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Old 06-12-2006, 07:54 PM   #1
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sound blaster 24-bit live not working


when i run sound detection it said detected nothing. When i run sound configuration utility it say it was found but is not supported. when i try messing with the volume control it asks me if i have sound support or if i have permissions to access /dev/mixer. Any help is welcomed and appreciated. this is the specs for my machine:

[root@localhost root]# dmesg
ky.devel.redhat.com) (gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #1 SMP Thu Mar 13 17:45:54 EST 2003
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000e8000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 00000000bffb0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 00000000bffb0000 - 00000000bffc0000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 00000000bffc0000 - 00000000bfff0000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 00000000bfff0000 - 00000000c0000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ffb80000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
2175MB HIGHMEM available.
896MB LOWMEM available.
found SMP MP-table at 000ff780
hm, page 000ff000 reserved twice.
hm, page 00100000 reserved twice.
hm, page 000e0000 reserved twice.
On node 0 totalpages: 786352
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 225280 pages.
zone(2): 556976 pages.
ACPI: Searched entire block, no RSDP was found.
ACPI: RSDP located at physical address c00fad80
RSD PTR v0 [ACPIAM]
__va_range(0xbffb0000, 0x68): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
ACPI table found: RSDT v1 [A M I OEMRSDT 1024.1318]
__va_range(0xbffb0200, 0x24): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
__va_range(0xbffb0200, 0x81): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
ACPI table found: FACP v2 [A M I OEMFACP 1024.1318]
__va_range(0xbffb0390, 0x24): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
__va_range(0xbffb0390, 0x5c): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
ACPI table found: APIC v1 [A M I OEMAPIC 1024.1318]
__va_range(0xbffb0390, 0x5c): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
LAPIC (acpi_id[0x0001] id[0x0] enabled[1])
CPU 0 (0x0000) enabledProcessor #0 Unknown CPU [15:3] APIC version 16

LAPIC (acpi_id[0x0002] id[0x1] enabled[1])
CPU 1 (0x0100) enabledProcessor #1 Unknown CPU [15:3] APIC version 16
IOAPIC (id[0x2] address[0xfec00000] global_irq_base[0x0])
INT_SRC_OVR (bus[0] irq[0x0] global_irq[0x2] polarity[0x0] trigger[0x0])
INT_SRC_OVR (bus[0] irq[0x9] global_irq[0x9] polarity[0x1] trigger[0x3])
2 CPUs total
Local APIC address fee00000
__va_range(0xbffc0040, 0x24): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
__va_range(0xbffc0040, 0x3f): idx=10 mapped at ffff5000
ACPI table found: OEMB v1 [A M I OEMBIOS 1024.1318]
Enabling the CPU's according to the ACPI table
Intel MultiProcessor Specification v1.4
Virtual Wire compatibility mode.
OEM ID: ASUSTeK Product ID: APIC at: 0xFEE00000
I/O APIC #2 Version 32 at 0xFEC00000.
Enabling APIC mode: Flat. Using 1 I/O APICs
Processors: 2
Kernel command line: ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
ide_setup: hdd=ide-scsi
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 3360.110 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 6710.88 BogoMIPS
Memory: 3093812k/3145408k available (1480k kernel code, 46984k reserved, 1094k d
ata, 156k init, 2227904k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 262144 (order: 9, 2097152 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 262144 (order: 9, 2097152 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 262144 (order: 8, 1048576 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 524288 (order: 9, 2097152 bytes)
CPU: Trace cache: 12K uops<6>CPU: L2 cache: 1024K
CPU: Physical Processor ID: 0
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU: After generic, caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (rgooch@atnf.csiro.au)
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
CPU: Trace cache: 12K uops<6>CPU: L2 cache: 1024K
CPU: Physical Processor ID: 0
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU: After generic, caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz stepping 04
per-CPU timeslice cutoff: 2925.49 usecs.
task migration cache decay timeout: 10 msecs.
enabled ExtINT on CPU#0
ESR value before enabling vector: 00000000
ESR value after enabling vector: 00000000
Booting processor 1/1 eip 2000
Initializing CPU#1
masked ExtINT on CPU#1
ESR value before enabling vector: 00000000
ESR value after enabling vector: 00000000
Calibrating delay loop... 6710.88 BogoMIPS
CPU: Trace cache: 12K uops<6>CPU: L2 cache: 1024K
CPU: Physical Processor ID: 0
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#1.
CPU: After generic, caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU1: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz stepping 04
Total of 2 processors activated (13421.77 BogoMIPS).
cpu_sibling_map[0] = 1
cpu_sibling_map[1] = 0
ENABLING IO-APIC IRQs
Setting 2 in the phys_id_present_map
...changing IO-APIC physical APIC ID to 2 ... ok.
init IO_APIC IRQs
IO-APIC (apicid-pin) 2-0, 2-5, 2-10, 2-11 not connected.
..TIMER: vector=0x31 pin1=2 pin2=0
number of MP IRQ sources: 25.
number of IO-APIC #2 registers: 24.
testing the IO APIC.......................

