is there support for FireWire audio interfaces, such as the Presonus Firebox?
  24. Yes, some users have FireWire audio working on their 64 Studio boxes. See this page for a list of supported devices:

    However, we didn't include the FreeBoB driver in the 64 Studio 1.0 release, so you'll need to get the 2.0 release or later to have your FireWire interface working out of the box.

  25. I have multiple audio interfaces. How can I make sure they are given consistent device numbers by ALSA?
  26. As root, add lines like these to the end of your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file:

    alias snd-card-0 snd-emu10k1
    options snd-emu10k1 index=0
    alias snd-card-1 snd-rme9652
    options snd-rme9652 index=1
    alias snd-card-2 snd-usb-audio
    options snd-usb-audio index=2

    In this example, a Creative Labs Audigy is set to card 0 for normal file playback, an RME Hammerfall is card 1 for jackd, and a USB midi connector is card 2.

  27. The performance of my USB audio interface with Jack is poor. I can't get low latency without xruns, using the default Jack settings. What do I need to change?
  28. USB audio interfaces can act strangely when set to 2 periods/buffer, the usual default for PCI sound cards or onboard chipsets. In Jack Control, please set Periods/Buffer to 3 and Frames/Period to a fairly high figure, say 256 or 512. Then try lower Frames/Period settings until you reach the lower latency limits of your system. If you don't need full duplex, setting Jack to Playback Only or Capture Only will improve performance.

    nVidia driver questions

  29. I need 3D acceleration support for my nVidia video card - how do I install the binary drivers?
  30. There are currently three nVidia module packages in the stable APT repository. Which one to use depends on the model of your video card:

    • nvidia-kernel-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 (current nVidia cards)
    • nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 (96xx series cards)
    • nvidia-kernel-legacy-71xx-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 (71xx series cards)

    Replace -amd64 with -486 for the 32-bit versions.

    The first is the newest nvidia module (version 1.0.9755), which works on newer hardware but is not backward compatible. The other two are the legacy modules which work with "older" hardware.

    You'll have to install the relevant Xorg module as well:

    • nvidia-glx
    • nvidia-glx-legacy-96xx
    • nvidia-glx-legacy-71xx

    If you're unsure which legacy driver to use, there's a list of card model numbers which relate to each driver package at

    Once you've got these packages installed, you need to specify:

       Driver "nvidia"

    instead of:

       Driver "nv"

    in your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, otherwise the binary driver won't be loaded.

  31. I've been using the nVidia binary drivers from the 64 Studio repository, but my video card no longer works after an upgrade - what's up with that?
  32. As explained above, nVidia has now split its Linux driver so that the default install only supports the newer video cards. Please try the alternative modules:




    depending on the model number of your card.

  33. I used nVidia's own installer before, now I use 64 Studio's nVidia modules. After I rebooted the machine the system fails at loading the GLX module. How do I fix this?
  34. You probably need to delete some out-of-date symlinks for libGL under the /usr/lib/ directory.


  35. Gnome CD Master can't recognise my CD or DVD burner automatically - how do I know what settings to put in the Settings -> Configure Devices window?
  36. Probably you have some kind of permissions, groups or device ownership problem. In a terminal, run:

    $ sudo gcdmaster

    and check the Configure Devices window again. You should now be able to write down the settings, then manually add them when running Gnome CD Master as a normal user. But check your users and groups too.


  37. My Epson Stylus printer has stopped printing one or more colours, even though the ink levels are OK. Do I need to reinstall or reconfigure the driver?
  38. The most likely cause is a blocked inkjet nozzle. Make sure you have the escputil package installed, then run a nozzle check:

    $ sudo escputil -n -r /dev/usb/lp0

    ...assuming your Epson Stylus printer is the first USB printer. If not, use the appropriate printer device name. Should you discover colours are missing from the nozzle check pattern, run a head clean:

    $ sudo escputil -c -r /dev/usb/lp0

    Then run the nozzle check again. You may need to do the head clean a couple of times to get printing to work perfectly.


