My Linux Gaming Machine
Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:18 PM
Install Debian 3.0r1
Get Graphics Drivers
Get Sound Drivers
Get network (Samba) working with Winblows machines
Install TV Adapter
Problems already encountered
Debian installation taking too long, next time I install the bare essentials and apt-get.
Graphics card is outdated, Voodoo 3 3500. No drivers released since '99.
Sound card is super-outdated, SoundBlaster 16. However, is well supported.
TV Adapter, Voodoo 3500 needs drivers.
Buy new hardware - no.
Install a secondary PCI graphics card - possibly.
Currently installing Debian from net install.
Posted 01 September 2003 - 01:29 PM
Phew! It's easier the second time. Lets see, I need to recompile the kernel for v4l and i2c support.
Edited by fanatic, 01 September 2003 - 03:08 PM.
Posted 02 September 2003 - 04:45 PM
KDE 3.1.3. After taking dozens of hours to get it working (with long breaks), it looks beautiful. Mmmmm.
Kernel recompilation time!
Posted 02 September 2003 - 05:23 PM
Posted 02 September 2003 - 05:27 PM
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Posted 24 October 2003 - 02:41 AM
Here is what I would probably be running in your scenario..
Default rh9 install Avoid server crap just the workstation needs.
Update your OpenGL with the 3DFX drivers.. since you have the voodoo
get latest PLIB
show the love with the latest stable X.. 4 something.
Latest stable Mesa
Step one release lower than the default gcc
In 2.6 kernel I noticed soundblaster is supported.. probably supported in a rebuild of 2.4 if you dont wish to go with 2.6.. yet I have no problems outside my usb issue which im almost fixed with.
make your wm to fluxbox latest... You dont need all that fancy bs with gnome or kde since that graphic crap takes up your memory which for the purpose of gaming performance we want the machine to breath performance.
Speed up your kernel-
Remove all drivers that do NOT pertain to your system. example being video drivers that are not needed by your system. Krnls often come with general configs. Remove everything but the voodoo and graphic support drivers for your video..
Another hint is if you have to have it in your kernel for your system to work.. then build it in.. otherwise modulate it or dont have it at all. Really take some time to look at it.. you can shrink your kernel by quite a bit if you do so.
Dont install any services for the box since you wont be using them. services take up small memory that you would rather devote to your frag enjoyment. No you dont even need sshd on there. No ftpd or httpd. You really shoudnt even need lpd. I also killed the RHN stuff forever cause it sits there waiting for updates and whatnot. Its a waste to have on for your purpose.
If the game has configuration options make sure you read them. If you can configure it specificly for your graphics card setup or your system setup.. then set those options. Sometimes this can add improved performance.
Also there is something called DRI you may want to read up on. Im not too familiar with it but it might be a good read.
Hope that gives you a idea of where to head in both the performance arena as well as a guideline.
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