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It's Tough Being an AMD Fanboi

Today, 10:16 AM

Posted by raymac46 in Hardware
As an example take the newest AMD Raven Ridge APUs...please. (They don't call them APUs anymore but hey...)
At a time when GPUs are expensive and in short supply, at a time when Intel is coping with a PR disaster - a new chip that combines Ryzen technology with Vega graphics at a reasonable price should be a real winner. However, it looks as if AMD has shot itself in the head once again.
  • Many of the AM4 socketed motherboards that would normally support the new chip require a firmware upgrade to even boot. You may need a Ryzen CPU and a GPU to boot and update the UEFI. Or AMD can loan you an older Bristol Ridge APU to get going.
  • You have to be careful to choose the right DDR4 RAM or you will be in trouble. The right RAM is pretty expensive too.
  • Once started in Windows, you often get crashes that are not fully understood. Some reviewers went down during benchmarking.
  • In Linux even with the latest kernel and bleeding edge graphics stack, the performance is buggy and unstable.
The bottom line is I wouldn't be building a system with a Raven Ridge chip in it right now. Like most AMD solutions in the past, it's better to wait a year or so. That's what I did when I built my AMD Trinity desktop in 2013. As usual AMD misses a great sales opportunity.
Did I mention it's tough to be an AMD fanboi?

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Linux DAW & Recording

15 Feb 2018

Posted by Hedon James in Bruno's All Things Linux
Directed specifically to Sunrat & SecurityBreach, but I don't want to assume others won't have ideas/solutions.

Background - I've repurposed an older Dell Vostro dual core as a dedicated DAW workstation, although I primarily just use Ardour.  Actually, I'm a former Cubase user on WinXP, but I'm trying to switch over to OSS offerings and Ardour certainly seems capable.  I used a Lexicon Omega for input to the Cubase software and the Omega seems to work perfectly fine with Linux and Ardour.  But it's almost 15 years old and the indicator lights on the face are always on, and provide false visual readings.  I've looked into having it serviced, but service costs more than the original purchase, and Lexicon doesn't make Omegas anymore.  Realizing it's just a matter of time, I've done my homework and settled on a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6.  Confirmed to "just work" with Linux and getting rave reviews from those that own one.  Besides looking quite sexy in its brushed red aluminum casing, it's built like a tank...I could throw this against the wall in a fit of frustration and only end up with a drywall repair.  :devil:

I've finally hooked it up and it does seem to work with Linux and Ardour, but I don't have 4 simultaneous inputs, like with the Omega, only 2.  Reading the fine manual, it appears that the internal routing is changeable by installing the Focusrite Control software....proprietary and for Windows ONLY.  No problem, install it in my Windows VM and use the hardware/software just like I do with the Omega and Cubase in my Windows VM.  That combo works just fine once I "capture" the Omega in the VirtualBox VM.  I've done the same with iPods & iTunes, Zunes and Zune Music Manager, etc...  But I CANNOT get the Focusrite Control software to "see" the device.  Drivers are installed with the Focusrite Software...Windows "sees" the device, and the Focusrite hardware is listed in the device manager and in sound settings.  I have tried different USB ports, uninstalling, re-installing, and re-initializing...all with the same result.  I've duplicated these actions in a Win7 AND a Win10 machine in an attempt to isolate differences there.  No satisfaction...Focusrite Control STILL reports "no hardware found".  I have no "native" Windows installs in my house, so I borrowed a friends laptop with Win10 and installed Focusrite Control and drivers and...TADA...everything works as Focusrite advertises it should.  I can only conclude this is an issue with the proprietary Focusrite Control software and the way it responds in a VM.

Sunrat - Have you ever experienced anything like this?  I bought the Focusrite 6 months ago, but due to my planned move, I just left it in the box until now, secure in the knowledge that it "just works" in Linux.  I learned a LONG time ago that sometimes the solution to Linux problems is different hardware...but now that I'm into a $250 piece of hardware beyond the exchange/refund deadline, I'd like to figure out how to cope.  Any similar experiences, and how did you resolve?

SB - Assuming my issue is indeed related somehow to the way the Focusrite drivers react with VirtualBox VMs, perhaps a "bare metal" Virtual Machine is the way to go?  I seem to remember you mentioning that your VMs are bare metal installations (Qemu?), but I don't know anything about that.  What are your thoughts?  Worth pursuing or likely to end up in the same place as my current VirtualBox situation, for reasons I don't understand yet?  If worthwhile, how about a quick primer on "bare metal" VM installations?  Or perhaps a HowToForge tutorial?

Any thoughts or advice from anyone not named Sunrat or SecurityBreach will also be considered, BTW!  Thanks in advance!

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Microsoft February, 2018, Security Updates

13 Feb 2018

Posted by Corrine in Security & Networking
The February security release consists of 50 CVEs, of which 14 are listed as Critical, 34 are rated Important, and 2 are rated Moderate in severity. The updates address Remote Code Execution, Elevation of Privilege, Information Disclosure and Security Feature Bypass.

See this month's Zero Day Initiative ó The February 2018 Security Update Review by Dustin Childs in which he discusses several of the patches and includes a breakdown of the CVE's addressed in the update.  

For more information about the updates released today, see https://portal.msrc....ary.  Updates can be sorted by OS from the search box. Information about the update for Windows 10 is available aWindows 10 Update History

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