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Re: Computerus

Postby Thad » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:28 pm

It occurs to me that I could even hold off on buying a graphics card, since the games I'm playing right now will work fine on on-board Intel graphics. I'll need one eventually, and I *really* want to get away from the damn Nvidia proprietary graphics stack, but it's still early days for Vulkan and AMD still lags on OpenGL.

OTOH I've dual-booted before and I can do it again. Hell, I probably will; did you guys hear there's a Windows emulator that will play Breath of the Wild at 1080p? (4K, even, but I don't have a 4K TV, so.) I'd totally buy the game, mind, but I wouldn't even need a Wii U or Switch to play it on.

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Re: Computerus

Postby TA » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:53 pm

... okay, but what emulator?
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Re: Computerus

Postby sei » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:09 pm

Thad wrote:Nooooope, will not be buying it this paycheck.

Damn taxes.

Maybe I'll buy the case. It's not on Amazon so I can't get Prime shipping so it'll take longer to get here than the stuff that is on Amazon. And I can mostly tell if the case is in good working order by looking at it, though of course I won't be able to test buttons or ports until I've got them hooked up to something.


Just buy some of the parts that are marked down well and wait on the other ones to be marked down?
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Re: Computerus

Postby Thad » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:28 pm

TA wrote:... okay, but what emulator?

http://cemu.info/
sei wrote:Just buy some of the parts that are marked down well and wait on the other ones to be marked down?

Yeah, I've already ordered a USB hard drive that I'm going to use to transfer content off my current HTPC, and like I said, it might be worth waiting on the graphics card for a bit.

But I don't want to space out my purchases *too* much, since I need to be able to hook stuff up and make sure it works before the return period is up. (Or the rebate period, if any.) So I probably want to get the essential components (MB, PS, processor, case, boot drive, and at least some of the RAM) pretty close together.

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Re: Computerus

Postby sei » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:24 am

Damn good call on the return window. Hadn't thought of that.
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Re: Computerus

Postby Thad » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:48 pm

Well, I bought and built the thing, mostly. Haven't grabbed a graphics card yet (the new Polaris refresh just came out and it's probably a good idea to wait for the Vega line, if only to see if it pushes the RX400 series' prices down), and I'm still playing my videos off the USB drive I backed them up to instead of the Btrfs JBOD pool I want to set up, because my MB doesn't have quite enough SATA ports for all my drives and I managed to break my PCIE SATA card by trying to run a cable that was about an inch too short. At least I didn't break anything expensive.

Fedora's installer is fine if you stick with the defaults but surprisingly limited for even simple partitioning if you don't; I wound up partitioning my drives in command-line parted and then just using the graphical installer to format and assign mount points.

My suspicions that GNOME 3 would be better for an HTPC than a desktop have proven largely accurate. It's still got some annoying peculiarities (programs that are available to install from dnf but don't appear in GNOME Software and then don't create launchers when you install them, inconsistent behavior in scaling settings so that the only options seem to be "tiny fonts and icons", "legible fonts with tiny icons", "reasonably-sized icons with tiny text", and "reasonably sized icons with some tiny text and some fucking gigantic text") but it's usable. The default themes still do that stupid shit where the title bars of unfocused windows are the same color as the title bar of the focused window, and fucking seriously, how did that ever become a thing? So I'm looking for other themes.

Wayland is mostly fine but I can't control my desktop remotely, which is irritating. I knew it couldn't do traditional desktop sharing or ssh tunneling, but I'd heard it supported RDP; apparently it's actually more like "should support RDP at some point in the future"; vino-server crashes at launch (and the option to enable it seems to have disappeared from Settings after a system update), and xrdp, as the name implies, only supports X.

Netflix is apparently doing some stupid shit where it blocks browsers with unrecognized UA strings, which includes the Fedora version of Firefox, so I had to set up UA spoofing to get it to work. Which is terrible, but at least it works now.

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Re: Computerus

Postby Thad » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:20 am

Got some games set up. Almost entirely Linux-native at this point (the one Windows game I've set up so far is Trails in the Sky, which I know from previously testing runs flawlessly under WINE). Played some Freedom Planet. Onboard graphics are plenty for that one, though it wouldn't recognize the D-pad on my PS4 controller and I had to use the stick. (Which actually worked fine; it's not really a precision platformer. And oh hey, Bluetooth's working.) I think Steam's got a built-in PS controller compatibility layer now (it does on Windows, at least) so maybe I'll try and see if I can get that set up; I got FP from GOG so it's not in my Steam library, but AFAIK I should be able to make it launch from Steam.

Since GOG doesn't have cloud saves (yet; the feature is supposed to be coming to GOG Galaxy, which would help for WINE games but not Linux-native ones since Galaxy still isn't available natively on Linux) there's the minor hassle of having to set them up manually using ownCloud, which becomes a slightly greater hassle when games don't put their saves in a sane and obvious spot. Freedom Planet sticks its saves in the same directory as its binaries -- I guess it's a '90s retro game in more ways than one.

Haven't fired up any other games yet. Stardew should work fine, though. And XCOM, if I wanted to play it on a TV for some reason. Meantime, I've still got Persona 4 Golden to work through on the PSTV.

Oh, and just to bury the lede...apparently there's a PS3 emulator that'll play Persona 5 and should have automatic Linux builds soon. ...think I'll probably need a dedicated graphics card for that.

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