?

Log in

cracked the drum

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile
> previous 10 entries

March 2nd, 2011


06:40 pm - Writer's Block: Into the night
How would you describe your perfect evening in six words (e.g., I stayed home and ate pasta)?
I got the next chapter out.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Neon Genesis Evangelion TV OP

(spin my head!)

June 15th, 2009


08:17 pm - FF7 Mary Sue Character generator
In honor of working on a personal record high of fanfics for this old fandom today, I did this meme. 3 times, 'cause it's that much retard.

My LJ name:
</form>
Final Fantasy 7 Mary Sue Generator by Kate
Username
Enters the story by...Finding out Yuffie is their long lost sibling!
Hair is....Pink with purple highlights!
Eyes are...Pink!!!!
Weapon is....Just their fists! And they're unbeatable!!
Special...Knew Vincent when he was young, but doesn't look older than 22!
Falls in love with...Vincent Valentine
This character falls in love with them...Cid Highwind
Has sex with...Cait Sith
Dedicate your fiction to...bottle_of_shine


Now, with a random original name:

</form>
Final Fantasy 7 Mary Sue Generator by Kate
Username
Enters the story by...Finding out Marlene is their long lost sibling!
Hair is....Just like Cloud's!
Eyes are...Change depending on the character's mood!
Weapon is....A big gun! Bigger than Barret's!!
Special...Knew Vincent when he was young, but doesn't look older than 22!
Falls in love with...Cait Sith
This character falls in love with them...Yazoo
Has sex with...Aerith Gainsborough
Dedicate your fiction to...


Oh, LOL. I picked that name out of pity for Yazoo and Loz. Stoopid names...

Anyways, lastly is my ffn name, where I'd post any monstrosity featuring my Sue-character.

</form>
Final Fantasy 7 Mary Sue Generator by Kate
Username
Enters the story by...Cloud hires them as his delivery assistant (post AC)!
Hair is....Spun gold!
Eyes are...Pink!!!!
Weapon is....A big gun! Bigger than Barret's!!
Special...Mako & Jenova Injections!
Falls in love with...Aerith Gainsborough
This character falls in love with them...Vincent Valentine
Has sex with...Yazoo
Dedicate your fiction to...


...Honestly, my favorite!
Current Mood: dorky
Tags: , ,

(spin my head!)

May 12th, 2009


03:02 am - Star Trek movie
Caught the new Star Trek movie yesterday. Great! Fun! Had to see that shit twice! Now, need Uhura/Spock fan-porn. Reminds me of myself at six years old, watching Star Trek: I identified with Spock, and loved Uhura (but paired Spock with Kirk, so there you go).

Also, need to download the longer versions of the Terminator: Salvation and Star Trek trailers. They're fracking awesome, and I wanna drool over them long after the movies have come and gone.
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

(spin my head!)

March 6th, 2009


03:26 pm - Radeon 9600 TV-out! Cue the cheerleaders!
And that worked fabulously for getting a 800x600 upper-left subset of the laptop's 1048x768 screen copied onto the TV. After the xvattr command, it could even show playing video on the TV. However, I found that I couldn't reasonably work on the laptop while playing video on the TV like this; I want the laptop to show something different from the TV, and the TV to play video, and to enable this easily without screwing up the default of laptop-only screen.

Well, screwing around with the Graphics Card and Monitor (GCM) applet on-the-fly didn't work. Then, I remembered that the driver doesn't auto-detect on the S-video yet. So, ran much of the same commands as yesterday (listed above), seeing that S-video though plugged into the TV, was reported as disconnected. Also, Sax2 seems to default depth to 24-bit, but better capabilities may come from lower depth of 16-bit without sacrificing visuals, so I changed this in the GCM applet:
mute-s@dexter:~> xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 800 x 600, maximum 3840 x 1200
VGA-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
LVDS connected 800x600+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1024x768 60.0 + 60.0
1024x600 59.9
800x600 60.3* 59.9 56.2
768x576 59.9
640x480 59.9
S-video disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
mute-s@dexter:~> xrandr --output S-video --set load_detection 1

