The Null Device

Yesterday I finally upgraded my aging Linux machine, with some parts bought from the swap meet. It's a lot faster, though the sound card I bought (a $19 commodity card) doesn't work with Linux, annoyingly enough. (I had to retire my old Gravis UltraSound as the new board lacks ISA slots; also retired is a Roland MPU-401 MIDI interface (ISA). If you want either of those, make me an offer.)

Also, for some reason I have not been able to install Windows 98 over VMWare just yet. (That was one of the reasons for getting a faster machine; being able to run a proper web browser without doing so on my Mac (and possibly destabilising Cubase) or losing Linux.)

Why, you may ask, did I get a cheap sound card, and not something ultra-doovy? Well, I don't intend to use the Linux machine for recording or anysuch, and a cheap card is sufficient for browsing the web and listening to MP3s. Besides, if the cheap-sound-card-grunge effect ever becomes fashionable (as the crackling-vinyl and telephone effects have been), I won't have to spend several hundred on the boutique VST plug-ins that do it.

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