[PD] nForce chipset

Malte Steiner steiner at block4.com
Fri Dec 12 13:20:08 CET 2003


beside me is a box from Shuttle with a nForce chipset. It features 
somehow 5.1 sound and I wounder if its possible to use these channel as 
actual ones from PD, either under Linux or WinXP. So far I can only use 
2 channels with PD.

Anyway, this barebonesystem seems a decent solution for media 
exhibitions, the SN41G2 features apart from the soundcard a ready 
installed graphic system with 2 vga outputs, one of them also as 
TV/Video out. I managed so far running two instances of PD and GEM on 2 
monitors although only one seems to be hardware accelareted. Later I try 
to have GEM and Framestein running, maybe GEM takes OpenGL hardware and 
Framestein direct x, if anyone interested I can report. I am not related 
to these companys and get nothing for the praise but maybe it can be 
changed :). This system is rather cheap, has small footprint and looks 
beautiful, sort of Apple Cube ripoff in aluminium. I evalute with WinXP 
so far, a Mandrakeinstallation failed a bit, refusing to use the onboard 
LAN. Right now I am downloading the Knoppix CD to give it a further try.

My goal is to have a decent rig of machines for an upcomming exhibition. 
  But as a 'private' artist, budget is a concern. I would like to have 
some Apple computers around me but they are still to expensive. I 
considerd buying some stuff on ebay but prices even for older G3 boxes 
went close or higher as the new silver box beside me. Apple seems to be 
pretty solid investment. Besides that the midsize tower formfactor is of 
course big and so expensive to ship to a remote gallery. In my personal 
dreamland Apple Cubes where a big success, wide spread and you can get 
them used for 50 bucks.

I see I start babbling :)
So I stop that and wish a nice weekend.


Malte Steiner
media art + development

next events
13.October - ... exhibition netart Javamuseum.org online, germanfeature
24.November - ... netart slowtime 

Das Kombinat:
27.December Video presentation Ausklangfestival Hoerbar Hamburg, Germany

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