mute-s@dexter:~>
mute-s@dexter:~> xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 800 x 600, maximum 3840 x 1200
VGA-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
LVDS connected 800x600+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1024x768 60.0 + 60.0
1024x600 59.9
800x600 60.3* 59.9 56.2
768x576 59.9
640x480 59.9
S-video connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
800x600 59.9 +
mute-s@dexter:~> xrandr --output S-video --set tv_standard ntsc
mute-s@dexter:~> xrandr --addmode S-video 800x600

...Then opened up GCM. Here, notice the exclusion of the "clone" lines. And so, 2 displays were detected--Laptop, and Unknown. I clicked on Unknown and set the resolution to 800x600 as this is the only one driver-supported, then clicked on 'Detect Displays'. This was enough to throw a wallpapered desktop on the TV. All my currently opened programs stayed the same on the laptop's screen, but the TV now showed my desktop wallpaper and nothing else. I ran the mouse off the laptop's right edge, and it appeared on the monitor's left edge! desktop is extended onto the TV, left of the laptop's display. And was able to play video in a video player on TV screen without any further adieu. However, fullscreening the video throws it to the laptop, so I'll try that other command...
mute-s@dexter:~> xvattr -a XV_CRTC -v 1
Found Xv 2.2
XV_CRTC set to 1

...and that failed! Video shows in the video player if I move the window to the TV's screen, but when I try to "full-screen", it pops over to the laptop's screen. I think this is because it defaults to "screen 0" and that's the laptop, but I'll keep this because GNOME reported has a bug that defaults menu/panel to "screen 0". Besides, maximizing the video player's window is trivial. Now, just messing around, laptop and TV are both set at 800x600@16-bit, but I think they can have different resolutions as long as the depth matches. I think I read that somewhere yesterday...

Okay, open up GCM again. Click on laptop, change resolution to 1048x768, apply...works, with some momentary flickering, but I did this while playing video so kudos for it not coughing up chips!
Current Mood: accomplished

(spin my head!)

03:26 am - Late night geek attack (TV-out radeon on SUSE, cont'd)
Followed exactly the steps suggested in ArchLinux's Wiki:
"First, check that you have an S-video output: xrandr should give you something like

Screen 0: minimum 320x200, current 1024x768, maximum 1280x1200
...
S-video disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

Now we should tell Xorg that it is actually connected (it is, right?)

xrandr --output S-video --set load_detection 1

Setting tv standard to use:

xrandr --output S-video --set tv_standard ntsc

Adding a mode for it (currently it supports only 800x600):

xrandr --addmode S-video 800x600

I'll go for a clone mode:

xrandr --output S-video --same-as VGA-0

So far so good. Now let's try to see what we have:

xrandr --output S-video --mode 800x600

At this point you should see a 800x600 version of your desktop on your TV.

To disable the output, do

xrandr --output S-video --off

Also you may notice that the video is being played on monitor only and not on the TV. Where the Xv overlay is sent is controlled by XV_CRTC attribute.

To send the output to the TV, I do

xvattr -a XV_CRTC -v 1

To switch back to my monitor, I change this to 0. -1 is used for automatic switching in dualhead setups. "
Current Mood: busy

(spin my head!)

March 3rd, 2009


01:42 pm - Radeon TV-out to work
The updated software included with SUSE should bear more fruit. X11 7.4 has radeon drivers that should support TV-out for my ATI RV350 (Mobility Radeon 9600) graphics card. I wasn't able to get TV-out to work on older laptops, but this one is fairly new, and the software supports it better.

