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Old 05-29-2005, 05:28 PM   #1
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Sound card, Dual boot, and Graphics questions

I have installed Red Hat Linux and SuSE Linux in the past. In both cases, after booting up into KDE desktop environment, my sound card didn't work (two different computers, two different sound cards, same problem.) Now, I plan to install SuSE Linux 9.3 on my Windows XP laptop, and I recall there being an open source program that would make Linux recognize sound cards. I'm using a Realtek AC97, and I'm curious as to how I could get this sound card to work on Linux.

Second, last time I installed SuSE Linux on this laptop, the GRUB loader didn't recognize my Windows XP partition, no matter what I tried. ( In fact, I came here for help back then) I plan to use the same hard drive for both Windows XP and SuSE Linux, with the XP partition already at 44 gigs (So I won't have to compress the partition), so what steps should I take to ensure that Windows XP will be bootable after SuSE Linux 9.1 Professional is installed?

Lastly, this wasn't so much as a major problem, but rather an annoyance. As I mentioned earlier, I intend to run Linux on a laptop. The monitor is running on an ATI MOBILITY RADEON 7000 IGP, and that seems to confused Linux. When I tried to change resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768, the screen became distorted and there was screen "noise" (distorted lines of imagery) across the middle of the screen. What steps can I take to fix this?
Old 05-29-2005, 06:55 PM   #2
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read this:

It would be better to create three threads, one per question, and provide more detail about each question instead of lumping it together.

1) Alsa. I run Alsa & esd, but feel free to use jackd, oss emulation or whatever works for you.

2) Installing and configuring your bootloader properly
here's a snippet of my lilo.conf:
# kept, in case I need to tell someone how
#	label="Windows XP"
#	table=/dev/hdb
#	map-drive=0x80
#	to=0x81
#	map-drive=0x81
#	to=0x80
I was bitten by not having the the map-drive parts.
In case you use grub, RTM.

3) dunno

hth --Jonas
Old 05-30-2005, 02:15 AM   #3
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yep try 3 threads next time but anyway. the realtec ac97 is really generic so it should work with any decently moderatly up to date distro. you might just need to run su and then run alsaconf to configure the sound. you might might have to recompile the kernel. to do that you will need the kernel sources and post a new thread for any questions with kernel recompiles.

as for dual booting. if grub doesnt find the partition durring install dont worry. just edit the file after you reboot. you just need to look at the grub config file which i think is in /boot/grub and is called grub.conf
use a text editor like nano or pico or if you are in x use something like gedit or kwrite and make sure you are root. then you need to know where the xp partition is. you can open a term and use cfdisk to see it. it will most likely be hda1 though if it was installed first. you might might have to be root to run cfdisk depending on your distro. if it is hda1 then you need to look at the gub config file and make sure that it looks something like

title=Windows XP
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

if you ahve a problem with that you should post a new topic on grub.

as for the display sounds to me like refresh rate you need to find out your monitor name and vendor and model number, google it and find the refresh rates that it needs. you might even be able to find out on the laptop makers site. usually if you dont know use a moderate setting and edit the monitor section acordingly. if you need more help post a new subject on the forum so that you dont overload people with several problems at once.


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