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Old 10-08-2004, 09:40 AM   #1
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Problems with hardware and SuSE 9.1


Hi,

I am trying to get SuSE 9.1 up and running on my Sony VAIO laptop (PCG-FX301, AMD 800MHZ, 256Mb) - I have a fair bit of experience using linux as i've been using it for the last 3 years at uni but until now i have managed to get by with just having windows at home.

The installation seemed to go fine, it manged to detect and sort out most of my hardware without too much problems (including a firewire hard disk and CDRW). However, there are a couple of niggly things which i really could do with getting up and running:

1. I have a Soundblaster MP3+ USB sound card. This has been detected and works though the volume is VERY quiet and the mixer in KDE doesnt seems to be able to adjust the volume at all. Any ideas here?

and 2. I access the internet through a wired home network (via a broadband router). When my laptop is running through windows it loads pages up lovely and fast, however, SuSE takes an absolute age to load any internet page - I'm presuming there is a setting somewhere that i need to find but after a fair amount of digging i'm still at a loss.

I hope these should be relatively simply solved but if they can't be are there any other distributions of linux that I would be better looking at?

If anyone can help me out i would be extremely greatfull.

Shaun
 
Old 10-08-2004, 12:51 PM   #2
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Hi shew, welcome to lq.

1. Have you tried any other mixers? There are a ton of them, some do a better job than others.

2. You could try adding the isp's dns servers to your /etc/resolv.conf.

good luck.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 01:34 PM   #3
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thanks for the quick response!

i tried the few mixers programs that came with the disto. They either gave me no option to change the volume level or made no difference at all to the volume of the output (using xmms to throw some music at the box of tricks).

I'll give the DNS details a try...
 
Old 10-11-2004, 11:12 AM   #4
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I opened up resolv.conf to find my dns server information already there... so its presumably something else lurking sneakily

As for the sound... still no luck - tried every mixer app that came installed with the system now, tried getting xmms to output using all of the output plugins (except the ones that write files) so i'm guessing it'll be find another distribution time... can fedora2 handle firewire cd burners and hard disks?
 
Old 10-11-2004, 11:52 AM   #5
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Quote:
I opened up resolv.conf to find my dns server information already there... so its presumably something else lurking sneakily
What ip was there, your isp's dns or your router?

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As for the sound... still no luck - tried every mixer app that came installed with the system now, tried getting xmms to output using all of the output plugins (except the ones that write files) so i'm guessing it'll be find another distribution time... can fedora2 handle firewire cd burners and hard disks?
Did you try alsamixer from a terminal?
good luck.
 
Old 10-11-2004, 01:02 PM   #6
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my router's ip was there (which is what gets used fine by windows)

I didn't know alsamixer had a command line program... i shall have to investigate....
 
Old 10-11-2004, 03:27 PM   #7
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my router's ip was there (which is what gets used fine by windows)
Try adding the dns of the isp to the file, just to see if it makes a difference.
good luck.
 
Old 10-11-2004, 03:47 PM   #8
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peacedog - your a legend! putting isp's dns addresses as opposed to my routers ones solved the net problem AND (whether it was fluke or not) the command-line alsamixer managed to give me some volume!

THANK YOU!
 
Old 10-11-2004, 05:15 PM   #9
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I'm far from a legend, just a user trying to help other users and learn. Thank you all the same. Your welcome I'm glad you got it sorted.
good luck.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 04:39 AM   #10
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How wood I find my ISP's DNS address?
How should I enter it in resolv.conf ?
Mine has one line:
nameserver ....
 
Old 10-12-2004, 07:34 AM   #11
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Originally posted by wearetheborg
How wood I find my ISP's DNS address?
How should I enter it in resolv.conf ?
Mine has one line:
nameserver ....
Have a look at this.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ticle&artid=26

good luck.
 
  


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