IO APIC #2......
.... register #00: 02000000
....... : physical APIC id: 02
.... register #01: 00178020
....... : max redirection entries: 0017
....... : PRQ implemented: 1
....... : IO APIC version: 0020
.... register #02: 00178020
....... : arbitration: 00
An unexpected IO-APIC was found. If this kernel release is less than
three months old please report this to linux-smp@vger.kernel.org
.... IRQ redirection table:
NR Log Phy Mask Trig IRR Pol Stat Dest Deli Vect:
00 000 00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00
01 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 39
02 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 31
03 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 41
04 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 49
05 000 00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00
06 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 51
07 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 59
08 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 61
09 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 69
0a 000 00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00
0b 000 00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00
0c 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 71
0d 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 79
0e 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 81
0f 0FF 0F 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 89
10 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 91
11 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 99
12 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 A1
13 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 A9
14 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 B1
15 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 B9
16 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 C1
17 0FF 0F 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 C9
IRQ to pin mappings:
IRQ0 -> 0:2
IRQ1 -> 0:1
IRQ3 -> 0:3
IRQ4 -> 0:4
IRQ6 -> 0:6
IRQ7 -> 0:7
IRQ8 -> 0:8
IRQ9 -> 0:9
IRQ12 -> 0:12
IRQ13 -> 0:13
IRQ14 -> 0:14
IRQ15 -> 0:15
IRQ16 -> 0:16
IRQ17 -> 0:17
IRQ18 -> 0:18
IRQ19 -> 0:19
IRQ20 -> 0:20
IRQ21 -> 0:21
IRQ22 -> 0:22
IRQ23 -> 0:23
.................................... done.
Using local APIC timer interrupts.
calibrating APIC timer ...
..... CPU clock speed is 3359.9870 MHz.
..... host bus clock speed is 209.9990 MHz.
cpu: 0, clocks: 2099990, slice: 699996
CPU0<T0:2099984,T1:1399968,D:20,S:699996,C:2099990>
cpu: 1, clocks: 2099990, slice: 699996
CPU1<T0:2099984,T1:699984,D:8,S:699996,C:2099990>
checking TSC synchronization across CPUs: passed.
Starting migration thread for cpu 0
smp_num_cpus: 2.
Starting migration thread for cpu 1
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xf0031, last bus=2
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Ignoring BAR0-3 of IDE controller 00:1f.1
Transparent bridge - Intel Corp. 82801BA/CA/DB PCI Bridge
PCI: Using IRQ router default [8086/24d0] at 00:1f.0
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B0,I29,P0) -> 16
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B0,I29,P1) -> 19
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B0,I29,P2) -> 18
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B0,I29,P0) -> 16
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B0,I29,P3) -> 23
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B0,I31,P0) -> 18
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B0,I31,P1) -> 17
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B1,I0,P0) -> 16
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B2,I3,P0) -> 20
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B2,I4,P0) -> 23
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B2,I5,P0) -> 22
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B2,I10,P0) -> 22
PCI->APIC IRQ transform: (B2,I13,P0) -> 21
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.16)
apm: disabled - APM is not SMP safe.
Starting kswapd
allocated 32 pages and 32 bhs reserved for the highmem bounces
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
pty: 2048 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI ISAPNP enabled
ttyS0 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS1 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10e
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
NET4: Frame Diverter 0.46
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size 1024 blocksize
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
ICH5: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:1f.1
PCI: Enabling device 00:1f.1 (0005 -> 0007)
ICH5: chipset revision 2
ICH5: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xfc00-0xfc07, BIOS settings: hdaMA, hdbMA
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xfc08-0xfc0f, BIOS settings: hdcMA, hddMA
hda: ST3120025A, ATA DISK drive
hdb: QUANTUM BIGFOOT TS12.7A, ATA DISK drive
blk: queue c0453420, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
