Saturday, 29 March 2008

Getting Sound Juicer To Rip To MP3

Install the gstreamer0.10-lame codec. The codec isn't in your normal repo's, so install with......
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse
The mp3 option should now turn up in your Sound Juicer options. To adjust the bitrate try the following. Go into edit profiles or....
And create a new profile with the following values.....

Profile name: mp3 192, Lossy
Profile Description: mp3 192
GStreamer Pipeline: audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc vbr=0 bitrate=128
File Extension: mp3

The bitrate value is changeable. Shut down Sound Juicer, fire it back up again, and it should now be available in your ripping options as a codec.

Enabling microphone is Alsa

To get the microphone working, type into a console....


Make sure under "Digital" the "i2s in" option has been chosen ("is2 mixer" is also a possible choice). Tab through "View" and make sure that all appropriate "mute" switches are turned off and all sliders are up (though not too far up as this can cause feedback).

Another alternative is to open up the "Volume Control" and adjust the controls there. If desired, turn off the microphone when not in use by using the microphone "Mute" switch.

How much memory do I have?

Type into a console.....

free -m

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

nVidia Issues - Booting into Ubuntu

Choose "Safe Graphics Mode" from GRUB. Choose UK from LANGUAGE and 1280x1024x32 from the VGA menu. Hit F6 and replace "xforcevesa" with "xdrvr=vesa". Remove the "quiet" option and add "noapic" and "irqpoll"to the list.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Resizing Panels in KDE

On adding a new panel to the KDE desktop, it is sometimes impossible to resize the panel. This is a glitch with KDE, and can be solved by hitting alt + F2 and restarting the panel by typing.

dcop kicker kicker restart

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Adjusting the brightness (Mepis 7.0)

Install kgamma using Synaptic. Then right click on desktop, choose "Configure Desktop>Display and click "Monitor Gamma" tab.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Installing ISA 2.X Using Wine

Installing ISA on Linux.

Download the files of ISA 2 and the additional modules you want from here.......

Install these files with wine with the command:

wine /path/to/the/installer/ISA_basic_v20_RC5.exe

......or if preferred, right click on the installation files (the main program file first), and choose "open with" and type in "wine". The other modules install in the same way.

The program will not start yet, because you need also two dll's, so uncheck the "launch" box, and click on "finish". Copy msxml3.dll and msxml3r.dll from windows or download them from the web. To reduce error messages the files riched20.dll and riched32.dll are also needed. Drop these DLLs in the drive_c/windows/system32 of your .wine folder.

Start 'Configure Wine' from your applications menu or type on the terminal: winecfg

Add ISA.exe (default location: drive_c/Program Files/ISA2) to the Applications tab of the configuration tool, and choose "XP" as your Windows Version. Select 'ISA.exe' on this tab and switch to the Libraries tab. Add to the list: msxml3, riched20 and riched32.

Now you can use ISA 2. Start it from your application menu when you allow the installer to create shortcuts there, or change to the wine directory where ISA is installed (~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/ISA/ and start it with wine ISA.exe.

Only the help function doesn't work, because a required dll is broken down. This is tested with wine-0.9.49 and some versions ago (but seems to work on 0.9.56).

Wine doesn't have enough fonts to display ISA 2 such as Windows does. To make it so, add Times, Arial, Symbol and Courier to drive_c/windows/fonts, but you could make your own choice. As default Times is used to display the Hebrew words and Symbol is used for the Modern greek font mode of the NT text.