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Old 09-10-2006, 03:15 PM   #1
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Windows Media Center question

I am having a problem running Live CD's on my HP Windows Media Center PC. Mainly just the sound doesn't work on any Live CD's. I have burned 10+ iso's. Anyway, I can't get the sound to work on my Intel P4; 1 GB memory, 200 GB HD. I know there aren't any problems w/the Live CD's cause I use another computer w/PCLinuxOS installed (I switch kvm manually when I use). And all Live CD's work w/sound on them. That computer is an HP 2.53 GHz P4; 512 MB memory; 80 GB hd. Sound card is Realtek Location 65535 (Internal High Definition Audio. I am not a hacker so I hope I have given enough info.

I know someone will ask, but I can't use the PCLinuxOS all the time cause of space & family needs (wants) to use windows still. I have tried a kvm switch, but still had compatiblity problems w/Media Center pc. I tried switch w/other non-Media Center pc & the switch worked correctly.

So I am just wondering if anyone knows why Media Center os would have a compatibility problem.

I tried real hard to keep this short.

Old 09-10-2006, 03:46 PM   #2
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If I'm following your post correctly, it's just the one computer's sound that isn't working, right? So I'm guessing that PCLinuxOS isn't recognizing the sound card.

If you type the command 'lspci' in a shell window you'll get a list of your hardware devices, including your audio controller. That's what you need to find a driver for, which may or may not exist for Linux.

And if PCLinuxOS doesn't support it, perhaps another live cd distro will. Have you tried any other live distros like Knoppix or Ubuntu yet?
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Sorry for the confusion (I figured there might be). All Live CD's work fine on my Linux (PCLinuxOS) pc. None of the Live CD's operate sound on the Media Center pc. That is why I am wondering if there is a compatibility issue w/the Windows XP Media Center os.

Thanks for the reply.


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