blk: queue c0453574, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hdc: ATAPI CDROM 48X, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
hdd: Hewlett-Packard DVD Writer 300, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 234441648 sectors (120034 MB) w/1024KiB Cache, CHS=14593/255/63, UDMA(100)hdb: task_no_data_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hdb: task_no_data_intr: error=0x04 { DriveStatusError }
hdb: 25075008 sectors (12838 MB) w/418KiB Cache, CHS=1560/255/63, UDMA(33)
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Partition check:
hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
hdb:
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 32768 buckets, 256Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 262144 bind 65536)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 147k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
EXT3-fs: INFO: recovery required on readonly filesystem.
EXT3-fs: write access will be enabled during recovery.
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: ide0(3,3): orphan cleanup on readonly fs
ext3_orphan_cleanup: deleting unreferenced inode 215145
ext3_orphan_cleanup: deleting unreferenced inode 215144
ext3_orphan_cleanup: deleting unreferenced inode 215143
EXT3-fs: ide0(3,3): 3 orphan inodes deleted
EXT3-fs: recovery complete.
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 156k freed
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.7 to 64
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: PCI device 8086:24dd (Intel Corp.)
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: irq 23, pci mem f884bc00
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: enabled 64bit PCI DMA
PCI: 00:1d.7 PCI cache line size set incorrectly (0 bytes) by BIOS/FW.
PCI: 00:1d.7 PCI cache line size corrected to 128.
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: USB 2.0 enabled, EHCI 1.00, driver 2003-Jan-22
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 8 ports detected
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 17:50:55 Mar 13 2003
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.0 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xef00, IRQ 16
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.1 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xef20, IRQ 19
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 3
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.2 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xef40, IRQ 18
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 4
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.3 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xef80, IRQ 16
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 5
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
usb.c: registered new driver hid
hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik <vojtech@suse.cz>
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
hub.c: new USB device 00:1d.0-2, assigned address 2
usb-uhci.c: interrupt, status 3, frame# 1647
input0: USB HID v1.00 Mouse [Microsoft Microsoft Trackball Explorer?] on usb2:2.0
hub.c: new USB device 00:1d.3-1, assigned address 2
usb.c: USB device 2 (vend/prod 0x3f0/0x2d11) is not claimed by any active driver.
usb.c: registered new driver usblp
printer.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 2 if 1 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x03F0 pid 0x2D11
printer.c: v0.11: USB Printer Device Class driver
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,3), internal journal
Adding Swap: 2040244k swap-space (priority -1)
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,1), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
ohci1394: $Rev: 693 $ Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org>
ohci1394_0: OHCI-1394 1.0 (PCI): IRQ=[20] MMIO=[feaff800-feafffff] Max Packet=[2048]
ieee1394: SelfID completion called outside of bus reset!
ieee1394: Host added: Node[00:1023] GUID[0011d800005bc826] [Linux OHCI-1394]
hdc: ATAPI 48X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, UDMA(33)
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
Vendor: HP Model: DVD Writer 300n Rev: 1.25
Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
IA-32 Microcode Update Driver: v1.11 <tigran@veritas.com>
microcode: CPU1 no microcode found! (sig=f34, pflags=4)
microcode: CPU0 no microcode found! (sig=f34, pflags=4)
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP]
parport0: irq 7 detected
Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 32x/32x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
Linux Tulip driver version 0.9.15-pre12 (Aug 9, 2002)
divert: allocating divert_blk for eth0
eth0: ADMtek Comet rev 17 at 0xf89ca400, 00:12:17:57:F1:5B, IRQ 21.
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP]
parport0: irq 7 detected
lp0: using parport0 (polling).
lp0: console ready
[root@localhost root]#
 
