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Ameris experiments with sound so you don't have to

28 November 2013 - 01:56 PM

HELLO THERE!

 

After screwing around for several months trying to get my Hack perfect, I always found one thing that I couldn’t take care of: sound.

 

Yes, I know it is a small thing, and sound is relatively easy to get working. Thing is is that I like great sound, not just sound alone.

 

The following notes are several months in the making.

 

1. INTEGRATED SOUND:

 

BEST SOLUTION: Patched AppleHDA

 

Integrated sound is the easiest choice out there because pretty much every motherboard has built in sound. Unfortunately, the quality is lacking (especially for electronic dance music fans). If you want great sound, look somewhere else.

 

VoodooHDA is a good tool for those who want to set it and forget it, but voodoohda has some major quality problems that a patched AppleHDA does not. Whats even worse is that one can tell when one uses voodoohda over a patched AppleHDA. Thats how poor the quality is in voodoohda. Now, I am not gonna {censored} all over the good job that the fine folks at voodoo have done, but right now, its not as mature as it could be

 

2. USB SOUND

 

BEST SOLUTION: Syba SD-AUD20101

 

This USB sound card has very good quality. Plus, it can handle 96KHz/24 bit depth. The quality is better than onboard audio most definitely. But, this has its own draw-backs. USB sound suffers from pops more oft than onboard audio. One thing that I have noticed is that the pops occur due to actions not concerning my computer. I have a built in fan in my bathroom to ventilate it when I take a shower. It has a timer on it. When the timer hits zero, the USB sound card pops. Strange indeed. However, if you are willing to deal with a card that can pick up interference, then this is the best solution for you.

 

3. PCI SOUND

 

BEST SOLUTION: Sound Blaster Audigy 4

 

Sure, its an old card, but the quality is outstanding. The SNR runs up to 106, meaning that you will hear a lot of noise you normally wouldn’t with an integrated solution. The only bad part about this card is the driver support. With OS X, the only game in town is kx, and those drivers limit your ability to change sample and bit rates. So, if you notice your card is over-sampling (easy to spot because of the crackles it makes) you are SOL unless if you restart your machine or switch to a different audio device. I have also experienced a couple of random Kernel Panics, but these are few and far between.

 

THE WINNER:

 

Sound Blaster 4 Audigy hands down. Even with its issues and its age it still gives the best quality. They are also pretty darn cheap on eBay. I bought mine for ~$15. 

Which boot loader do you prefer?

20 November 2013 - 01:55 PM

Ok, I use Clover.

 

I love it completely

 

It is the best damn boot loader out there.

 

I think its good enough that Linux distros should abandon GRUB in favor of Clover.

 

And, as for the TonyMac program, this is not a thread for support. That boot loader exists and to ignore its large install base would be skewing reality.

 

Edited to be more specific

Let my people go!

12 November 2013 - 09:52 PM

Is it totally necessary that AMD should have their own sub forums in OSx86 installation forum?

 

You are taking away a right that went back to Tiger.

 

AMD and Intel were to be treated equally

 

Now we have this. You have made them into second class citizens in their own home.

 

They have suffered long enough.

 

Please, Mr Alessandro17, tear down this wall!

 

TL/DR version:

 

Everything I said up there is a joke. But in all seriousness, should we really be shooing them into a sub forum that people probably wouldn't venture into? People who have AMD systems, with an easily, solvable problem not relating to it being an AMD processor machine, might get overlooked.

I was a newb

21 October 2013 - 02:51 AM

Everyone was one. Everyone.

 

We all asked those stupid questions.

 

Lets see how newbish you were:

 

This is from me in 2008

 

http://www.insanelym...current-kernel/

 

I have installed OSx86 using the Kalyway DVD, and I am about to install the 10.5.3 update. Unfortunately, I am not as well versed as I wish I was in this field, so, to ask a "newbish" question, how do I figure out how to see which kernel my Hackintosh is using?

Thanks. 

Disk space mysteriously shrinking solution

24 September 2013 - 06:07 PM

I think there is a bug in Mavericks.

 

There is no way in hell my address book is 30GB of data +

 

If you have noticed that your disk is shrinking for no reason at all, chances are it is happening at /private/var/folders/ls/SOME RANDOM CHARACTERS AND NUMBERS/C/folders with the subfolders of com.apple.AddressBook and com.apple.AddressBook.thumbnailcache

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