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I successfully installed Ubuntu 8.04 on an old Compaq Deskpro I had sitting around and from the get-go the system worked flawlessly. Since I had such good luck installing 8.04, I decided to upgrade to version 8.10 when it came out but found out after the upgrade that I had lost all audio functionality on the machine. Even the volume control was disabled. Since this was just a machine I was experimenting with I simply reinstalled 8.04 from CD and everything is working flawlessly again. So.... Given the fact that I have had 2 successful installs of 8.04 from CD what is the probable cause for my loss of audio during the upgrade? Is there any way to prevent it from happening again? If it would happen again, is there a way to quickly fix it? I'm new to Linux and this experience isn't doing much for my confidence but I've got an open mind and want to learn how to avoid problem from happening in the future. Hopefully I won't be stuck at 8.04 or forced to reinstall everything over from scratch each time there is an upgrade. Any help and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the reply. I entered the command lspci-vv in my terminal session and it says no such command is found. I found some reference to the fact that it was in a package called PCIUTILS which I reinstalled but it says it is still not found when I enter the SUDO command in terminal.
I looked at the preferences under volume control an it says ESS 1869. It also says ESS AudioDrive ES1869 (ALSA Mixer) under Default Mixer Tracks under Sound preferences. Lastly, I went out to Compaq's web site and it shows that the ES1869 driver was valid for a Deskpro EN550.
No. Nothing was turned off. This PC was leased PC and had Windows NT 4.0 installed on it and then it was purchased by an employee of the company who installed Windows 98 on it. It sat for 2 years not being used and then I got my hands on it. Could it be that the audio is built directly on the MOBO and would not show up on the output. Obviously, since the linux driver that was installed was an ESS 1869 and this was a ligit driver that was installed on a Compaq EN 550 SOMETHING was detected during the 8.04 install.
Based on the messages I was getting I was under the impression that some or all portions of a package may not have been installed and I tried reinstalling the package and installed the extra components but that didn't work and I just decided to put the system back to 8.04. Part of this has to do with the fact that I'm a real Newbie to the Linux world and the other part was whether something else I had done the same day I performed the upgrade to 8.10 might have cause of the loss of audio and the only way to confirm that was to reinstall 8.04.
So.....I assume that alsaconf is some sort of ALSA configuraton tool of some kind, correct?
OK. Newbie question....I read the command reference and was attempting to probe the card but when I tried executing the command in terminal it said that alsaconf was not found. Should this command be there in Ubuntu 8.04 by default or is this something I would need to install? I did find another reference on another forum regarding a similar 8.10 no audio problem and there is some reference to a utility called ALSAMIXER which I ran and it says the card is ESS AudioDrive ES1869 and the chip is the same.