General Purpose 64studio

  • HaliLander
Posted: Fri, 08/24/2007 - 13:38
Hi I am currently a Windows XP user, but looking forward to switching to Linux. After spending some time surfing and reading about it, I think that Debian and Debian based distros are more to my liking. Besides sound engineer (in PA mostly) I am also a PC gamer, and I have found also a couple of titles that are ported to Linux, like "X2 The Threat". Before I get to my questions my hardware is this: MB: Gigabyte K8NS Ultra - 939 (nforce3 ultra) CPU: AMD Opteron 170 dual core Graphics Card: GameCube X1950XTXseries 256MB AGP8x RAM: OCZ PC3200 1GB Platinum Edition x2 modules in single channel mode (Don't ask, this is Relic's Company of Heroes' fault, as it refuses to play right in dual channel mode.) OnBoard devices & controllers: (as seen in Windows Device Manager) Marvell Yukon 88E8001 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller NVIDIA nforce Networking Controller 1394 Net Adapter (Texas Instruments), (in the MB specs is referred as 1394b) Realtek AC97 8channel (sound controller) NVIDIA nForce3 250 serial ATA controller Silicon Image Sil 3512 SATALink controller HDDs: WD Raptor 36GB (SATA0) WD Raptor 74GB (SATA1) WD WD800JP 80GB (IDE0) Optical Drives: Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1712 (IDE1) Plextor DVD-R PX-760A (IDE2) TEAC CD-W540E (IDE3) Well I hoped I did not forget anything. And now the questions: 1)Can 64studio run proprietary ported for Linux games and in which version 32(i386) or 64(AMD64), if not 64studio what about Debian? 2)Does it support joysticks (I own the Saitek X52) 3)Can it be used for general purpose applications? I am currently downloading the Live CDs to test my hardware and later on the installers for a deeper testing, I will come back as soon as I have results. Thank you for your patience, greetings from Greece!

ATI X1950XT AGP

  • HaliLander
  • 08/22/07
  • Mon, 10/22/2007 - 13:33
Well I would just like to inform that I installed 64studio (amd64) and everything works fine except the graphics card which currently runs on vesa. Waiting for the new driver release... The first impressions: I LOVE it, this is my first contact with Linux OS and I use it as my main OS for almost everything I do, except gaming. Windows exists in my HD for gaming purposes only. Actually I built a dual boot system with WindowsXP on WD Raptor 36GB (SATA0), and 64studio on WD WD800JP 80GB (IDE0). Thank you all.

Support for proprietary games

  • Daniel
  • 05/22/07
  • Fri, 08/24/2007 - 16:40
1. We haven't tested any proprietary game titles, but if they run on Ubuntu or other Debian-based distros then they'll probably work on 64 Studio. I'm not sure if any of the proprietary games come in amd64 builds though. My suggestion would be to dual-boot a known-to-work 32-bit distro for gaming, with 64 Studio amd64 for your audio work on another partition. 2. If the joystick has Linux kernel driver support then it can probably be made to work in 64 Studio. 3. Yes, Debian Etch has many thousands of packages which you can install, including lots of games - particularly networked multiplayer games.