Ubuntu. Amarok. Rio Karma, but you can't get them any longer as a general rule. Current selection of DAPs rather sucks; check to see what iRiver options are out there and Rockbox it. Mod the PCI bracket. That's a good soundcard; it would be a shame to have to replace it.
So, well, I had a question with Linux before I actually installed it. When I built my computer, I installed XP on my SATA drive, and then on my IDE drive, well, when I booted from my SATA drive, because the drivers are like they are, the computer recognized the IDE drive as the C: and the SATA as the F:, although I booted off of the SATA, so then I had to reinstall XP on the SATA cause I would get the damn error: Win32 had to shutdown, blah, blah, etc. So, If I install Linux on another IDE, will it still interfere with the SATA if I boot off of it, cause I can't risk needing to reinstall on the SATA.
Rio Karma, but you can't get them any longer as a general rule.
ebay! The problem there is that they are all older units and probably need to have new batteries put in them.
As far as an MP3 player, iPods are probably the easyist to use, but they don't support FLAC (there lossless audio codec is 'Apple Lossless).
I did find a 3rd party firmware package(it was rockbox) that allows the ipod to play FLAC. I was looking an 80gb one, but I have one question about the batteries. I remember reading a few years back that the batteries went bad after 3 years, and they are not easy to replace. I like the ipod for the 80gb capacity which few other companies offer.
Mod the PCI bracket.
Looks like it is time for some duct tape. I just need to keep it from wiggling.
Now I have to ask about the power supply. I have a rosewill 430watt unit. According to the manual for the motherboard, it meets the requirements of 300watts. I installed the power supply and connected all the correct cables. I connected the cables from the power switch to the appropriate connectors on the motherboard. I plug the supply in, turn it on, and get nothing. At first I though I got a DOA unit, and I sent it back. I got a new one from newegg. This one is giving me the same trouble. I doubt this one is DOA. I did swap out a PSU in a computer with no clue as to whether I was doing it right or not, and it worked. What could be the problem?
Pethegreat;3873139I did find a 3rd party firmware package(it was rockbox) that allows the ipod to play FLAC. I was looking an 80gb one, but I have one question about the batteries. I remember reading a few years back that the batteries went bad after 3 years, and they are not easy to replace. I like the ipod for the 80gb capacity which few other companies offer.
Rockbox is cool. You will have to play around with it to get it to work the way you want.
As for the battery- Early iPods (1st and 2nd generation) suffered from a crappy battery. The current ones will last you about two years or so. But that's true for all MP3 players.
Here's a tip- Buy a refurbished iPod from Apple's website. They come with the same one year waranty that a brand new iPod comes with, but you'll save a fair amount of money.
I remember back a few years that a few people were impressed with creative's players as ipod substitutes. I did find an upgraded Zen with 120gb of storage space. Now rockbox does not have creative's players on the the list of devices, so FLAC would be out of the question. With 120gb of space I won't have a problem putting files on as WAV.
I am impressed by FLAC. I got a 650mb CD down to 250mb(Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn) Other stuff such as Dream Theater's Systematic Chaos only get compressed by about 100mb.