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#1
Applications / Re: Recent GRUB / Sparky Updat...
Last post by nevertheless - Today at 03:55:38 PM
I agree with you about those update prompts (keep, erase, flip a coin). I get nervous when I see those. I always take the default answer. So far I haven't had trouble. I think that would be stressful to newbies (I'm not a newbie and I get stressed).

Regarding distros, MX Linux is the only other one I'll use. It's not in the lightweight category like Sparky. But, it's not large either. Check that one out sometime. I think it has a Windows vibe (like back in Win98 days).

Regarding Windows, I've never used Zorin OS, but I remember a few years ago they advertised choose'able desktop themes that were designed to look like 98, XP, 7, 10. I got the impression that distro was geared toward Windows users more than other distros (just the look & feel. But, if there are a lot of Widows migrants using it, then there would probably be a lot of help there finding alternatives to Windows-only apps, or how to get one working in WINE). I did install it (the "Core" edition) once, and it was LARGE memory use. One of the largest I saw. But, Windows users are accustomed to that, so ... :) That was 3-5 years ago. It may have changed in its heaviness and choice of desktop themes. Linux Lite also has a history of serving the left-behind Windows users (unsupported, machines too old/slow to run the latest). It had an XP/7 look/feel, and lighter weight than Zorin. But, both are based upon Ubuntu. I like Sparky & MX because they're not. 
#2
Applications / Re: Recent GRUB / Sparky Updat...
Last post by SparkyBookworm - Today at 05:42:53 AM
I just ran Sparky GameOver edition in an emulator. All the strange preinstalled games I briefly tested worked. Wow, what a behemoth (glad I'm not much of a gamer)! Using GameOver I installed CDDA in the SDL mode and it did not run... So Cataclysm-SDL is broken in GameOver too. I guess it wasn't just me.

I went through about half dozen other Linuxes in an emulator. Sparky is still way up there as the most impressive (to me) with Fedora 36/37 in the visible distance... Gnome with extensions has come a long way since Gnome 40 for an ex-Windows user. Sparky reminds me of a modernized Windows 7 at its best but even better.

RebornOs made me realize why I don't miss using Arch, it is too messy. Pop!Os was underwhelming and confining version of Gnome as were many other distros I had mild hopes for were letdowns. Nobara meh.

The most impressive of the distros I went through was ReactOs running Windows MSI binaries abandonware Windows apps from pre-2000's. While it isn't a good daily use OS it is still simple to install legacy Windows stuff for nostalgia purposes maybe., it has some barely functional browsers I've never heard of too.

My only complaint with GameOver edition was it led to the same GRUB update during the lengthy updates which I chose the first option this time and installed GRUB into two locations (press space NOT enter for the (*) checkbox). Nothing broke but changes in GRUB spooks people that are still new-to-Linux. It is confusing for such an important Linux component to be handled in such a casual manner, it reminds me of maintaining kernels on Manjaro while using wifi hardware not yet fully supported by Linux.
#3
Hardware / No sound on the fresh installa...
Last post by xaos - September 26, 2022, 08:13:47 AM
Welcome. I've just installed Sparky on my Matebook and I have no sound after the fresh installation. What is strange, I used Sparky in the past on the same laptop and everything was ok.

The system says it's unable to find any soundcard - no input or output devices found, so I can't use my microphone, too.

When i run aplay --list-devices I get:

aplay: device_list:275: no soundcards found...

When I run /sbin/lsmod | grep snd I get:

nd_hda_intel          57344  0
snd_intel_dspcfg       36864  1 snd_hda_intel
snd_intel_sdw_acpi     20480  1 snd_intel_dspcfg
snd_hda_codec         184320  1 snd_hda_intel
snd_hda_core          118784  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_pci_acp6x          20480  0
snd_hwdep              16384  1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pci_acp5x          20480  0
snd_pcm               159744  4 snd_pci_acp6x,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_core
snd_rn_pci_acp3x       20480  0
snd_acp_config         16384  1 snd_rn_pci_acp3x
snd_timer              45056  1 snd_pcm
snd_soc_acpi           16384  1 snd_acp_config
snd                   126976  5 snd_hwdep,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_timer,snd_pcm
snd_pci_acp3x          20480  0
soundcore              16384  1 snd

lspci shows the output:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Root Complex
00:00.2 IOMMU: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 IOMMU
00:01.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 17h (Models 00h-1fh) PCIe Dummy Host Bridge
00:01.2 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 PCIe GPP Bridge [6:0]
00:08.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 17h (Models 00h-1fh) PCIe Dummy Host Bridge
00:08.1 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Internal PCIe GPP Bridge 0 to Bus A
00:08.2 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Internal PCIe GPP Bridge 0 to Bus B
00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH SMBus Controller (rev 61)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH LPC Bridge (rev 51)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 0
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 1
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 2
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 3
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 4
00:18.5 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 5
00:18.6 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 6
00:18.7 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven/Raven2 Device 24: Function 7
01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 8265 / 8275 (rev 78)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Raven Ridge [Radeon Vega Series / Radeon Vega Mobile Series] (rev c4)
02:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Raven/Raven2/Fenghuang HDMI/DP Audio Controller
02:00.2 Encryption controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 17h (Models 10h-1fh) Platform Security Processor
02:00.3 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven USB 3.1
02:00.4 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Raven USB 3.1
02:00.5 Multimedia controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor
02:00.6 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 17h/19h HD Audio Controller
03:00.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 61)

