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post #376 of 387

I'm good, just had to tell it to output to the external DAC. I guess most people don't connect a DAC so there was no indication that something happened when I connected the DAC but it was there. 

Thanks for the advise. BTW I am using Clementine and Pulse Audio was on by default. 


Thank you to Sxooter

Edited by CADCAM - 5/30/14 at 5:36am
post #377 of 387

Glad you got it working! Yeah, PCLinuxOS may look like windows, but it's still very much linux underneath. Takes some adaptation. But honestly the control panel type stuff in linux is so much simpler and more clean than windows. I can't find **** in windows control panel half the time. Now listen to that dac and tell us what you think!

post #378 of 387

Thanks again and yes I will report back on how the Maverick D2 sounds in this setup, I also am thinking of getting another DAC for another room...feel free to give opinions. I'd like a DAC/amp combo.

post #379 of 387

This is why I generally avoid using PulseAudio. I use just plain ALSA because it's simpler (in this case it would have been as easy as switching which sound card to use in alsamixer) and can also achieve higher audio quality than PulseAudio.


When I'm using Linux, I don't like applications that take control of everything for you. Nice if you don't plan on customizing, but impossible to configure if you want to do something more personalized or advanced. That's why I switched away from PulseAudio and Cinnamon. Now I use vanilla ALSA and vanilla Openbox.


I have to agree with the whole "Linux control panels are better," but that's mostly because the Linux community doesn't have stupid GUI designers (or even if there are their stuff doesn't get used). I edit most of my settings through text files (to which most Linux "control panels" are simply a frontend to) with a command-line editor, but that's just me. I'd just like to avoid installing software (especially large pieces of software) unnecessarily, as my budget when buying my computer only allowed for a 60 GB SSD, and with the kind of speed boost I was going to get from it I was willing to buy that. Then again, my laptop came with a 60 GB spinning hard drive because it's used and from 2006... but that's besides the point.


Glad to hear you got your DAC working!

post #380 of 387

I am relatively new to Linux, been a PC guy for awhile now. I'm not a real geek but in the past have always built my own computers. I like the fact that you don't have to use anti virus or malware software with Linux and it seems not to be as bloated as Windows. Although PCLinuxOS 64 does update quite a bit, seems I can't turn the system on without an update being available. I have a desktop and an older laptop running Linux and a newer laptop running W7. I tried Mint and liked it a lot but a friend convinced me to switch to PCLinux. I'm just starting to get my music on my HD's and it is different. I usually listen straight from the CD and listening to the same material off a HD I feel there is a loss of quality. I also like the tactical feel of an inlay card or insert to look at and read as you listen. Back in the day they had massive inserts from the album sleeve and today you don't get much of anything by way of information on the band or the recording. I am moving all my music to my 1.5TB HD but I still like the feel of physical media. Guess I'm finally getting old...

post #381 of 387

Anyone know of a linux piece of software that will go through an entire harddrive worth of flacs and test for skips without having to listen to all of it?   

post #382 of 387

If the skips are inherent in the source, you can't. If they came about through file corruption, flac with the -t flag will check the md5sum.

post #383 of 387
Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

If the skips are inherent in the source, you can't. If they came about through file corruption, flac with the -t flag will check the md5sum.
but that assumes you knew the original md5sum first right?
post #384 of 387

The original md5sum signature is inside the metadata, under <STREAMINFO>. You check it with the checksum generated through the raw audio data through decoding.

 The integrity of the audio data is further insured by storing an MD5 signature of the original unencoded audio data in the file header, which can be compared against later during decoding or testing.

It also does a CRC check during decoding.


You can also use ffmpeg to get a more accurate output of where the CRC check goes wrong, since it tells you the specific timestamp.

Edited by TwinQY - 6/27/14 at 11:54am
post #385 of 387

Been procrastinating on the switch to Linux or Unix with WinXP down-the-street. So many options lying in wait, still undecided. By default the time is right to get in there and salvage the old HP 17"er and learn something new to boot!


I'm counting on your guidance, TwinQY! :normal_smile :

post #386 of 387

While I usually stress that switching is akin to adapting an entirely new paradigm, sometimes it's more helpful to face a visual interface that retains some similarities from what XP people are typically more used to. XFCE tends to go towards this route. In which case Linux Mint 17 just had its XFCE version come out. I think a live CD of that would be a great place to start. Years ago I moved a lot of people to the XFCE edition of LMDE and I think they are all still running it.

post #387 of 387

:thumb: Always appreciate your assistance, TwinQY! Currently have MINT on a SD card on newest notebook. Just never used it for regular stuff outside of audio. Completely forgot about it. :rolleyes:


Guess I'll start gutting after the Fourth!

Edited by Silent One - 6/30/14 at 2:30am
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