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xx Re: Raspbian Stretch released
« Reply #30 on: Sep 7th, 2017, 07:48am »

on Sep 6th, 2017, 10:06pm, hitsware wrote:
For now perhaps you should reccomend Jessie to BBCSDL users ?

Why would I want to do that? In Stretch, with the VC4 GL driver enabled, BBC BASIC works perfectly, as far as I have been able to ascertain: it is fast, there are no problems with the sound and it uses an up-to-date version of SDL (2.0.5). However in Jessie (again with that driver enabled) sound from some BBC BASIC programs (notably Dropperz) doesn't work at all, sound from other programs is highly distorted when played through the HDMI output, and the version of SDL is out-of-date (2.0.2).

So by my assessment it is far better for a BBC BASIC user to use Stretch rather than Jessie, so long as they can enable the GL Driver. If for some reason they cannot enable that driver then the situation is different, but hopefully that will be rare.

When you thought that enabling the GL Driver broke the MIDI output it turned out to be your own mistake. Are you certain that the sound problems you think you've seen in Stretch aren't from a similar cause?

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xx Re: Raspbian Stretch released
« Reply #31 on: Sep 7th, 2017, 3:17pm »

> Are you certain that the sound problems
> you think you've seen in Stretch aren't
> from a similar cause?

Not being as 100% cock sure of myself as yourself,
I cannot be sure, but probably.
1) The ' midi ' function added (with Stretch) does
not connect to Timidity. I was sure it would by
default. (as would the Microsoft synth in the
Windows version) But no. In fact Dr. Aaron
(developer) wasn't even aware of Timidity.
2) If I install FluidSynth (an alternative midisynth)
the Sonic Pi screen swells vertically to the point
of quasi-unusable.
Fun, fun ,fun, till my Daddy takes the keyboard away smiley

In a sense it is a similar cause. When I run into a certain
degree of complicaction, I drop it. Otherwise (cyber-
challenged as I am) I would spend forever trying to
fix my computer and have no time left for music.

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