Hi. Moderator here.
Corenominal started this thread so that we forum members could make suggestions for Janice. The discussion here has been drifting considerably of late, and unlike other threads, the moderators can't simply split off a sidebar here into a new thread (only corenominal and bobobex have that ability with this thread). Could we please try to bring our focus back to "Ideas for Janice" and limit the natter here? I have nothing against natter, but it's making this thread rather unwieldy.
@Grapes: ^ Well there you have it! The rest of us can only speculate based on performance of different Radeon cards, but as the recursive tautology trope goes, "Different card is different."
Basically, so long as your GPU isn't running so hot that it enters thermal shutdown within a couple hours of use, it's better to stick with the open source drivers.
GRUB also looks better/cleaner for the most part with open source drivers, and the virtual consoles look pretty. With the proprietary drivers, you're typically limited to the old 80-coluumn standard in the virtual terminals.
Depending on your hardware, the open-source drivers may provide smoother performance during video playback, most notably during slow pans. Your hardware is far more recent than mine though, so you might notice an improvement with the proprietary drivers.
One of the biggest differences is the proprietary drivers can significantly reduce CPU loading...again, depending on your GPU.
As a moderator, I've been trying to stay out of this discussion.
*Moderator removes cadre hat*
My main problem with capitalism is that wealth has become the primary reinforcement for any behavior - not survival, not reproduction, not self-fulfillment, but wealth itself. In a world where personal worth is literally measured by someone's economic value, what is the worth of literature, art, or music created for its own sake? Rebecca Black's infamous song is almost universally despised, but that doesn't matter because every non-adblocked view of it on Youtube still generates advertising revenue, so from a capitalist perspective she's a success.
EDIT: That's pretty much all I want to say on this matter, so I'll get off the soapbox and let the rest of you have some fun here, as long as you're respectful of each others' dignity.
Blanket statements are always wrong and always unhelpful, including this blanket statement about blanket statements.
This recursive tautology will now attempt to divide by zer-
That said, I agree with snowpine, mpreachy, and ew. They may not be singing exactly the same tune, but together they make for beautiful counterpoint.
Wow, that was quite a batch tonight. I suppose that, until tighter security protocols are implemented - and yes, El Jefe is the only one who has the rights to make such changes - we can expect to see more of the same, now that we're apparently a desirable target. "Welcome to the bigs!"
The "halos" are probably a physical/mechanical hardware issue that you will not be able to solve without dismantling the monitor, most likely related to the backlight.
It is VGA and by now you can already guess what the problem was. I had no idea there were HDMI monitors out there, or you mean rather TVs that double as monitors?
I thought I was the last PC user on the planet to get a HDMI monitor! Yes, most monitors have HDMI inputs these days. Oddly enough, my TV, which occasionally doubles as a second monitor, only has the VGA input...and its native resolution is actually 1360x768!
VGA or HDMI connection? If VGA, chillicampari is probably on the right track. In Nitrogen, select transparent-i.e-solid-colour.png for your wallpaper, change the background color to a bright shade of white (#FFFFFF), hide all windows (Super-D), then run your monitor's auto-alignment with your output signal set to the monitor's native resolution. The bright background is necessary to prevent boundary overshoot; once it's set you should be able to go back to a more sane background.
Meanwhile, it looks like bobobex and I got in a fight earlier this morning over deleting posts from and responding to a report of a spammer; I'm guessing she'd just woke up, while I was just going to bed. (I usually sleep in two shifts. ) She got the first few posts and the report, I got the last few posts. Apparently El Jefe took care of the ones reported while I was asleep. ¡Muchos gracias, Jefe!
DamnVid is not available in Debian, therefore it is not available in Crunchbang. Your best bet would be to build from source or find an alternative video downloader. There are several such plugins available for Iceweasel/Firefox, including Video Downloadhellper.
(As a moderator, I must point out that although there are legitimate uses for such software, it does violate Youtube TOS in that it circumvents the Youtube API.)