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I just installed SuSE 9...very nice. I was excited to hear about ALSA being compiled right into the kernel as my card (82801 BA/BAM ac'97 Audio) was previously unsupported by RedHat. There is one major problem though. I can hear sound,however any type of sound file i try to play sounds like a CD skipping. Even the KDE startup sound is fragmented. Also when my system tries to play sound it makes my machine almost unusable. The mouse is jumpy and non-responsive and i can't seem to figure out how to fix it. If anyone knows how to fix this or has a similar problem i would appreciate hearing about it.
I'm having exactly the same problem with the 82801 CA/CAM AC'97 Audio. As soon as the driver is activated in Suse 9.0 the system is real slow. If the sound is deactivated the system is running fine. I asked SuSe if anything is known along this line, but I got sent into the woods. I've got a Toshiba 5200 laptop, but this problem probably concerns lots of laptops...
glad to know that i'm not the only one. as of now i simply uninstalled my sound card to prevent further issues. i also have a toshiba 5005 Satellite laptop (PIII 1GHz) and am frustrated by all the problems it has caused me. with xp (which i despised anyway but it had sound) they keyboard would skip every 12 or 13th key i typed (when you type over 100wpm that is alot) so i finally got pissed and completely nixed xp and loaded suse 9.0. works great, keyboard actually works...which is always a nice feature on a computer...but now i'm having the sound problem. frustrating when you have over 4gb of MP3's.
Good luck, let me know if you hear anything please.
I got frustrated about my sound not working and looked in the internet to find data about it, and it seems to be some trouble with the kernel version of Suse 9.0, but I don't know the details.
So I took Suse 8.2 out of the cupboard and installed it. If you have the luck to have some version around (as far as I know there is no copyright on it, so borrowing from a friend is no legal issue) I can tell you how to get it working, even with the sound:
Suse 8.2 installation starts from the DVD or CD (if you go into windows and somewhere in the Toshiba tools) change the boot-sequence to some "CD-Rom before HDD" option. The Automatic installation of Suse 8.2 was not working on my laptop, it hangs at the installation of PCMCIA each time. So choose manual installation out of this menu of about 7 items. Don't load any modules in the textmode-menu; just start the installation. The keyboard selection in the textmode menu only has a small selection of keyboards (the swiss-german one isn't there), but don't worry, just a few screens later most keyboards can be selected. Suse detects usb and stuff like that, select <yes> each time it found something. Somewhere along the procedure, my mouse hung up and I thought my system hung as usual, but the keyboard was still working. Just continue with the keyboard and the tab-buttons, because just on the next screen, the mouse can be installed correctly. The mouse on the laptop is compatible with the Intelli/wheel mouse (USB). Just activate that and it's working again. The first time the computer boots, the sound is there and working. The sound-driver is exactly the same as in Suse 9.0, but there is no system-slowdown, and no sound playing about six times at once.
As soon as Suse has fixed the problem, I will change to 9.0 again.
I hope this can help you to get a working system too.
Well, I'm a total SuSE noob, and haven't had linux on my machine in almost 2 years. I used to run mandrade 7.1 on an old IBM, after much hairpulling over non-standard hardware, finally got it working. Got a new PC after the CPU fried and haven't had linux on it, until now, as now the kids are loading windows crapware all the time.
I have a compaq 5430us, 1.8ghz P4, 512ddr ram, geforce 2mx, USB keyboard, PS2 mouse, and this same sound chip. I thought I'd give linux a try again.
Anyway, I downloaded the live eval disc, everything worked great, networking - zipped right out over my router no problem. Graphics, running non-3d accelerated, that's OK for now, sound - the eval version worked like a charm.
Decided to do a FTP install, finally found a site that had the packages, and it downloaded without a hitch. But I ran into a couple or problem. On reboot and asking for a PW for root, no keyboard input! booted without putting one in, and when it started up, the keyboard was working, but at first some keys were mixed up, that went away for some reason and then I reset the PW and set up 2 other users. However, on restarts sometimes it happens again, a reboot and the keyboard is back. Also the mouse, SuSE 9.0 wants to assign my mouse as USB, I have to reset it, PS2 setting works then freezes, I set it to Aux input and it seems to be fine.
Now the sound, YaST shows it as working, but its not. I, as unknowing, installed all the updates available as soon as I got the mouse and keyboard working, but the sound was not working even on the first install, so maybe since I installed from a /current directory I've got the latest kernel.
All I want is a decent machine to surf, e-mail, play music, do simple documents and spreadsheets. I'm really a novice at this stuff, I seem to have forgotten all the slightly advanced stuff I had done under mandrake (like getting that old vortex sound card working), I don't want to roll back the kernel.
Bah, my install was all screwed up, mouse never seemed to work very long, couldn't shut down, no sound, and my the YaST installer was majorly screwed up, it would lock up and I couldn't close it at all.. I tried the SuSE repair stuff, it tried to fix some things, but it still didn't work right. I just gave up, I plugged in an old PS/2 style keyboard and reinstalled over FTP.
Saw a number of screens that I didn't on my first attempt, and now the sound is working fine. 3D with the Nvidia driver is fine, I also got a new cheap MS optical mouse that works great so far, and my sound worked from the first boot from the new install through all the YaST updates I've done. Something was bad with that first install, I probably could have fixed it if I knew more about Linux, but that is what these forums are for I guess.