How can I fix the lack of the sound? I need simple, step-by step instructions, because I'm rather a beginner user of Linux. Thank You in advance :)

EDIT:

I have just installed the newest kernel, because i thought it could help, but nothing changed...


#4
Applications / Re: Recent GRUB / Sparky Updat...
Last post by SparkyBookworm - September 26, 2022, 12:14:53 AM
Link to Arch Grub issue:
https://endeavouros.com/news/full-transparency-on-the-grub-issue/

Not sure what it means... if anything for Sparky and Debian Linux.

edit:
I restarted the PC so I could see the Grub screen again, this time I finally paid attention and at the top (the title) is the Grub version I currently have installed: Grub 2.06-3
I know it is silly I've never noticed this before. I wish there was a simple terminal command that worked to tell me current Grub version without having to restart.

https://sources.debian.org/patches/grub2/2.06-3/
#5
Applications / Re: Recent GRUB / Sparky Updat...
Last post by SparkyBookworm - September 25, 2022, 11:35:05 PM
Learning what SDL interface is for
Most of the other SDL apps I tested seem to be working so perhaps it isn't the problem. Maybe not updating the Grub is the culprit. Idk.
#6
Applications / Re: Recent GRUB / Sparky Updat...
Last post by SparkyBookworm - September 25, 2022, 08:16:43 PM
The Cli-based Cataclysm works fine, but the SDL-interface does not.

I used Double Commander as root to search all leftover instances of 'Cataclysm' on my PC that I could find, deleting all instances including all 3 cataclysm-dda-XYZ files located in the /var/cache/apt/archives/ directory. All the hidden dot.files too. 

I downloaded another SDL-interface based app/game, called 'slashem-sdl' and that seemed to work. I don't play or edit that game so I deleted and installed other SDL-interface based applications I could find in the repository.

I installed gearhead-sdl and gearhead2-sdl and all their recommended depends. Also sdl-ball, and wolf4sdl too.

Results:
gearhead-sdl worked.
gearhead2-sdl worked.
sdl-ball worked.

wolf4sdl did NOT work.

Downloaded freeciv as it also seems to use sdl2. The Freeciv game worked.

So maybe this is some sort of SDL-related problem?

Only CDDA in Cli-mode works. Every other SDL-based game I tried except for wolf4sdl worked. Now I got to delete those games.

I am more concerned about the recent Grub updates, what is the correct option to choose for the Grub update?
#7
Applications / Re: Recent GRUB / Sparky Updat...
Last post by SparkyBookworm - September 25, 2022, 06:59:33 PM


"A new version of configuration file grub is available, but the version installed currently has been locally modified"

..Problem is, I don't recall modifying Grub or anything else in the '/etc/default/grub' directory.
#8
Newbie questions / Re: nm tray - Edit connection
Last post by mmortal03 - September 24, 2022, 10:43:16 PM
I ran into the same problem with the LXQt version. The problem is that nm_tray tries to call xterm to load nmtui-edit when you click on "Edit connections", but xterm is not installed by default on the LXQt version.
#9
System upgrading / Beware libffi8 3.4.3 upgrade i...
Last post by bin - September 24, 2022, 08:30:37 AM
If you're running Sid with an extra ARCH such as i386 please put libffi8 3.4.2  and libffi8:i386 3.4.2 as HOLD. They cannot both be upgraded to 3.4.3 and you're left with a mess. It's something to do with libffi8ubuntu1.
#10
Applications / Re: Recent GRUB / Sparky Updat...
Last post by SparkyBookworm - September 24, 2022, 12:10:04 AM
While waiting for the answer to the GRUB issue I made another attempt to remedy the CDDA issue.

Step 1) Once again uninstalled CDDA.
Step 2) In my folder home/username/, I deleted the .config and .cache related folders for the game Cataclysm.
Step 3) Deleted the leftover folder 'cataclysm-dda' using root, it had some leftover extra folders from github mods: /usr/share/games/cataclysm-dda/.
Step 4) Reinstalled CDDA.
Step 5) Uninstalled CDDA again.
Step 5) Reinstalled CDDA again.

Same result as before. I killed CDDA =(


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