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I've been trying to get sound to work with my Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 Rev. 2 (with an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ cpu) motherboard running suse 9.1. Onboard Realtek AC97 6 channel audio. No luck so far. I decide to start over again, so I go to check motherboard compatibilty with Suse. Something I admit I should have done first. But I bought the board to run XP. According to suse hardware database, the Gigabyte GA-7N400 (not the Pro2) board only enjoys what suse calls 'partial support'.
So my question is this: Am I trying in vain to make something work that is not supported by Suse? Gigabyte tech support was SO clueless about linux or unix. I have found a realtek linux driver on the realtek site. Should I attempt to install it? Suse says they are releasing the next version in October. Should I give up until the next release? How can I determine if Suse has even found and configured the Realtek chip?
I will admit that I was taken in by the sales pitch on the Suse site about ease of use. It should be prefaced by a warning: 'Go and take a community college course in Unix or Linux before buying this product'. Suse customer service says they are working on more application and hardware support.