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Old 10-02-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
jazzben
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Live help anywhere?


Hi,
I'm back for round 2, and still determined to not install windows on that machine.
I need someone I can talk to in real time, to go through some problems I'm having with pci.
1. Soundblaster - recognised but doesn't seem to be working
2. Wireless DLink GWL-510 - I need to find/alter a driver to make it work. I know there isn't an official one but I also know it has been done.

Anyone know where I can find some online chat to help with it?
Am using a different computer for internet access at the moment, and am an msn messenger user.


Cheers
 
Old 10-02-2004, 12:45 PM   #2
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What distro are you using?
Do you have alsa installed?
What kind of soundblaster do you have?
Are the appropriate modules loading ok? i.e. i use alsa for my sbvibra16c and have to do modprobe snd-sb to get sound working. Try to find out which module is needed and load it, or have it added for loading at startup.

p.s. i think there are two modules for sb cards, newer ones use emu10k or something, mine uses sb, or sb16, i forget. anyway good luck

Last edited by {O_o}; 10-02-2004 at 12:47 PM.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 01:04 PM   #3
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This is where I say I can't remember what alsa is but i think so, and u say i should have read a book, and i just want to turn it on and use it, and everyone agrees i should give up and go back to cretinous windows, and the corporate giants win again.

Creative ES1373 is the only info on the sound card. Also have whatever is on board on a Compaq Deskpro

how do i check modules are loading ok?

Distro is Mandrake 9.2
 
Old 10-02-2004, 05:28 PM   #4
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if you type "modprobe -l" it will list all the modules it finds, look for one that matches the name of your card.

there is a howto here http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Alsa-sound-5.html#ss5.2
i would try the modue for the es1371, but i accept no liability for any damage caused
"modprobe snd-card-audiopci"
of course thats assuming you have alsa installed, i never used mandrake so....



and oh yeah RTFM!!!

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Old 10-02-2004, 05:36 PM   #5
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First disable your onboard sound in bios,then post lspci and lsmod and make sure the sound is not muted,check with a mixer,For the wireless I would get one of these card,this is from the head wireless guy at hp; LQ) Followup to that, from the man that maintains the list: Your top 3 best wireless chipset manufacturers? and your top 3 biggest offenders?

JT) For research purpose, one of my favorite is the Cisco Aironet 350. You can tweak all possible parameters, and it's really stable, but it's expensive. The Intersil PrismII has incredible drivers (linux-wlan-ng, HostAP), can be made as an AP, unfortunately the firmware quality is not what it should be (even though it has improved dramatically). You can still find those card for cheap if you look carefully. I also have a sweet spot for the Orinoco, which is a good card with a good driver, but nothing spectacular, and now difficult tofind.
The last card I bought is an Intersil Prism54, which has a driver team very active, but so-so firmware. I've pushed that driver in the kernel, and therefore will show up in most distro, so it's a safe choice if you are addicted to higher speeds. I think that Atheros is a very good choice, but unfortunately it won't be part of the standard kernel. Intel seems to be on the way to become a safe choice, but only time will tell.
The main offenders are TI and Broadcom, which have Linux drivers internally, list Linux support on their web site, but are not releasing those drivers and are not helping the community. Some of those TI engineers even sent me e-mails criticising some features of the Wireless Extensions. It's a shame because both hardware seems to be quite nice. On the other extreme, you have some chipset vendors cutting costs a bit too much on their hardware development and testing, so their products don't work reliably.
 
Old 10-07-2004, 03:21 PM   #6
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can't i run both soundcards at once? i might want to use the machine for djing at somepoint, which will need both running simultaneously.
i really can't afford to spend any more money on the machine,if i can't make the components in it work, i will sell it on and use internet cafes when i need to
 
Old 10-07-2004, 04:42 PM   #7
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have tried disabling the onboard sound but still no joy.
i do get random hissing when i plug in though, so it may be something to do with totem crashing every time i run stuff on it....ack the error message isn't coming up now so i can't tell u what it is. I think it was a segmentation error or something?
 
Old 10-07-2004, 08:35 PM   #8
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If you want live help, ask the Mandrake experts.
I think (but not sure), it'll cost you monies.

http://www.mandrakeexpert.com/index1.php

For ALSA, you can also try getting help by joining the
ALSA mailing group (although you're getting help here).

http://www.alsa-project.org/

Sheng-Chieh
 
  


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