Recently, I picked up a Dell XPS 13 9300 – while a few years old, I picked it up for quite a bit market value ($500 CAD – when equivalent-ish models range from $600 to $900 on the used market). While I don’t plan to use it as my daily driver, I did have a need for a newer Intel machine – I didn’t have anything after Haswell; just my Ryzen desktop and M1 MacBook Air. However, I decided to give a shot, and overall was pleased by what I saw, albeit with some caveats. Here’s what I think…Continue reading
After upgrading my system to Fedora 33, I realized voice chat in Overwatch didn’t work. The symptoms included:
- The microphone worked in other applications, and there was no permissions issues involved
- When joining a voice chat (like a group), the message saying that you’re in a voice chat would never appear, and you would never hear anyone else
- The microphone icon in the game was forced to mute
Switching the WINE audio system from Pulse to ALSA didn’t work. What did work was changing the system cryptography policies:
$ sudo update-crypto-policies --set LEGACY
No reboot is required. This is an awfully big hammer though – I’d like to know what exact ciphers or protocols that Overwatch needs that are disabled in the stock crypto policies.
After I upgraded to Fedora 33, VMware stopped working:
$ vmware /usr/bin/vmware: line 105: 90845 Segmentation fault (core dumped) "$BINDIR"/vmware-modconfig --appname="VMware Workstation" --icon="vmware-workstation"
This is due to two changes in kernel 5.8…Continue reading