I know that there are older posts probably very much like this one, but I have read enough to know that Linux distributions change over time, so I feel this is valid to ask.
I’m using a 2nd gen Ryzen platform (X470, 2700X), with an AMD RX580. The MB in particular is an Asrock Taichi. From time to time I do minor work with video files, mostly remuxing, but mostly using this machine for browsing the internet and playing media of all types, codecs…
I’m new to Linux and don’t know enough about graphic control of hardware within Linux (using the GUI with some dialog box for the hardware), or if there’s much variation between distros. I know a little about the command line, as I worked with UNIX almost 30 years ago.
I installed Mint, the latest version (downloaded and installed Oct 1) and had problems finding graphical hardware control for almost anything other than settings for the monitor, and within the volume control a way to select between either the audio built into the GPU for HDMI out, or the onboard audio for the MB. I think I saw something else for the mouse, but that’s a minor point for my concerns. Considering audio can be in multiple formats, and the outputs can be speakers plugged into the back of the MB, jacks on the front of the PC case, or the HDMI out for speakers in the monitor, and can be stereo or a myriad of channel configs, is there any software drivers that let you see the details of what’s happening with sound?
On the same line, if there are Linux drivers for the MB on the site for the MB, would those be the same drivers that are added into the distros, since Ubuntu and Mint have the AMD drivers added in with the install? Or do any of the hardware vendors have drivers that add more functionality into graphical controls?
I have the same line of questions for the GPU, and in this case the RX580, for which I did see that there are Linux drivers for Ubuntu on AMD’s site.
If there are good links for reading details about controlling audio and video hardware in Linux, they would be greatly appreciated.
The last line of questions is about distributions and the connection between them. For instance I read that Ubuntu is based on Debian, and Mint is based on Ubuntu. So, if I see drivers for Deb or Ubuntu, would those also be compatible with Mint, or is this something that’s hit and miss?
So here was my first experience, with Mint as my first Distro. The install went great. Very easy to figure out. I tested video, and with the media player that I assumed is a typical player that comes with the distro, the video started, but errored out within about 5 seconds. I didn’t install any extra codecs, but would the player even have started showing anything if it didn’t have proper codecs? I then played it with VLC, and I got sound to the front jack, but I don’t know how to ensure that all the sound from what was a 5.1 audio track was indeed being muxed into the 2 channels for the headphones, I think it was.
I also had tearing which irritates me like CRAZY considering the hardware is plenty powerful to play 1080p video with DTS audio. I looked on-line and saw info about creating a control file, and adding text to it, which I haven’t tested yet, but considering I have the other questions about graphic control of hardware, I was hoping to get that info first and to see if there is a best main version of Linux, so I guess one that’s more at the root of that line, or a derivative that’s is directly off of that main line, and not a derivative of a derivative of a derivative, that gives the most hardware control.
If there isn’t much in the way of graphical control of hardware, is there many setting that can be made in text control files, and is there a good place to read about this?
I also need to be able to mount mechanical NTFS drives since these need to go back and forth between Windows and Linux. This means I need to be able to mount and unmount on the fly. I’m assuming there isn’t much difference between the distros for this.
Thanks for any help, and if you can answer any part of this, feel free to. I know there are a few questions here. Or, if you can write an essay on the topic, feel free to do that too. I have the patience to read long answers, just as I do for typing out questions