Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Getting nVidia working on OpenSUSE 11.2

This guide will be a combination of code and clicks.. if you know what I mean..

1. Open a terminal. Type

su -c 'hwinfo --gfxcard'

This will tell you what sort of card you have

2. Go to

YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

Protocol: HTTP
Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
Directory on Server: /opensuse/11.2

Just put nvidia if it asks for the name of the repository..

3. Go to

YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported.

4. Install the drivers that come up as highlighted (there were two files for my GeForce MX400).

5. Press Ctrl + Alt +F1

6. Type "su" into a terminal

7. Enter password

8. Type "init 3"

9. Do "su" again plus password

10. Type "sax2 -r"

11. The last command will load a window where you can set the settings for your screen.

12. Save and finish doing settings.

13. Type "exit"

14. Type "init 5"

15. When desktop loads again you can set what you want your system to do - Compiz etc.

Note: I found that Youtube now works great in Fullscreen - used to be choppy.
Note: When I set Desktop Effects at the end of this runthrough I found that my terminal window goes white when I bring it to the front. I disabled all desktop effects to stop this happening.
Note: When I tried the 1-click install method on the OpenSUSE site it destroyed my system. This is my second attempt. Had to completely reinstall OS.

Reference: I got all this from 3 main pages..


Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users

Note: I just changed the bits that said 11.1 to 11.2!!!

2. Linux Shortcuts and Commands (the first command!)

3. Configuring Graphics cards (the configuration bit)

Good luck.

PS I have not shut down and restarted my system yet... Let's hope it's all good.
I'm gonna try Chromium BSU next. I know that needs proper drivers.

Note: Good page for configuring Fedora 12 here

Distro Review: Fedora 12 | Adventures In Open Source

Friday, September 11, 2009

4 hour doubstep session

If you go to this link before Wed Sept 16th at 10pm then you will be able to hear a 4 hour dubstep session. After that it will be back to the normal drum'n'bass show with Chrissy Chris

. The link takes you to BBC iPlayer. There's some gnarly dubstep on there.

The track on there by Matta realllly did it for me - fast,warping basslines.

.. for those who always bore me by saying that dubstep is slowedd down drum'n'bass..... in a way dubstep is faster because the basslines are faster - d'n'b needs slow basslines most of the time or if not slow then very clipped and glitchy.. dubstep can have full, warping basslines with double the tempo of your average d'n'b b-line - dubstep is like a bit of a wake up call sometimes after years of d'n'b.

Anyway, here is your link for the page for the dubstep sesh on iPlayer


If, like me, you use Linux/Ubuntu and you have problems running Flash stuff then do what I did. Search Ubuntu forums to find out how to fix it. I'll post this then find the link in a minute and post it later. Basically, search the forums for Flash, wade through and you'll find an explanation of how you have to UN-install 3 bits of flash-related software using SYnaptic.

Friday, August 28, 2009

KZSS & ATMA - Obsidian Sunrise

KZSS & ATMA - Obsidian Sunrise by Atma The Weapon

This is a track by KZSS and ATMA. It links to Soundcloud - a cool looking site to upload your music and share it. Very "Web 2.0".

Not heard it myself cos I got a small problem getting Flash to work on my Ubuntu setup...


Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Visual Thinking

Long article written by someone wuth Asperger's Syndrome talking about "visual thinking" and associative thinking - linking things/not following logical pattterns of thought.

I have always done this with music - see it as pictures. If I hear a piece if music and it gives me no pictures that's how I know I don't like it OR that means I don't like it. And vice versa, if I hear some music and get a strong visual image then that is music that I like - maybe I like it because I'm enjoyinjg the visuals really...

Here's an excerpt of the article..

"I THINK IN PICTURES. Words are like a second language to me. I translate both spoken and written words into full-color movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head. When somebody speaks to me, his words are instantly translated into pictures. Language-based thinkers often find this phenomenon difficult to understand, but in my job as an equipment designer for the livestock industry, visual thinking is a tremendous advantage. Visual thinking has enabled me to build entire systems in my imagination. During my career I have designed.."


I found this article linked from Asperger Diary on Pyschology Today.

The article talks a lot about farming machinery but that's just the author's particular field - the article can be applied to any situation.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Ubuntu Studio is the way forward......

and subscribe to the UBUSTU feed..

Saturday, March 14, 2009

If, like me, you're gutted that you couldn't get tickets to see Mono, then listen to this


Mono-The Kidnapper Bell (Live)

Friday, March 13, 2009

MONO. Live in sudio

Wow. A video of Mono playing in the studio. I went to buy tickets today. It had sold out just today. So gutted. Trying ecery guest lsit possibility now.#

Here's the link for the youtube video


Thursday, February 19, 2009


Overhead Power Lines from Uskmouth Power Station, Gwent Levels, Newpor
Great pics of Wales..


Stream the Pyramids album
Stream entire PYRAMIDS album


Great stuff. Starts off very new-gazey lo-fi then shifts into deathey drumming - weird stufffff

Good old Hydrahead.....