Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ogg Vorbis on HP Touchpad

I was gifted one of those going-out-of-production HP Touchpad's. It's no iPad, but webos is actually pretty nice! I like many things about it, one of which is that it will play my ogg vorbis music collection.

But when I copied the music over... a bunch of albums showed up grouped together in the unknown albums bin. After some Google searching, I discovered this is a bug. While you can try and apply that patch, I found it easier to just fix my music collection. cd to your music directory and run this (I love bash):

find . -name '*.ogg' | { while read fn; do echo $fn; vorbiscomment -l "$fn" | awk -F = '{ print sprintf("%s=%s",toupper($1),$2); }' | vorbiscomment -w "$fn"; done; }

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hauppauge PVR-150 IR Blaster and Comcast DTA - it doesn't work

At least not under Linux with LIRC. After several failed attempts following Mark's instructions and using various other lircd configs I found via Google, I've concluded that my PVR-150 IR blaster just don't work with my Comcast DTA. I keep a MythTV box in the States so that I can record and download American TV and it was working great until Comcast switched to all digital. My Silicondust HD Homerun only gets the unencrypted content and so in order to get the encrypted content, I need to use a Comcast DTA (or some other STB) with an IR blaster (yes, there are several other options, but this appears to be the easiest). However, the PVR-150 IR Blaster doesn't support the XMP remote protocol that the DTA's remote uses. From forum posts I read, it sounds like the hardware could support it, but that the Linux driver/firmware can't do it now and I don't have the expertise or time to fix it. So it looks like I need to fork over some cash to buy another IR blaster like the MCE remote or the USB UIRT.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

microphone doesn't do stereo on asus 1001p

The mic on my asus eee 1001p doesn't work correctly under Linux (apparently also on a number of models of the eee). In pulseaudio, it shows up as a stereo mic but the two channels cancel each other out so if you want it to work, you have to adjust one of the channels down to 0 (I use the pulseaudio volume control for this, pavucontrol). However, it's annoying that this doesn't just work. I've looked for solutions since I bought the device and I finally found one this week.

The correct solution is a kernel patch which appears to be on its way to kernel land. But while I'm waiting, I found a suitable workaround using the hda-verb utility. Here's the magic incantation below. Update the /dev/snd/* path to whatever is right for your system and then take the "value" output of the 2nd command and do a bit-wise or of 0x80 (in my case, 0x1800 became 0x1880) and use that as the last argument to the last command below.

# ./hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x20 SET_COEF_INDEX 0x07
nid = 0x20, verb = 0x500, param = 0x7
value = 0x0
# ./hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x20 GET_PROC_COEF 0
nid = 0x20, verb = 0xc00, param = 0x0
value = 0x1800
# ./hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x20 SET_COEF_INDEX 0x07
nid = 0x20, verb = 0x500, param = 0x7
value = 0x0
# ./hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x20 SET_PROC_COEF 0x1880

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

x86_64 versus x86 on ASUS eee

Use x86, hands down. I installed Fedora x86_64 on my ASUS eee 1001p with 1G of RAM and that was a mistake. In hindsight, it makes complete sense: 64-bit addressing makes programs take up lots more space in memory (because the pointers and stored memory addresses are twice as large) which makes systems with not much RAM not work as well. When I reverted back to an x86 Fedora, WOW! Things went much faster. There was oodles more memory available for applications.

Lesson Learned: Don't use x86_64 unless you absolutely need access to more than 4G of memory. And on my ASUS 1001p laptop, that'll never happen (system can only handle 2G I think) so it just doesn't make sense.