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Sep. 6th, 2012 @ 10:28 pm Farewell Calcifer, hello Teto
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Wednesday, I went to the post office to pick up my new desktop machine, which I have named Teto (which you all know is the fox-squirrel that accompanies Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind). It's a dual-core Atom (with hyperthreading, so the system monitor shows four cores) and it came with 2GB of RAM. It just so happened that I had bought another 2GB stick when I thought that the RAM was the cause of Calcifer's crashes -- and the motherboard has a second SODIMM-slot, so now the machine has 4GB of RAM. Not that it needs it, but hey.
The box is tiny, much smaller and lighter than Calcifer. It has a shiny black exterior, which I like a lot. Unfortunately, it has only place for a 2.5" HDD, so I couldn't plug in Calcifer's HDD and be done with it -- I had to do a re-install of Ubuntu.

The system is pretty responsive. I'm quite pleased with it. Video is still choppy though -- but at least it's possible to identify the video, which was not even possible on Calcifer.
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From:merle_
Date:September 6th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Is it integrated video? I assume so based on size, but am more a laptop person so always go with a dedicated GPU rather than memory mapping.
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From:fub
Date:September 7th, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
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It does have integrated video -- the Nvidia ION chipset, which is capable of decoding HD video.
Unless you are a hardcore gamer, there's little reason to go for discrete graphics anymore: the integrated chipsets are good enough for most games and decoding video. Also, it's cheaper and consumes less power!
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From:crustycurmudgeo
Date:September 7th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Sad to hear about Calcifer's demise. He was a good servant.

Strange that a modern PC still has problems with video. Is it only full screen HD that gets choppy? I can easily play a DVD full screen on my cheapy laptop with no problems.
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From:fub
Date:September 7th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Calcifer certainly served me well those years. I'm half-and-half contemplating changing the elco's so he works again, but that's hardly economical anymore.

I tested the HD with a BluRay rip, with a ridiculous bitrate and weird sound format. I've just tested it with a 'normal' 720p mkv, and that played smoothly.
And I do all of this on Ubuntu -- the Linux drivers have a tendency to lag behind the Windows drivers, and often stuff like the video decoding is locked away by patents and can't be used in anything other than the binary Windows drivers.
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From:schumach
Date:September 11th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
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That sounds similar to my main desktop now. Mine's a fit-PC2i, which is fanless low-power box, which I plan to eventually be my always-on house server.

It just has Intel graphics, but that's good enough for me. Playing videos is a little choppy, but I'm not picky.
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