Old 06-13-2006, 05:36 AM   #2
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Hmm, a few questions:

* Do you have the ALSA-drivers and utilities installed? If you do have it - AND if it's an old version
(1.0.8 or older) you must upgrade it!
* What kernel version do you have? (You might need a rather new 2.6.x-kernel)

* If the above questions is in order - did you get to run "alsaconf" (usually it's /sbin/alsaconf - but that may be different in your distro.)
 
Old 06-13-2006, 10:47 AM   #3
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i have the drivers but i dont know how to install them. my kernel version is 2.4.20.8. that was distributed with the linux bible in 2003.
 
Old 06-13-2006, 02:47 PM   #4
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What Red Hat version do you have - is it Red Hat 8 or 9?

As I see it, you have these options (choose one):

a) Since Red Hat 8 and 9 is rather "outdated" - it might be better to get hold of a more
up-to-date linux distro (by downloading some CD-iso images and burning the setup CD's
yourself). You have several linux-distro options - for instance:
- Mandriva 2006
- Fedora Core 5 (Fedora is sort of a "continuation" of Red Hat 9. This version was
released this year)
- Ubuntu
- Open Suse 10.1

b) Try getting hold of a 2.6.x.x kernel (the 2.4-kernels are "outdated").
If you have the software package manager "apt-get" installed, you should use that to get hold
of a kernel. If you don't have it, you might try downloading one of these:
Red Hat 9:
ftp://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/dag/redh...h9.rf.i386.rpm
Red Hat 8:
ftp://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/dag/pack...8.dag.i386.rpm
Then, install it by opening a console window. Change to "root" by typing the command "su" - and
then the password. Now, go to the directory where you downloaded the .rpm file.
Type " rpm -Uvh ./apt*.rpm ". Hopefully, it will install fine.
Try updating your system with these 2 commands:
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

This is what I recommend you to start with....
 
Old 06-13-2006, 04:14 PM   #5
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thanks i will give it a try. think im going with the gentoo iso downloads. what do u think is the best distrobution?
 
Old 06-14-2006, 10:06 AM   #6
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There's really no absolute answer to what's the best distro. The question is more appliable when you consider how powerful your PC is, what your needs are - what do you want to do in your linux distro, is it important for you that the installation/setup is rather easy, do you want the system to handle software-installation by easy-to-use GUI package-managers, etc..

I don't really know Gentoo well - but as I've understood it, it's certainly not the easiest distro to install and setup. It has improved with the latest released version, but still...?

Other than Gentoo, you might consider these (and I saw your computer is certainly powerful enough for even the "heaviest" distro around):

* Mandriva 2006 :
Quite stable, easy installation, good hardware support, good GUI utilities
inside to manage various setups of hardware, software and environment. The free version consist of 3 CD iso's. Different commercial versions is available.
* Ubuntu
Easy installation. Consists of 1 CD-iso. Rather stable, fairly good hardware support. Good software management. A popular linux distro.
* Open Suse 10.1
Easy installation. Rather "heavy" distro - comes with 5 CD iso's! Very good hardware support, stable, very nice desktop interface (their own KDE-theme), very good utilities for setup, tuning of system, sofware management/installation. Needs a rather modern/powerful computer.
* Fedora Core 5
Very easy installation. Rather "heavy" distro - comes with 5 CD iso's! Good hardware support, not so powerful utilities for setup/tuning of your system (a shame), easy sofware management/installation. Needs a fairly modern/powerful computer.
* Mepis
Comes originally as a live CD-version, but with option to install it to your harddisk (when you have booted up with the live CD. Good utilities for setup/tuning of your system and software installation/management. Very good hardware support (so I've heard). Comes with several pre-installed plugins/software that most other distro's don't dare implement on their installation CD's. For instance Flash player, Acrobat Reader, RealPlayer 10, MP3-support. Is becoming more and more popular.
Well, these are just a few of what's available. You could check out this site, for more info about what's available today: http://distrowatch.com

My advice is: Choose a distro that suits your needs best (with a distro-version that is released this year). Don't just use what you have available right now - if it doesen't fit your needs well enough. It will only cause you grieve and frustration - that's at least my personal experience . A new distro should most certainly be able to set up your soundcard properly!!


Good luck!
 
  


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