Setup Advice Wanted

  • noarms
Posted: Fri, 08/08/2008 - 22:02
I have a HPdv9410US laptop - amd turion64 dual core 1.8GHz, 1 GB RAM, nvidia gforce go 6159, broadcom wireless, dvd RW, conexant hidef audio sound, single 150 GB hdd: 120 GB windows vista, 8 GB HP system recovery, rest Fedora Linux, GRUB boot manager. System works great, GRUB works fine, Fedora runs fine so far - got wireless, sound, video - use it to experiment with development. I tried using Fedora for digital recording and quickly saw the need for a real time kernel, which is why I am here. I will be purchasing second 120-200GB hdd and want to install studio 64 here. I will likely follow the suggestion of separate /home /tmp /usr /var partitions, though I will have to do some homework since I have been getting by without understanding the linux file system completely. My questions: 1) Any general advice for a better shot at doing it right the first time? 2) I want a large portion of the new drive for data - photos - video - audio to be shared between studio 64, fedora and windows - what's the best way to set up this partition? 3) GRUB - any issues booting from second hard drive? 4) GRUB - any issues with Studio 64 install messing with existing dual boot setup? 5) Any reason for Studio 64 not to work on this laptop knowing that Fedora is working beautifully? 6) I assume (maybe incorrectly) that my conexant sound system isn't the best for use in a DAW - any experience with this or successful alternatives for recording? I'll be scouring these forums and the web for my own answers, but wanted to ask it all here at once as well. Thanks! na

some pointers

  • Havoc
  • 06/07/08
  • Sat, 08/09/2008 - 18:22
I'll try to give at least something to go further. 1) not much. If you are able to get Fedora running then you have a good base. 2) you will need a partition with a filetype that all systems that you need can read/write from/to. Since you include windows in your list your best bet is FAT32. Let Linux format this partition since the last windows versions restrict the sice of it during format (but can access larger fat32 partitions then they can format). Just add the partition in question to the fstab of the linux(es) you use and as a disk to map for windows. 3) second drive isn't a problem. Some distros have trouble installing on drives higher than second but that isn't your case. 4) no idea as I haven't installed 64Studio on anything but it's own. Most distros play nice however but as always YMMV. 5) No idea. You're comparing 2 very different distros: one is RH based, the other Debian. In theory there shouldn't be any problem but I would not take it for granted. However since it works with Fedora you can be sure it can be made to work with 64Studio. But maybe not out of the box. 6) depends on what you want to do and achieve. Onboard sound systems are often not much to write home about. But if they have a digital IO they can be enough for some applications. This will depend more on your needs/expectations than anything else. As for the linux filesystem: there isn't a single one but you have choice of a lot. There is ext2 and ext3, and Reiser that are typical linux ones. Those are included everywhere. Then there is a load of others like XFS, FAT family, JFS and others that offer some advantages in specific applications. Do a search and read a bit. If you are used to Fedora and know your way in that distro, then looking at something like CCRMA might make sense to get you into audio faster with less troubles.


  • noarms
  • 08/08/08
  • Sat, 08/09/2008 - 21:37
thanks for the pointers. sounds like it should be no big deal. I also see that I had the name of the software backwards! 64Studio I meant.