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Old 02-03-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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Exclamation Dell Studio 14 - problems

System Configuration
2.26 ghz 1066 mhz, 3MB cache
500 GB HDD
512 MB ATI Mobility Radeon 4530

1. Booting: computer does not boot into linux without the grub option acpi=off. )
thread I created for the problem:

2. No Sound: There are two audio jacks (for plugging headphones) and speakers - all work fine with windows. In linux (tried a lot of distros) there is no sound from the speakers and one of the audio jacks where as the other jack works but the intensity is very low. There are two sound cards detected by alsamixer namely HDA Intel and one labelled ATI .. there is a third option default. Selected any one of them makes no difference.

3. No battery icon appears (I am not able to estimate the amount of charge left) ... possibly because of the acpi=off option.

4. the CLI terminal does not appear when I press ctrl+alt+fn(1-7) keys.
on going discussion on this ... post replies to this one in there only:

Note : Distros tried by me:
OpenSUSE 11.2 :- presently working on it.
Ubuntu 9.10 and 8.10:- my usb modem was not being detected hence I dropped it.
Mandriva 2010:- just changed my mind.
Sabayon 5.0 :- KDE is not able to start and reports kdeconfigbase4 not found.

Please help me I am very eager to configure my system properly and get it optimized as fast as possible.
Old 02-23-2010, 11:19 AM   #2
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I can't talk on every problem you had raised. But regarding battery, sound ..
In openSuSE tray has kpowersave. It shows whenever AC plugged in or not. Is it not available for you ? checkout !
for sound, KMIX is available at tray , press on "mixer" button , this will takes us change the output levels of speakers.
Old 02-24-2010, 12:42 PM   #3
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no power icon, sound icon not functional

kpowersave not available in tray, as I said the battery is not detected, I have to boot into my system with acpi=off which unfortunately makes the system unaware of power specifications.

kmix is not useful, even if i increase sound to 100% , the embedded speakers and one of the audio jacks do not function and the third one produces sound but of very low intensity, hardly audible.
I have tried alsamixer too and that even showed the same effect. I don't think changing mixer is the solution in this case.

I installed slackware recently and found that it does not need the acpi=off thing and runs smoothly. I am presuming that it is a missing kernel module issue that is troubling me presently.

However, sound problem still persists.

help me out .. please


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