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Old 05-08-2006, 01:03 PM   #1
saitoshi
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A sound card problem that had me baffled.


I recently installed Kubuntu (and so far am enjoying it.). When I first installed it, my sound card did not work, and it did not work multiple times when I re-started. I was not particularly worried about it, I really didn't care if it had sound or not and figured I could just find the drivers later, and I had no network connection set up at the time anyway. So I went to bed, and when I woke up and turned it on, the sound was working!

Again, I did multiple restarts / shut down's beforehand and nothing changed, and there was no internet connection.

My big question is, why did this happen? Does linux have some sort of advanced capabilities that would allow this to happen? If so, what could it be?

This has been bugging me for the past couple days and I can't seem to find an answer elsewhere.

Thanks for any insight you can provide!
-Saitoshi
 
Old 05-08-2006, 01:07 PM   #2
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Yeah it's probably that little penguin with some nice superpowers, who comes and tweaks up your pc while you're sleeping..or perhaps not

But hey, if you'll find that out, you might be able to answer the Most Profound Question: why does Windows tend to crash without a proper reason all the time?
 
Old 05-08-2006, 01:14 PM   #3
saitoshi
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Originally Posted by b0uncer
Yeah it's probably that little penguin with some nice superpowers, who comes and tweaks up your pc while you're sleeping..or perhaps not

But hey, if you'll find that out, you might be able to answer the Most Profound Question: why does Windows tend to crash without a proper reason all the time?
Well, thank you mighty super-penguin!

But seriously, this is really confusing me. A serious answer would be nice.

(Oh, and about the windows thingy, I thought that was related to it's severe succeptability to spyware, viruses, memory leeks, and bad programmers. Or maybe the evil super-powered windows logo, I dunno...)
 
Old 05-08-2006, 02:14 PM   #4
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A sound card problem that had me baffled. Reply to Thread

First, check your settings in bios something like assigning resources/IRQ = auto etc. Play with these stuffs.

Second, try run alsamixer and check last item called external, turn it on(press > key, you must have 00 displayed, also you can try run alsaconf - is your card detected?

Third, send some output from dmesg regarding sound card, modules, or some error messages.
 
Old 05-08-2006, 02:25 PM   #5
saitoshi
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First, check your settings in bios something like assigning resources/IRQ = auto etc. Play with these stuffs.

Second, try run alsamixer and check last item called external, turn it on(press > key, you must have 00 displayed, also you can try run alsaconf - is your card detected?

Third, send some output from dmesg regarding sound card, modules, or some error messages.
I appologize if I was not clear enough my friend. My sound card was eventua|lly deteced but only after multiple re-starts from a non-network configured machine with no physical access to a network. ie, no lan cable, no phone line connection, and no wireless connection. It just started working on it's own after an (estimated) 6 or 7 shutdown / power ups. A few of the times I even removed the AC connection and battery (it's a laptop, btw).

The BIOS of this particular laptop (NEC LaVie LL800R/7 Japanese model) is surprisingly simple and has no control over the built-in sound card, but yes, the IRQ settings are set to auto.

My question is: Why did the sound card settings automatically configure themselves on the 7th (or so, I forget exactly) restart when they seemingly could have been automatically set up on the first run?

Is this not confusing to anyone?
 
  


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