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by 111MilesToGo
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Cloning a hard disk - In search of best practice
Replies: 13
Views: 3410

Re: Cloning a hard disk - In search of best practice

Thanks to you all for recommendations and calls to caution. For my GPT-partitioned, EFI/GRUB2-booted SSD, my current procedure is as follows (short summary): Use gdisk to set up the GPT partitions on the new target disk. As mentioned above, all except my big music partition are to remain identical i...
by 111MilesToGo
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Cloning a hard disk - In search of best practice
Replies: 13
Views: 3410

Re: Cloning a hard disk - In search of best practice

I'm not sure if dd is the best practice for cloning disks, but I've cloned several disks using it with no problems. I would avoid dd (disk destroyer), it is so easy to make a simple typo and trash your system. it is so easy to make a simple typo and trash your system +1 Yes, everybody is very anxio...
by 111MilesToGo
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Cloning a hard disk - In search of best practice
Replies: 13
Views: 3410

Cloning a hard disk - In search of best practice

I would like to gather your recommendations as to the best practice for cloning a hard disk to a larger one, enlarging one out of several partitions in the process. Sorry if my thoughts below are complicated and convoluted, and if I am asking for education, but such cloning is a major, important and...
by 111MilesToGo
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

As an old-time Hi-Fi nut , I'm fascinated by all of this . Me too. I never realized that audiophile quality was a possibility. This thread has convinced me that it's worth the price of the Audioquest Dragonfly Red just to try it ( I have spent much more on a new cartridge for my turntable in the pa...
by 111MilesToGo
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

To summarize my current progress and status: I got what I called a "near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup" working fine under both Linux Mint 18.2 and openSUSE Tumbleweed, employing four audio players under each operating system. Audacious 3.9 and DeaDBeeF 0.7.2 are slim players o...
by 111MilesToGo
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

For Audacious, use "Direct hardware device without any conversions". That prevents ALSA from doing any resampling. Then, for the high sample rates that the USB-DAC doesn't support directly, you can configure resampling in Audacious as follows: 1. Go to Output -> Effects 2. Enable the Samp...
by 111MilesToGo
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

Now for a summary on my findings under both Linux Mint and openSUSE and for two audio players, DeaDBeeF and Audacious. It's important to use the latest versions of both players, 0.7.2 and 3.9, resp. Both players are configured to do their output to ALSA. For the following, please remember that my US...
by 111MilesToGo
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

In order to bring this thread to a - preliminary! - conclusion, I should like to add two posts, one regarding the ALSA stuff under openSUSE Tumbleweed and Leap 42.3, one giving a summary of the setups that do work for me in getting closer to a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup. Please b...
by 111MilesToGo
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

Regarding Audacious: I will switch to version 3.9 from the Webupd8 PPA on Monday. MAYBE the issue with "Direct hardware device" disappears? YES, jumping 2.5 years down the road from the Mint repo version to the current one does in fact cure the Audacious problem with the "Direct hard...
by 111MilesToGo
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

Regarding Audacious: I will switch to version 3.9 from the Webupd8 PPA on Monday. MAYBE the issue with "Direct hardware device" disappears?
by 111MilesToGo
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

Thanks to you both for helping. Please, some more help is needed nevertheless! Summarizing the situation in short: Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon 64-bits No manual changes to any system-wide / user-specific configuration files for ALSA and for PulseAudio yet Using the ALSA devices hw:CARD=v10,DEV=0 AudioQ...
by 111MilesToGo
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

I'm glad to find like-minded people here on this forum, understanding what "good sound" really means and knowledgeable about Linux. Thanks for your help up to now, and bear with me further on when I continue to draw on your expertise. ... Like in WIndows or OS X you do have to forego softw...
by 111MilesToGo
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Re: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

5. ALSA Looking at my Hardware First, here's my computer: $ inxi -Fxzd System: Host: minty182ce Kernel: 4.10.0-33-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard (portable) product: HP EliteBook 8560w ...
by 111MilesToGo
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup
Replies: 26
Views: 38354

Steps towards a near-audiophile, bit-perfect Linux audio setup

I am working my way towards turning my computer into a "near-audiophile", "close-to bit-perfect" source for playing audio and video. In opening this thread, I am seeking help from the community here. To begin with, I am fully aware that there are many forums, blogs etc for comput...
by 111MilesToGo
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Screensaver won't unlock
Replies: 11
Views: 2389

Re: Screensaver won't unlock

I should like to bump this thread since there seems to be no solution yet, at least none that I could find. I have a fresh install of Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Cinnamon 64-bit. I did leave ALL settings in their out-of-the-box state, i.e. "lock when put to sleep ON", "lock after screensave...
by 111MilesToGo
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Audioquest Dragonfly Red USB-DAC - Any experience available?
Replies: 8
Views: 9020

Re: Audioquest Dragonfly Red USB-DAC - Any experience available?

Here's a tool you might find usefull. https://lacocina.nl/detect-alsa-output-capabilities I'm on a way towards a better-sounding computer ("audiophile" by stages). greerd, one question for you: Even when I do easily believe Ronald van Engelen's script to be safe, how to make sure the scri...
by 111MilesToGo
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?

Installing both from terminal with ubiquity -b should be fine, then sudo update-grub for the grub2 from Tumbleweed to find the 2 new installs should work as long as tumbleweed uses the same grub update command. +1 it's indeed much simpler if you already have an EFI boot manager. My workaround was i...
by 111MilesToGo
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?

So you will have to workaround. I would do it the following way : 1) make sure the hard drive is formatted in GPT and has an EFI System Partition 2) make an install without bootloader in the unallocated space of the rest of the disk. To do so, launch the installer from a terminal with ubiquity -b 3...
by 111MilesToGo
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?

It's quite strange that you are not able to boot the USB in UEFI mode. Either the firmware is defective or there is a setting to enable USB UEFI somewhere in the firmware interface. It's a 2011 machine with only a half-baked UEFI implementation, made to just take care of the Windows bare minimum re...
by 111MilesToGo
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Enforce UEFI installation of Mint?

My laptop (HP 8560w) in its start-up boot device menu offers UEFI booting only for the internal hard disk and its so-called upgrade bay which holds its internal DVD drive. It doesn't offer UEFI boot from USB. My hard disk is set up for UEFI boot, all running fine. Currently, I suspect the internal D...

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