BUGS Christmas Gathering 2009

I hope all of us are feeling the Christmas spirit and don’t forget out first ever BUGS Christmas Gathering!!

Daniel Yam is sponsoring the location and drinks!  Ching Ling will be back from SIGGRAPH ASIA and will be sharing with us about her experience there.  Once again we will do it potluck style so bring snacks/food to share and the host will supply the drinks!

Its a good time for a year-end review and to look forward for our road to a great 2010!!
BUGS Christmas Gathering

Date:  26th December 2009
Time:  10:00hr (aka. 10AM)
Venue: The Creative Room
       447A Macpherson Road S(368157)

447A Macpherson is the first bus stop after Hotel Windsor. It’s a row of old shophouses in front of the bus stop.  They are on the second floor.

http://www.streetdirectory.com/asia_travel/travel/travel_id_1/travel_site_46840/

I look forward to seeing all of you there!!

Fedora 11/12 – Nvidia – Maya 7/2009

Recent updates of Fedora 11 and 12 seems to make Nvidia driver not usable in Maya 7 and 2009 in two of our test machine at my client.  I usually use the driver provided by RPM Fusion but this time round, Maya kept reporting Signal 11 error just as it was about to finish starting up.  Using Maya’s Crash Reporting environment variable which kept pointing to libc and TWindow, I thought at first it could be a glibc incompatibility issue.  However rolling back glibc does not seem to solve the problem.  Finally, just out of gut feeling, I removed kmod-nvidia and install the driver (190.53) provided by Nvidia and voila!! Problem solve.

On a different machine, we have i7core with 6GiB of RAM and an NVidia GTX275 with 896MiB of Video RAM. An error along the line of “/dev/nvidia0 input/output error” kept preventing the machine from starting up X window.  After searching on Google for two weeks, a not so obvious answer emerges. I don’t understand the solution but it has something to do with the kernel allocating virtual memory.  The default is 128MiB and for reasons unknown to me, its not enough to get GTX275 started even though it was not a problem previously on Fedora 10.  The solution is to increase the “vmalloc” for the kernel via keying in the value in the kernel parameters in grub.conf.  After I added “vmalloc=256M”, X-Window started up in its full glory!!

BUGS News — 2009 DEC 07

We had a great workshop last month on the 21st of November . Sim shared with us a simplified workflow of how he uses Blender in Industrial design and went through some tricks he uses to give his render a professional look. Compositing is a big part of it and I
certainly learned a lot from him.  One key features he mention is Blender has four mode of compositing – render, texture, procedural texture, material. So anyone up to share with us a full compositing workshop?

For more serious fun in December, we will not just have a meeting but a Christmas gathering!  It’s been decided by a few of the BUGS to hold in on the 26th of December 10am with the venue sponsored by Daniel Yam.  Ching Ling will be back from SIGGRAPH ASIA and will be sharing with us about her experience there.  Once again we will do it potluck style so bring snacks/food to share and the host will supply the drinks!