Suse 9

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2004-07-28 Print this article Print

.1"> We also fired up Suse 9.1 on an Intel-based system with a GeForce FX 5700 Ultra 3D card. It also had a Sound Blaster Live, so between that and the Nvidia-based 3D card and Intel chipset, its about as Linux-friendly as a platform can get. But even so, Loyd went 0-for-4 in his gaming exploits. Heres what he tried and what happened:
Game Results
Joint Operations Demo
(Not officially supported)
Install aborted, with "file not found" error about 60% of the way through. Tried a different CD, still the same.
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna
(Not officially supported)
Installed but would not run.
Rise of Nations
(Not officially supported)
Would not install; would hang on installer launch
Battlefield Vietnam
(Not officially supported, though Battlefield 1942 is)
Installed; would hang at splash screen.
Both online and built-in help were pretty much useless for troubleshooting. Online forums mostly consisted of "Would like this game to run" or "Gee, this runs great!" --without any detailed explanations on how to actually install/configure the games. It always seemed like it was on the verge of working, but never actually did.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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