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I've just downloaded the ISO image of Mandriva 2007.0 (4 CDs), burned it, and tried it on my old Toshiba Tecra 8000. It runs smoothly, with some exceptions:
SOUND: With alsaconf I was able to get the sound to work, and setting up the alsamixer is very easy. However, everytime I restart the machine, the sound never comes out automatically. I have to run alsamixer and turn on the PCM everytime I start the machine. Even the command 'alsactl restore' didn't really work; not perfectly. After setting the alsamixer as super user I run 'alsactl store', with expectation that the next time I start my machine the latest setting of alsa will be stored. It ddoesn't; not really. I have to run 'alsactl restore' as super user to get the sound work after starting the machine.
MODEM: the hardrake couldn't find my internal modem. I tried to do it manually, but couldn't find my modem in the list.
SAMBA: As I have a Windows XP partition (yeah-yeah, I'm still a new convert in Linux religion. What can I say? Even with Wine I still cannot install Emperor in Linux), naturally I want to be able to access it from my Linux partition. Samba helps me doing it, but it seems like the setting I made (I set to be able to have browse & write access to my windows partition from Linux) doesn't really work. I can browse and open, but cannot write. Maybe I can do it as root, but I'm reluctant to do it that way.
Any idea how to solve those problems? Any step-by-step clue?
Run alsamixer as normal user, and alsactl store as super user.
Run lspci as root and find your modem, maybe you dont have the drivers for it loaded, don't know about doing this on Mandrake.
Do not write to a windows partition from a dual boot machine, unless you want windows to freak out every time you log out of mandriva and into your xp partition. Reading is not an issue, but writing is.
These are just my thoughts, I hope I have not misled you and I hope that helps some.
OK, I ran alsamixer as normal user, then I ran alsactl store as root, and it works! Now I don't have to run alsactl restore as root everytime I start my machine. Thanks for the good advice!
The modem is still not recognized. I guess you're right, the driver is not loaded. I heard that modem driver is still an issue with many Linux distros. By the way, I once heard about linmodem. Anybody knows how to use it to make my modem work?
I guess you're also right about this writing issue. I used to be able to do it when I was still using mandriva 2006, and now my WinXP runs slower than before. Well, maybe it's just one of Windows' nature, but I'll be more careful from now on. Actually I wouldn't bother keeping my WinXP partition if I could get my modem to work in Mandriva.