22 comments posted
Commercial DVD's will not play
Have downloaded and installed libdvdcss and libdvdcss2 (both with dependency files listed by Synaptic); however, I still cannot play DVD's! Uninstalled Totem. Downloaded and installed VLC Video Player (plus dependencies)... ditto -- can't play any commercial DVD. New to Linux. Really like 64 Studio's look and feel. Definitely need help getting DVD's to play!!!
Posted by DPid3000 (not verified) on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 23:55
Legal problems
For legal reasons we do not ship any DVD decryption software, and neither does Debian, so you must have got these libraries from a third-party site. Try the gxine and libdvdread3 packages from Debian Etch. These should play an unscrambled DVD (Region 0).
Posted by Daniel on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 10:29
When I use Inskape I can't use all its funkcions. It tells me to download PyXML. Where? I am a bigginer in Linux and I am not able to compile it.
Posted by Fresh on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 18:20
PyXML is called python-xml in Debian
You need the python-xml package from Etch. You can install this package via Synaptic if you enable the Etch repository and reload.
Posted by Daniel on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 12:23
Enable Nvidia Driver AGP FastWrite and Side Band Addres
First check if your NVIDIA card supports "fast writes" & "side band addressing" open a terminal and type the following command: "cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/card" which should give you something like this: Fast Writes: Supported SBA: Supported AGP Rates: 4x 2x 1x Registers: 0x1f000217:0x1f000314 If supported, then edit the file '/etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-kernel-nkc' and add the following line at the end of the file: "options nvidia NVreg_EnableAGPSBA=1 NVreg_EnableAGPFW=1" and then reboot. To check if you have succeeded execute the command in a terminal: "cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/status" Status: Enabled Driver: AGPGART AGP Rate: 4x Fast Writes: Enabled SBA: Enabled Source: ""
Posted by Takabuntu on Sun, 10/28/2007 - 22:39
Jack in VM
I am running 64 Studio in a virtual machine (VirtualBox) but I can't get Jack to connect. Is this possible in a vm. Mark
Posted by markf on Sun, 10/19/2008 - 17:34
Video Codecs for .avi?
Hey, I was wondering what video codecs there are for 64 Studio, and if they will be able to play the primary Windows format, .avi? I am into a bit of audio editing and would also like to edit .avi video files from Windows, but when I try to play them in the media player, it either gives me no video and audio, or comes straight out with an error. I have 64 Studio on a home-made LiveCD and am able to go into Windows XP to get data and load it onto a Flash Drive. So, in addition to having a codec, will it be possible to fit the installer on a 4GB Flash Drive? Help Appreciated, Adam
Posted by new123456 on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 23:09
Try mplayer and mencoder
Hi Adam, mplayer and its encoder tool (mencoder) can play just about every popular format. We don't include these programs by default, but you can easily add them from a Debian repository. You can install from a flash drive if you format the flash correctly, but DVD-R install is usually recommended. Cheers! Daniel
Posted by Daniel on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 14:41
Vista 64 will not list in GRUB and I did not touch that Part-
Hello, First things first! Vista 64 will Not List in GRUB and I did not touch that Partition of my HD. Basically 64 Studio messed up the master boot record for Vista 64!!! How do I ge it back? No refrence is made to this in your FAQ or anyplace I have tried looking yet. Yes I do have an anxiety disorder, but I was told by the 64 installer that this can be fixed later by reconfiguring GRUB. I have a NVIDIA graphics card so just having a desktop in 64 is nice. Logic of GNU/Linux is a lot better, more clear than dirty windows. They are both, 64 studio and Vist 64 are on the same 500GB disk on seperate partitions. THis is not a problem but NOT being able to even try booting VIST IS!!! Help anyone please... HM3
Posted by hm3 on Mon, 03/02/2009 - 02:08
I have 64 Studio on a home-made LiveCD and am able to go into Windows XP to get >>>>>>>>SPAM REMOVED<<<<<< data and load it onto a Flash Drive. So, in addition to having a codec, will it be possible to fit the installer on a 4GB Flash Drive? Help Appreciated, Adam. (admin: This is not a billboard...)
Posted by Goodwin82 on Mon, 03/02/2009 - 11:56
To restore Windows MBR, boot
To restore Windows MBR, boot from Vista CD & select ´Command Prompt´ After it finishes loading, change directory to your CD/DVD Drive then type both; D:\> bootrec /fixboot D:\> bootrec /fixmbr Restart = happy days.
Posted by Mimic on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 18:00
64 Bit - but not AMD?
I have an Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 in my laptop rather than an AMD... Will the 64 bit flavour work or will I have to settle for 32bit? Thanks A light shines in the darkness...
