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Old 08-01-2016, 02:53 AM   #21
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Thanks for the compliment. I suggest though that almost all the cleverness involved (exclusive of all the cleverness in Marine Aquarium itself) should be attributed to the persons who spent a good part of their lives developing Linux, Ubuntu, Mint, Wine, and CrossOver to their present maturities, along with those who developed the many software products to use with them.

Lest this exercise be deemed confirmation of jleslie's view of Linux' unsuitability for general use presented earlier in this topic, my effort was to make a software program do something it wasn't intended to do. For most common personal computer tasks, Ubuntu and Mint are perfectly suitable operating systems, and require less installation time, less daily "maintenance" time, and particularly less malware countermeasure time than I had to expend when I used Windows.

But enough OS religious rant and back to the result. Once I obtained the new keycode, I turned on more fishes and showed my wife what the product looked like. She was amazed and became an instant fan in spite of hating computers.

Now to wait for an affordable 1000-gal tank proportioned high-resolution OLED monitor to allow a light weight, no spill, no work marine aquarium.

Thank you Jim for this magnificent art.

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Old 05-11-2017, 04:11 PM   #22
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Update 2

Having obtained for spousal entertainment a 55-inch LG OLED TV, I had to build a home theater personal computer (HTPC) to source Marine Aquarium video. TV selection, part selection, part availability, and assembly has taken a lot of time since my last input here, but the result (still in stress testing and without any overclocking) is operating and demonstrating Marine Aquarium as I write this on a nearby PC. Fish count is maximum, frame rate is 60 Hz, IPS Monitor resolution is 1920 x 1200. Video card is only slightly warm.

Salient particulars are:
Linux Mint 18.1 64-bit MATE
Kernel 4.10.0-20
nVidia driver 381.09

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Asus Crosshair VI Hero motherboard
Asus ROG Strix OC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
(for more detail, see my build on www.overclock.net forums)

Additional time will pass before this build is considered ready to drive the TV, but results so far are promising.
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:28 PM   #23
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Update

With HTPC connected to the 4k TV and some experimentation to get the TV into functioning PC mode, I observed that the result of running MA was a black screen. Today I got around to reinstalling MA, this time without enabling screensaver mode.* The menu appeared, no fish. I forgot about the process, described at Codeweavers Crossover forum, and I think above, of adding the /s to the launcher command.

With that fixed, windowed and full screen fishies are abundantly doing their thing. Overkill (for running MA) GPU isn't even running its fans. 30 fishes are in use, along with bubbles, panning, etc.

Again, thank you Jim for this safely dry but otherwise exquisite display.

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* With the 2k monitor I used when building the HTPC, the screensaver box was checked during installation. This had two effects. In windowed mode, the window couldn't be moved. In full screen mode, MA seemed to hold off the actual Mint screen saver, though without providing any of the login capability. It also after a few hours killed the upper and lower trays (perhaps in concert with the Mint screensaver trying to run), so more sophisticated means of restarting were sometimes required.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:18 PM   #24
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Glad to hear you got it working.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:09 PM   #25
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I guess it is worth noting that close up at 4K resolution, one can see some pixelation in certain elements of the scene. (We may have discussed this in some other thread.) The elkhorn coral is one example. Certain fishes seem to be more finely rendered than the coral. The scorpion fish needs some teeth when it opens its rather cavernous mouth facing the viewer (or do they gum their prey?).

The difference in size between a fish near the front glass and the same fish behind the plane of the coral is appropriate for a close observer with a smaller monitor (aquarium). When the screen diagonal is 55 inches and is observed from 8 feet away, the perspective is like viewing a portrait taken with a wide angle lens from up close.

Page 11 of your Readme.txt alludes to an an eyepoint that has a default value, but no method of changing it is obvious. Is it in some .ini file or registry entry that I can find in my pseudo C drive? I'm guessing that if the -20 were changed to a larger negative number, the difference in front-to-back fish scaling (unavoidable pun, sorry) would be reduced.

If this parameter is accessible, perhaps it would help if you clarified the inherent coordinate frame.

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Old 09-20-2017, 09:46 PM   #26
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The eye point cannot be changed, because it would make visible a lot of behind-the-scenes ugliness in the background. The 3D objects are just 'Hollywood sets' which only look realistic from a very limited angle.

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Old 09-21-2017, 03:52 PM   #27
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Thanks for the clarification. I guess I can live with the perspective.
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