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Old 03-22-2004, 10:57 PM   #1
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Exclamation Madrake Linux, Multiple Errors

My Problems:
1. I cant play music i recieve the folowing error "This is an audio-only file, and there is no audio output available"
-- I dont really have a SoundCard, but my output device is attached to my motherboard, and i wire it though my stereo

2. My Actiontec V.92 PCI Pro WinModem v. 6.3 will not work, after nummerous attempts using infromation from this fourm
-- Ran Great on XP Pro, but after reading posts on here, I have ret to be able to run it

3. My CD-RW i resently put back in my pc after installing Mandrake 10 Community, will freeze up my system when ever i try to run a disc.
-- Ran on other Window OS's, till I put it on Linux

CPU: PII 356Mhz
RAM: 128 MB/s
CD-RW: Samsung Internal 8x8x32 (Not sure of other specs)

Recently formatted to install Mandrake 10 Community (I couldnt use my cd-rw becuz it isnt bootable, so i used my bottable compaq 72x cd-rom)

Umm well thats the most i can provide, please ask me for addtional info, and ill provide, as long as I can have this figured out in a couple days
Old 03-22-2004, 11:34 PM   #2
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If you recently put the CD-RW in again, you should check to make sure the jumper settings are correct.

As for the audio, you might have to set up ALSA on your own. Can you tell me what type of soundcard it is?

I'm not too keen on getting modems to work, because I've never used dial up with Linux. So you'll have to wait for someone else to reply to get tips on that.

Also, perhaps you should just install Gentoo on it as well.
Old 03-23-2004, 05:04 AM   #3
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1. If you don't know what kind of onboard soundcard you have, type 'lspci' at a console and post whatever lines mention audio, or the whole thing. Couldn't hurt.

2. The whole point of 'WinModems' is that they're software modems, meaning that you almost always need software from the manufacturer to use them. Most manufacturers don't bother porting their software to Linux, so if you're trying to get a WinModem to work with Linux, you can hope for success, but expect to fail. External modems and 'hardware' modems work without problems, and are probably your best bet.

3. To get my CD-RW working, I had to enable scsi emulation for it; iirc this shouldn't be necessary for 2.6 kernels, but you might try it anyway. To give it a shot, add 'hdc=ide-scsi' to the 'append=' line for your default booting kernel in the file /etc/lilo.conf, run 'lilo' as root from a console, then reboot. (NOTE: for your cd drive, hda is ide primary master, hdb is primary slave, hdc is secondary master, etc. If in doubt, check the information for the drive in harddrake.)


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