Posted by Ulfilas on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 19:28
Dual screen not supported for Sapphire HD 3650 graphics card
I have been fighting the HD 3650 card for a while now and can not get the dual screen option to work under 64Studio. We are currently using a 32 bit dual core PC. We would really want to use 64Studio because we think its a very nice distro but we need dual screens for our studio work. Could someone help us out? Thx.
Posted by nico on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 20:18
Mobile Broadband
Successfully installed 2.1 with only the minor inconvenience of timeshifting my bios to 2007 but my Orange (only 3g network out here in West Wales) Mobile Broadband dongle is not recognised. I had the same problem with UbuntuStudio. Plain Debian and Ubuntu PCLinuxOS and Mint all recognised and set-up the dongle with no problems, i'm using it in Mint on my lappy as I write. Can anybody help me get it going in 64 Studio 2.1 please?
Posted by MaxtheRover on Thu, 09/03/2009 - 17:50
Installation step failed
I can't install 64studio 2.1 (i386). In an installation time there is an error message. (The control sums of the distribution kit the correct) The error maintenance: Configuring tetex-bin Installation step failed
Posted by SkroBot on Sun, 10/04/2009 - 08:42
Work around for installation failure at tetex-bin install step
I found this elsewhere (maybe forum?) and am passing it on in case another person needs it and looks here. The problem stems from an expiry date coded into the tetex-bin package, which is no longer maintained and replaced by another package (64studio 3+ is safe). Just change your hardware clock date back a year or two (don't go too far, problems were reported doing that as well) and try install again, should work. As for LVM2 missing: i've managed to install on a non-lvm partition in a machine w/ lvm by just doing manual partitioning and not enabling the lvm scan in the partition step in the install... just proceed as if that portion of the partition setup screen isn't there. Probably makes sense for anyone needing this, though just as likely obvious to them as well.
Posted by fitzhugh on Fri, 12/04/2009 - 00:58
tetex-bin failure halts installation
I had the same tetex-bin problem which halted my installation of v2.1. I followed the advice appended by fitzhugh - I set the clock back to 2007 in the BIOS before installing - and it installed perfectly. I reset the clock to 2010 after installation of course. Tim
Posted by gilsont on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 10:59
SuperGrub can help with boot problems
Some linux installations can word the grub installation a bit confusing, and you then end up without all your OS options shown. There's a software called SuperGrub that can clean up your grub installation in such cases. You download an iso file and burn it to CD, then boot from it. It shows you a list of options and offers help information too. SuperGrub has helped me easily fix several such grub installations where one of the OS was not seen. Also Grub 2 is either out or coming soon. It supposedly has much friendlier interface and more features. tekrytor
Posted by tekrytor on Sat, 01/16/2010 - 03:20
headers again...
i have an Echo card on my 64studio 3.0 with 2.6.29-multimedia-amd64. I need to compile alsa-driver because of a very specific problem in one line in file "echoaudio_dsp.h". I read two posts about 2.6.29 headers but none of the solutions proposed works for me. I need firmware for my card and alsa fails to compile (err include/linux/xxxx.h during make) when i boot on 2.6.31-rt. When i declare in my sources list, Synaptic tells me that headers (common & multimedia) are not installable as in original installation. When i try to declare the Debian/ sid main contrib non-free repository i receive a PUBKEY error... Sorry for poor english, thanks, Jacques
Posted by allany on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 16:14
AMD 64
Yes, that much I have figured out that the AMD64 is the one to use for any 64bit systems
Posted by gkenne on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 07:13
booting problem
i have burn iso of my 64studio. Booting starts but tell me something like this : Disc error AA, AX=42B3 drive 90. Anyone knows maybe why happened this? I have »HP Pavilion dv6-3005sw Entertainment Notebook PC with hated by me windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp 1. With Amd Athlon II p320 Dual Core and AMDM880G with ATI Radeon 4250. Before I,ve try to install winXp but its failed sata drivers problem etc , so i try now something different and new (64studio)... Bios on this hp i very simple and I nothing can change.. I will be very happy for any advise. Thanks
Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:04
Possible bad CD
Hello, it sounds like the CD you have burned may be corrupted. Have you tried installing a recent Debian such as wheezy? Cheers! Daniel
Posted by Daniel on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 09:49