~~~tintintin wrote:Hey Mike,All I can say is that you guys are very tolerant and patient. I realise that linux only makes up a small segment of the market, but I still think it sucks that a company as big as ASUS can't even bother to make any effort in supporting it. Even just one guy working on linux compatibility issues?I think generally it is better to review what we can run Linux on
To my mind, the one BIG thing that keeps linux as a bit player in the desktop space is this perennial issue of hardware driver problems. In Windows, everything just usually works. This isn't because Windows is an intrinsically better OS (it ain't!), but rather because the hardware makers go to great lengths to make their stuff compatible with Windows. Imagine if they did the same for linux? One thing for sure, nothing will happen if people don't push.
I have thought of just buying a cheap audio card as a way of getting around this problem, but the Behringer would be easier to just plug in. I'll keep that as a last stand solution if I can't get my problem sorted otherwise.if the chipset on your board doesn't do music well you can try a Behringer UFO202 from Amazon. This DAC is USB connected. I use mine in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and in MINT and it works fine. not sure yet but i think the CODEC in MINT is a bit better !
windows has had their share of driver problems over the years.
do you have enough CPU to play with music? i don't know what rate is 'required' . on play back you are likely feeding 1kb/sec into the converter and it has to be un-interrupted.
one problem i've run into on CDs -- you may get read errors when you RIP a CD and if so you have a blank spot in the play back. you can try re-ripping at a slower read rate (I think Brasero does this automatically ) or if you have just 1 littel skip you can pull uip the track in Audacity and just delete the blank spot. that ain't perfect but usually you won't notice it much . alternatively you'd have to buy another copy of the CD.
IIWU I'd get a Behringer. i've found running audio off the on-board chip set may interfere with other use of that device.