Okay, I thought I'd just test out the TV-out on the current setup. Not changing anything this morning, I plugged in the S-video cable from the RF box connecting to my bedroom TV, then clicked on that "Configure display settings" icon always in the gnome system tray. No signs of detection, and the regular display was only called "Unknown", with most options grayed out as unavailable. I accessed display settings through System->Hardware->Graphics Card and Monitor. I recognized the Monitor's identifiers as the same from previous, so it seemed alright. However, the list of options for the graphics card (ATI RV350...) was much shorter than I remembered, mostly XAA... features. I was very bewildered, because despite my puttering with xorg trying to get the proprietary ATI fglrx driver working, I usually defaulted to an Sax2 generated xorg.conf of one type or another, and it always called my graphics card the same thing. Well, I googled general directions on activating TV-out with the current X11 7.4.x radeon driver. Found confirmation that it should mostly just work, and simple instructions to activate it on the command line or by editting the xorg.conf. Opting for dynamic testing with a xterm, I ran the few commands:
xrandr --addmode S-video 800x600

Okay, there was another one after this, but that 1st command already threw out an error message, "cannot find output "S-video" ". Didn't bode well, so I went searching again, finding little of relevance to my particular situation, except a tantalizing tease that someone had some success on the commandline before X ever starts up. I decided to kill X and try the commands like that. So, closed out all the programs and "init 3" from tty1. Reran xrandr, only to get a warning about it not being able to access the display, where I realized that X commands only work in X (duh). I decided to just check through xorg.conf. Carefully backed it up to xorg.conf.workingdamnit, then went through yast to see if any more options magically appear on the console interface. Ugh, accessing "Graphics Card and Monitor" here, however, automatically ran Sax2 in autoconfig mode, which it did unexpectedly, bringing up a test X session. Well, it wasn't grotesque, so I saved the new config, then exited to compare it to my previous. Well, they were slightly different. I decided that I kinda liked the new one, so started X as my normal user. It looked good, and that blasted "Configure display settings" icon showed new info! It called the monitor "Laptop screen", and allowed rotation (awesome!). I was much pleased, but perplexed. Checked Xorg.0.log, and saw "...TV..." things! I brought up an xterm and reran "xrandr" It listed more outputs! I reran xrandr --addmode..." No warnings...and for the second command. Now it listed the S-video interface, but insisted it was disconnected. No fiddling with the display Fn-F4 key or the cables got it changed. So, S-video hardware now detected, but still no show.

Also, I just checked Graphics Card and monitor, and it lists a looooot of available selections in resolution and all, and the remembered card options are back!
Current Mood: excitedexcited

(spin my head!)

February 27th, 2009


10:56 pm - Sick as a...cat
I'm sick. Again. At least it's just a cold this time, and a visit from my Aunt...whatever that silly euphemism is for blood streaming from one's crotch.

What, like I'm gonna beat around that bush? Sorry, but I'm not like that.

So, I'm sick. Weeble's sick, too...at least he'd better be, the way he's throwing up all over the house. We need some catgrass in the house where the cats can munch on it comfortably.
Current Mood: blahblah

(spin my head!)

February 26th, 2009


12:30 pm - Window Maker, ftw (suse, some more)
Still frittering away precious time and energy on openSUSE. I blitzed through a few configuration projects this last week before finally proclaiming it all unnecessary. Then I tried to get some actual important stuff done before once again succumbing to the urge to tweak ;)

I should be sooooo ashamed...

So, now I'm trying to get power management to work on non-GNOME desktop environments. What confused me initially was that underneath the pretty, simple GNOME GUI, the system reveals several perfectly acceptable, pre-installed power management tools. They /should/ be all integrated and configured, and they're nicely documented, but once booted into the console or KDE4, power management didn't work as expected. The user forum wasn't much help: While there're enough reports of broken pm, the popular tips are "install the /other/ KDE tool", "kill beagle/other resource hogs" or "recompile the DSDT" Did all that...still not working...as long as it's NOT-GNOME.

