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Old 07/27/2018   #25
NERV Agent

Phew, it's been like a month, but I finally got it up and working. My final "trial by fire" to see if I finally got the gist of this was to play everyone's favorite game, Final Fantasy VII, in ePSXe through WINE, while running PSX Emulation Cheater through WINE, and recording with OBS. The results were far better than on my previous Windows 7 machine.

At this point I've come to the conclusion that "if it isn't Debian, it isn't worth my time" since installing software that isn't in a neat Debian package is so time consuming and frustrating. It isn't Debian, I'll use the Windows version through WINE. If WINE fails, I'll load it up in my Windows XP x64 VirtualBox.

For example, the Linux version of ePSXe doesn't come in a Debian package, and is a hot mess to install. And even when I did install it, it would crash and never let me even play the game. So I pretty much just avoid anything that isn't in a Debian package since it will probably fail because it's missing "library/program A" which is dependent on "library/program B" which is dependent on "library/program A" (again) and I just wind up going around in circles. Even when everything is installed it probably doesn't even work right. If program installations were all Debian packages like how Windows installations are all ".exe" or ".msi" files that conveniently install after double clicking, Linux wouldn't be so overwhelming, and maybe more people would switch over (and screw over Microsoft).

Literally Who? wrote: Just hack the roms on your PC and play the finished file on your Raspberry, retropi plays IPS Patched rom files very well and the emulation for PS1 on the current Pi model is excellent. It definitely wont do PS2 though.

I had a Dell computer with a Pentium 3 550 MHz CPU, 128 MB of RAM, and a Voodoo 3 3500 video card. Had Windows 98SE then upgraded to Windows XP. Used to to play PSX emulators, with good results. Thing lasted 7+ years.

lol wow. Yeah that definitely wont run Vista haha. IIRC that would have been like a Katmai
processor released in 1998/99?

Current Windows 7 CyberPower PC I had to buy to keep getting security updates has an Intel Core i7 running at 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost to 3.8 Ghz, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU that I can't recall, but I am sure has more CUDA cores and higher clock speed than a GeForce 9800M, and cost me ~$1300

I can see why this is having crap performance. That i7 is being bottle necked by basically... everything else. And without knowing what era of i7 it is , it could also be a bottleneck (i.e. some early gen i7's are less powerful than even i3's from today).

I mean that GPU is from 2008 and it's main selling point is that it can do HD video, Not video games... just Video. And if the CPU is also from 2008/2009 that would mean it's a first gen, probably Lynnfield considering its base ghz.

Furthermore that ram was low even back then , and assuming this is a laptop that 4gb would mean it's likely 32bit aswell. Which while fine then is pretty not great even like 5 years ago. Especially with likely very slow ram speed and so little of it I'd be shocked if that PC could run chrome.

It sucks that you paid a high price tag for a prebuilt, but you got ridiculously ripped off if you bought that PC 4 years ago. I'm really not kidding that the CPU and GPU are a decade old.

Windows machines are pretty junky, it has the same issue Android does. Tons of companies can make a pc and cut corners left and right still sell it a premium. The craptop isle and basically every prebuilt PC website is a testament to that.

But at the same time it's not hard to google the names of hardware before buying in. I really sympathize with your issues with Windows. I'd be frustrated if I paid 1300$ for a decade old PC too. But it's pretty clear that you kinda don't understand PC specs and are just throwing money at the problem thinking you wont get ripped off or something.

I write this next part out of concern and I'm really not trying to patronize you, but it seems like this latest Linux PC you got was rather recent. Mind if I ask what specs and the price you paid was? I just want to make sure you didn't run into the same kind of "deal" Cyberpower gave you 4 years ago =/
Actually, the specs on my current Windows 7 Cyberpower PC laptop were pretty good--except for the RAM. I figure, I had 2 GB of RAM for XP and ran PSX and N64 emulators just fine, so 4 GB of RAM should good for Windows 7, right? Wrong.

My CyberPower PC laptop has 2 GPUs: one is an Intel HD Graphics 4600, the other is an NVIDIA GeForce 840M. To use the NVIDIA 3D enhancement, you need to specify the program in the NVIDIA Control Panel. Even with Vertical Sync enabled in the NVIDIA Control Panel, I still get screen tearing the likes that I have never seen before. I would be able to run PS2 and Dreamcast emulators on this thing, but the RAM is the main issue. I see no point in upgrading the RAM, since this motherboard is already acting up and I expect it to expire next year.

This is the Dell laptop I got, except I changed the order to have an Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad Core 2.80GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo), Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS (obviously), 16 GB Dual channel DDR4 RAM @ 2400MHz, 512GB M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive Class 40 hard drive, and an NVIDIA Quadro M1200 w/4GB GDDR5. It cost me close to $1800 at the time (the price of the components have dropped over the recent months).

I also have a notebook cooler beneath it to draw in cool air, and another external cooling fan behind it to blow away the hot air coming from the exhaust, so I can keep the system cool when it has to use Turbo Boost. Also got an externally powered USB hub to power all those cooling fans and connect my devices to.

A word of warning, just because Dell pre-installed Ubuntu doesn't mean it's read to go. I bought this laptop with the misconception that Dell already configured everything so it would work out of the box like they would do with a Windows machine. All they really did was install the OS, and put in some settings to get updates from a Dell server--that's it. Everything else you need to do yourself.

Now that it's up and running and I am done yelling and screaming and it, I really like this super fast laptop. I even got the native Linux version of PCSX2 running on it and played a little bit of Metal Gear Solid 2.

Anyway, although I'm going to be busy with IRL stuff soon, I was thinking about writing up a newbie reference guide for Linux so that new users don't have to fumble around and try and figure things through brute force (and yelling and screaming at their computer while giving it the finger like some angry YouTube reviewer) like I did.

Would anyone be interested in passing around such a document in circulation?

Also, what is the best free video editing software to use with Linux?
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