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Old 07-23-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
louierev07
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Question about installing audio drivers, automounting ext4 partition, and general linux skills.


So I have two specific questions, but I think my final question will address both and will help me in the future.

Question 1:
From troubleshooting and searching around as to why my computer has no sound (running linux mint 18 x64), Ive discovered that my motherboard (GA-Z77X-UD5H) requires realtek drivers to be downloaded and installed.

From this comment: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...45/comments/30
This thread: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...er/+bug/996245
Here is the driver: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/...&GetDown=false

After downloading, it pretty much requires you to know how to use the terminal to install the drivers, which I suck at. I can install thhings through the software center, synaptic pacage manager, when shit pretty much automates (like chrome downloaded from the web), and also by copy and pasting from what people write online (unsafe I know).

I need some help as to how to install this to get my sound up and running.
These are the instructions that comes with the driver:
http://i.imgur.com/iJgDdGz.png

I cant get it working, tried watching a few videos and reading up, but having a lot of trouble.

Question 2:
I have another hard drive in my computer that I formatted as ext4 and use for media storage, and also as a steam game folder. The problem is it doesnt mount automatically. How do I get this to just be mounted when I boot up linux?

Question 3:
Where can I learn how to use the terminal and linux more effectively? I have made the commitment to switch over full time and only use windows when im forced to (work and specific games). If I was better I wouldnt be here asking these questions, and will be able to figure this out on my own in the future.

Thanks in advance for any help!
 
Old 07-24-2016, 12:40 PM   #2
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1. The actual alsa version (1.0.25) supports the Audio Chip.
2. You must add this partition to /etc/fstab.
3. Buy a Ubuntu handbook: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and a Bash handbook: https://www.google.de/search?q=Bash+...L8apsgHN2br4Cw

Last edited by Keruskerfuerst; 07-24-2016 at 12:44 PM.
 
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:57 PM   #3
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Having a drive mounted on boot is explained at the Ubuntu site below which also has several sample entries.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fstab

You can download a Mint User Guide from the link below.

https://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
 
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:22 AM   #4
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I would not touch the Realtek Linux driver. It usually causes more issues than it solves (read the rest of the comments in the Launchpad bug you linked to). Plus, the last time it was updated was over two years ago, so it probably won't build with really recent kernels.

In this bug report, someone suggests plugging the speakers into the grey jack:
https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=100831
 
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:01 PM   #5
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open a terminal, type alsamixer, hit Enter. Like this:

Code:
yourusername@yourcomputer:~$ alsamixer
A screen like below will come up. Hit F5 on your keyboard, and make sure all the sound settings are up. Use the up/down arrow keys on your keyboard to make adjustments. When you're done, hit the Esc key.

Code:
Card: PulseAudio                                                             F1:  Help               │
│ Chip: PulseAudio                                                             F2:  System information │
│ View: F3:[Playback] F4: Capture  F5: All                                     F6:  Select sound card  │
│ Item: Master                                                                 Esc: Exit               │
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Hope this helps.
 
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Old 07-25-2016, 06:46 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by seasons View Post
I would not touch the Realtek Linux driver. It usually causes more issues than it solves (read the rest of the comments in the Launchpad bug you linked to). Plus, the last time it was updated was over two years ago, so it probably won't build with really recent kernels.

In this bug report, someone suggests plugging the speakers into the grey jack:
https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=100831
Grey Jack worked! Thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Keruskerfuerst View Post
1. The actual alsa version (1.0.25) supports the Audio Chip.
2. You must add this partition to /etc/fstab.
3. Buy a Ubuntu handbook: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and a Bash handbook: https://www.google.de/search?q=Bash+...L8apsgHN2br4Cw
How do i check to see my alsa version? I think im on 1.1.0, but am i checking the wrong thing? Like I said on Mint 18 - everything up to date. Will this let me use the green jack? Not a huge deal if I cant.

Will edit fstab tonight when I have some time to mess with my stuff. I remember a long time ago I used to keep a shortcut on my desktop that would open file explorer (not sure if thats the name) with root, so I would just keep that around for when I needed to edit certain files. I think my confusion is getting to that specific file in terminal. Also theres no gedit in linux mint 18 - so that could be a problem when opening too.

Thanks again!
 
Old 07-27-2016, 04:17 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by louierev07 View Post
How do i check to see my alsa version? I think im on 1.1.0, but am i checking the wrong thing?
Yes, you're looking at the wrong thing in regards to your issue, which is a driver issue. When you're looking at the driver portion of ALSA, it is built into the kernel and corresponds to whatever kernel version you're running.
1.0.25, 1.1.0, etc. refers to the version of the userspace portion of ALSA (the libraries and mixer utilities and such). In Mint 18, that is indeed 1.1.0.

Quote:
Will this let me use the green jack? Not a huge deal if I cant.
The issue is unlikely to be resolved until this bug is: https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=100831
It's not going to be resolved until:
1. An ALSA dev gets access to the hardware
2. A user with the hardware provides the info requested
3. Realtek updates their reference driver with the info and the devs import it into the kernel module
 
  


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