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Old 01-10-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
Tarrasque
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Mandrake (or Fedora Core 3) on HP Pavilion dv1000


Hello everybody.

I just bought a HP Pavilion dv1030 laptop.

I soon repartitioned and tried to install a MDK 10.1 official, but after ainstallation it fails to boot everytime, even in failsafe mode, when it goes to "entering non interactive startup" phase.

It doesn't seem to lock, but just doesn't do anything. I can switch to another terminal but it doesn't prompt me for login.

So I tried a FC 3. It installs and starts up, but seems to fail on detecting the soundcard (Windows says it's a Conexant AC-Link audio, Fedora a "intel 8-something") and I can't hear any audio.

Since one of the uses I really need it's setting up a small audio and video editing box, I really need to have a working soundcard.

Can anyone help me solving this problem? Anyone succeeded on installing a MDK 10.1 or FC 3 on this laptop?

I'm not bound to one distribution or the other, I just need to have a working laptop with JACK audio and Rosegarden/Ardour/Kino/Avidemux.

Since I'm not a great expert in installing Linux I'd like to stay on "easy" distros like MDK and Fedora, but I'd try Gentoo if someone can assure and maybe give me some indications about audio working with those distros.

Thank you very much.

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Old 01-10-2005, 11:39 AM   #2
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Mixer settings?

There is a couple of things I'd say on the subject:

Fedora Core is a great distro to start with, but FC3 is slow compared to FC1 in my experience. It seems the quality of the distro has degraded since FC1. That's understandable however as FC3 is a testbed for commercial Red Hat Enterprise releases.

Back to your issue however...

I hope your problem is as simple as mine was. I spent too long looking for the solution when it was as simple as opening up the mixer and raising the volume. For some strange reason it's off by default. This made me think that my old SB16 card wasn't supported by the 2.6 kernel when I first installed the system.

After doing a dmesg | grep "SB" I found it, and began to look elsewhere.

After opening Kmix and adjusting the sound levels, voila: sound!

Hopefully your problem is just that.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 05:50 AM   #3
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Thank you for answering.

I know FC3 tends to be heavy, but I chose that or MDK 10 because of the easily available and always up to date multimedia packages for those distro. Compiling and installing JACK, MPlayer, Rosegarden and all that stuf is a real pain for a newbie like me.

Anyway, I checked with the mixer in FC3, and no channel is muted.

I gave also a look to the output of "dmesg" and to be honest I can't find a line referring to sound or audio.

So I suppose the kernel module could non be loaded, even if the hardware detection seems to pick the correct one.

such module should be "snd-intel8x0".

I tried a modprobe snd-intel8x0, I got no error messages, but nothing changed, and my little skills with cgi linux end here.

Should I put a line in one of the configure files in order to make modprobe work? I remember something called "modules.conf" or something like that.

Thx
 
Old 01-11-2005, 07:21 AM   #4
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Kudzu?

Have you ran Kudzu yet? From my experience it is normally enabled by default on first boot so it's probably ran already. If you want to give it another try, su and run kudzu. It's also possible that kernel support isn't enabled for your sound card (highly unlikely as RH seems to load all support for installation kernels).

I would suggest running kudzu first, then post back with results.

I did a web search for Conexant AC-Link audio Linux support and got back a lot of hits. Good luck.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 09:58 PM   #5
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I have a same problem... I tryed Ubuntu 5.10 "The Breezy Badger" and sound,usb,eth, wl, works ok, but cardreader not...

i prefer suse 10.... but....

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