Fingers crossed

Remember that new PC I was building? Well, it didn’t work. It seemed like the video card was faulty, so I sent that back. Ebuyer apparently tested it, and found it faulty, so they’ve sent me a replacement. Tonight, I’ll see if it works…!

Also, some theiving little chavs nicked my laptop bag. Bastages. Luckily, it didn’t have my laptop in it at the time, so fuck you, chavs.

Also, the mythbox is sorta-kinda working. Aerial splitter has arrived so might get to test it properly tonight. It’s running Xubuntu 6.06 with Myth 0.19, but the packages I used don’t have support for XvMC compiled in, so I might remove Myth and try the old packages from thehunter.ws, which aren’t maintained anymore.

Or, I might try a SVN source compile – it’ll be a fair bit faster on my old athlon than it was when I tried it on a Celery1200, I’d think. Plus, I could try distCC on the new box – that should be wicked fast.

New mythbox is a bit noisy though. Think it might be the location of the drives. Its got two “silent” drive bays at the back, with rubber grommets etc, and two exposed bays at the front which don’t have anything. They seem noisy, and they heat up the PSU (I think) which makes it spin its fan like crazy. I need to move them temporarily and see what difference it makes.

Stuff to do, stuff to do. Plus I’ve recently acquired the old Xbox games Rainbow6: Black Watch, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, and Halo – which cost a total of about £20. I already own the PC version of Splinter Cell, but having tried Chaos Theory on both now, I think I prefer the console version – it’s not as pretty but I like the control scheme. I think I’d like it less if I was a more trigger-happy SCer, but I prefer stealthy so I can take a little longer lining up the shot with impugnity.