You may be wondering, "what all is covered by 'NOT-GNOME'?" Well, I didn't wander too far into source installs, yet; there are some decent, not too old packages of window managers in the extended openSUSE 11.1 repositories. I go more for keyboard accessibility and variety than eyecandy and whiz-bang, so my personal laptop now provides a nice selection IceWM, wmii, and Window Maker, alongside GNOME and KDE. And TWM, but that doesn't count for shit, ever. And wmii doesn't boot correctly for some reason. Honestly, I should be happy to stick with IceWM, but it's plain ugly. And despite its versatility and configurability, all the themes look dull and resemble each other. Sorry, IceWM-lovers. But, what really bugged me was when I immediately started running GNOME utilities in the background in order to get "full functionality" out of the desktop. That's when I realized that IceWM just wasn't going to cut it for me. Something's amiss, because performance is sluggish, but on a laptop, certain things are needed to maintain the laptop's lifetime. Like sufficient, flexible power management. And my laptop is a little less impressive than I'd assumed: cpu@1.7GHz, ram@512MB, 2004-ish build...not top of the line these days, but twice the spec of my previous laptop. Hell, I wasted little time downloading and installing one of the more whizbang distro's because I thought, "now, I finally have a machine that can handle all that tech!" And it does! Mostly. Sorta.

Okay, I'm still working on that.

It's really just occasionally, and with a few programs. So, the problem is those specific programs, and not the GUI. Of course, I've only come to that realization now, after wrangling with Window Maker all night and day. Nevertheless, they are programs I'm not likely to give up yet; if only there were decent replacements, then maybe I would. But there aren't, so back to GNOME vs. everything-else.

Window Maker is neat. It has its own distinct look, and is basically fun to play with. It doesn't improve productivity, though. I need a good keyboard shortcut application launcher, too. Hearkening back to Slackware days.

Ooh, just found a great new Slackware tool--a central search site for several popular slackware package repositories! Slackfind.net, linked off of the Lightweight Linux blog. Made me wanna boot up Vector 5.9 on the Armada. Wolvix 1.1.0 on this current laptop would be a lot more convenient, probably. Long live the wolf *howls at the...sun*
Current Mood: whimsical

(spin my head!)

January 17th, 2009


12:22 pm - Impossible! (suse cont'd)

I've been fiddling with this new install for so much time...I thought it was almost a month ago that I got it installed to dexter, but all evidence (modify/creation dates on home folders, main forum's join date) points to only two weeks ago! Exactly two weeks ago today...

2 cheers for obsession!


Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
Tags: ,

(spin my head!)

January 10th, 2009


05:54 am - Toward higher resolution...and cool 3D effects (SuSE contd)

I was going to wait for an update to make this work automagically, but I'd really like a higher screen resolution not supported by the opensource graphics drivers, and for games to play--possibly ruined by the bungled earlier proprietary ATI driver install. I think?

Anyway, this SUSE distro has become a real PITA. Sure, having the wireless and the rest of the hardware recognized and working on a recent kernel won me over, but further use has revealed some of the quirks of this release. Software installation is reliable but unwieldy; after the simplicity of Slackware's slapt-get/pkgtool, and the speed and versatility of Debian's APT, SUSE's zypper/Yast/rpm/1-Click is messy and confusing and slow. Also, Novell's restricted formats policy is admirable, but causing me a lot of trouble just to get working multimedia and fun, modern games.

Yes, I'm frustrated at the moment, but in all fairness, must admit that some of this is my own fault. It was borrowing trouble to install an unfamiliar distro on unfamiliar hardware. Moreover, choosing a brand-new release (think it came out just 2 days before I installed) means many bugs and not-yet-documented issues. Nevertheless, the community is friendly and supportive, and there is much documentation. Also, much effort was put into making the system tools unified and usable in GUI or console. I especially like the fact that the shiny ultimate system configuration tool, YaST, utilizes the standard Linux plaintext files in the background. So, you can change /etc/samba/smb.conf in a text editor and those modifications will be available in YaST, and vice versa. Also appealing is the respectably wide range of software available in the default and extra repos.

Alright, the openSUSE rocks. It's just that ATI sucks. But everyone knew that.


Current Mood: busy
Tags: ,

(spin my head!)

> previous 10 entries
> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com