Racer audio problem under Ubuntu 10.10 (maverick) resolved

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Since Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) removed OSS, “Racer”, in its default configuration has since become rather broken; when you fire Racer up, you’ll get the following error:

Audio: setting speakermode to -1081005172 (<unknown_speakermode>, system default is <unknown_speakermode>)
FMOD: audio hardware acceleration is OFF. This is really bad for latency; adjusting audio buffers.
Can't init FMOD (audio system)

The solution? Simply replace the old libfmodex.so with the latest one!

# Download and extract the latest version of fmod
wget http://www.fmod.org/index.php/release/version/fmodapi43208linux.tar.gz
tar -zxf fmodapi43208linux.tar.gz
# Replace the existing libfmodex.so with the latest version
mv fmodapi43208linux/api/lib/libfmodex-4.32.08.so /usr/lib/libfmodex.so
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GT5 videos!

Holy crap!  Just check out the 2 new videos for GT5:
If you haven’t got a PS3 already I’m sure you’ll drool all over you keyboard watching those 2 videos – like I did  .
I’m so getting a PS3 and a 1080p display when that game comes out!

Gran Turismo HD video

Gran Turismo HD logo - click to view / download trailer
Wow – check this trailer for the demo of Gran Turismo HD out!
I knew the PS3 graphics is good, but I just didn’t know it’s that good!
(And for those of you lucky enough to have a HD display and a PS3 – you should be able to download the demo for free off the PS3 network (whatever that’s called…) – and you are more than welcome to invite me over to play it  ! )