Tue, 31 Jan 2006

zsnes sound not working with alsa

I was having a little problem with my sound not working at all in zsnes on my HTPC and finally got around to trying to fix the problem tonight. It was starting up and getting an error saying Sound init failed! in the console when running zsnes. It turns out that I just needed the proper sound libraries which I installed in debian by apt-get'ing the package libsdl1.2debian-alsa. This uninstalled the default oss package, installed the alsa version and after that things worked just perfectly. Now I can hear all the glory that is super nintendo sound :)

posted at: 01:16 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Sun, 26 Jun 2005

HTPC update

I finally went out and upgraded my HTPC (freevo) machine after having some small frustrations with the setup on the Epia M10000 platform. It was just a little underpowered to handle high quality xvid codecs and such. I also had a small problem with sound skipping ever so slightly on dolby/dts dvd's every so often that I never did figure out. It was hardly detectable but just one of those things that bothers you once you notice it.

So anyways, I moved to an athlon xp 2000 system which has tons of power for what I'm using it for (just divx/xvid/dvd's). I purchased a M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound card for the system to get a spdif output to my reciever. It works really well after finding out how to direct audio to the spdif output. Everything is setup and working well now, and my newest problem is noise/heat. I've got a zalman flower cpu fan on it, and added some sound dampening which has helped, but it does run at about 68C under load (and not much less idle). It seems to be stable however so I'm just going to go with it. I might keep an eye open for a Duron cpu or something that might produce a little less heat and swap that in there maybe.

posted at: 21:51 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Wed, 29 Sep 2004

freevo (xine) 5.1 output

I finally found the option for the digital audio output in xine. It was right in the FAQ for xine, and I'm not sure how I missed it before. Just had to change the audio.speaker_arrangement: option in the ~/.xine/config file and set it to Pass Through. It seems the default is to output two channel audio. So that is all working properly again, and everything is well with the freevo box. I still have one thing that I've been meaning to do for a while and that is setup a screensaver so that when it's idle for a long time it just cycles through a slideshow or something.

posted at: 15:25 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Sun, 12 Sep 2004

freevo 1.5.1

Just upgraded my freevo box to version 1.5.1, and mplayer 1.0pre5. The only problem I ran into was that the mplayer alsa audio output driver was changed from alsa1x to just alsa. The new version supports caching of zsnes titles which should speed up browsing games which always takes longer than I'd like.

posted at: 11:06 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Wed, 25 Aug 2004

mame and zsnes

Over the past few evenings I've sunk some time into setting up mame and zsnes in freevo and things appear to be working quite well right now. I went out an picked up a couple of Saitek P880 gamepads at lunch today and got them all hooked up this evening. They are working great and do quite well for this setup.

It took some time to figure out xmame but after reading through some articles I found what I needed and it's working great now. I'll try and get around to posting all my findings/settings for xmame and zsnes on my freevo page sometime soon and maybe even try and submit some stuff to the freevo wiki if I have time.

I was also having some irq problems with my freevo box the other day after upgrading to but solved all my problems by reverting back to 2.6.7. Things seem to be working great now so I think I'll just stick with 2.6.7 for a while as I can't find any reason to upgrade at all.

posted at: 22:28 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Sat, 21 Aug 2004

freevo... pictures?

I did a bunch of work on the freevo box this evening and updated the kernel to the newest release ( along with the newest epia patches. I've put together a tiny amount of information that is mostly just handly links if your setting up freevo using debian on a Via M10000 system. Since I was recompiling I decided to apply the bootsplash patch as well since it works quite well on the dedicated system and makes it feel more like an appliance than a computer. I also took a few pictures of my setup. The first pictures is the bootup splash screen (using the "swirlpool" theme), the second is the main freevo screen after it has booted up, and the third is freevo playing some music.

bootsplash bootsplash bootsplash

posted at: 02:32 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Fri, 20 Aug 2004

5.1 channel audio

A couple nights ago I finally got around to hooking up my surround speakers and setup my home theatre system how it's suppost to work. I went to test the system out and noticed that my freevo box isn't outputing a 5.1 channel on the spdif output anymore. I'm not sure why yet it or when it stopped working. I did some tinkering with the setup but had no luck so I'll have to dig a little deeper to find the cause. Oh well, it's not like I have all that many thing to watch/listen to with 5 channel audio anyways, and if I do I can probably just watch them in my dvd player. But, it's still bugging me...

posted at: 14:35 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Tue, 13 Jul 2004


Did an upgrade to freevo a couple days ago to bring things up to the 1.5rc4 release and did a debian upgrade as well. Everything went pretty smooth and seems to be working well.

posted at: 12:39 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Sat, 12 Jun 2004

back in working order

Well I spent a good many of hours getting my freevo setup all back in full working order over the past couple of days. Added the epia patch to the 2.6.6 kernel to get fully accelerated video again, and found out what my problem was with xine after I upgraded. It seems there was some default option to resample the video in some way which was seriously killing the performance of the machine. Once I got that sorted out everything was well once again. I also setup my buddies machine with the new kernel and freevo as well. I also found out you can install acpid and with the right kernel options make the power button do a shutdown. So I set that up as well which makes the whole system pretty slick in design. If I get some more time I might try and setup the bootsplash thing again too.

I also started dumping some of my notes into a page which I'll have to throw up online when I get a chance. So many things to do....

posted at: 12:09 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry

Mon, 07 Jun 2004

new freevo!

New release of freevo yesterday of what looks to be the last RC release (or so they hope). I got it all loaded up on the system and it seems to be working ok. I noticed a problem a couple days ago though with choppy audio when watching video that uses mp3 encoding for audio. I have no idea when that problem started but I wasn't able to find the source of the problem just yet. I'll have to hack away at it for a while when I get some time and get that fixed up. When watching sources with AC3 audio it works fine though, so I don't know... As I think I mentioned before, I should setup some type of webpage for my freevo setup as it would probably be benifical for other people doing the same type of setup with the via m10000 boards.

posted at: 13:24 | path: /freevo | permanent link to this entry


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