Ubuntu Studio 17.04 on Toshiba Satellite A505-6960, problems with sound over HDMI, touchpad, and volume control GUI.
First and foremost, I'm not married to this distro and have no data to save - if a different distro (or older version of the same) works better on my hardware, I have no qualms about reinstalling the OS from scratch. I'll even follow instructions for partitioning manually if needed. Toshiba Satellite A505-6960 Specs
TL;DR: Intel Centrino Core2 Duo T6500, 4GB RAM, built-in Harmon-Kardon speakers, 1366x768 native resolution, Intel 4500MHD graphics with 128-1759MB shared.
Background / usage: This is my "dick around with stuff" laptop. I chose Ubuntu Studio because I play guitar, listen to music, and stream / download / torrent / transcode / burn video files.
QUERIES / PROBLEMS:
- The OS, Audacity, and ConvertXtoDVD on my "main" laptop (VPCF126FM) are probably "less-than-legit", but I think I can accomplish the same goals legally via Linux, and Ubuntu Studio has all I'd need, most of what I want, and quite a few "meh, maybe later" built-in apps.
- When I adjust the volume via mouse, via the top-right, a "ghost" of the volume bar GUI remains on screen until clicked.
- When I plug in HDMI -> TV, the sound is only on laptop (Win10 was auto, so I've never messed with settings on either OS)
- The touchpad does not work whatsover. The button to turn it on does not even light up the tiny strip below the spacebar (which used to tell me whether it was on / off).
- I recently changed the keyboard. Had missing / non-responsive keys, now it doesn't.
- I probably removed the optical drive. Used it for "main" laptop's burning obligations. If one is needed for hardware-seeking-drivers, I can place a dying ODD in the slot (or buy a new one, if needed)
- I have absolutely no clue which distros work best with which hardware. I installed 17.04 just because it's newish and has (I think) 2 years support. For all I know, it's newness is great for new hardware but incompatible with old.
- No sensitive information is ever stored upon this machine - if an older or less stable OS would work better, I'm cool with adjusting my habits.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I'll likely have follow-up questions about "why does this app take longer to transcode than the one I used on Windows"
Really, I just want to be free of Windows.
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Help Producing a slideshow onto a DVD
I am by no means a tech novice; however I cannot figure this videography stuff out. A friend of mine teaches preschool and at graduation they do a slideshow of the kids and put it on dvd. I'm the tech guru everybody turns to and I can usually produce it and burn it.
This year I'm disappointed with the results (albeit its been the best year so far). I used Windows Photos to make the slide show, exported as mp4, put that into Vegas Pro 14 and added music and some other stuff, exported into Vegas Pro. Quality here is still great. Now I take that and used ConvertXtoDVD and the encode on that just butchers the quality.
What am I doing wrong? I looked into using Vegas DVDA, downloaded it, threw the MP4 in there and "Made DVD" and garbage quality. Can anybody tell me what I need to be doing, or what settings/program I need to keep that solid quality? The source mp4 is not large at all, I don't need any file compression just need to retain quality. It must be playable on all DVD players though, so I can't just burn the Mp4 file to the disk it must be NTSC.
submitted by NotBillNyeScienceGuy