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Old 07-07-2004, 10:02 AM   #1
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Suse 9.1 on a Dell Inspiron 2650 Success but Sound & Mouse probs...Any Help?

I got Suse 9.1 to work on my Dell Inspiron 2650 but sound is crackling on XMMS...but NOT on CD player (as far as I can tell). Any ideas...Also please help me with touchpad. It's weird, the pointer acts erratic....but when I restart session and have to login, the mouse works fine...which leads me to think there is a setting somewhere that's wrong. I've gone into the list of mice selection, is there a way to install a touchpad driver of some kind so I can select it from that list instead of generic intellimouse (PS/2) which is NOT what it is.

Anybody that can help rocks...thank you very much.
Old 07-08-2004, 06:18 AM   #2
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I am seeing the same on my 2650 with SuSE9.1. I only have partial solutions:

1. Touchpad - was preconfigured almost ok, only klicking by tapping does not work. But it is usable, I have to klick with the extra buttons. The Yast2-setting is "IntelliMouse Explorer (USB)", since I am also using an usb-wheelmouse. My /etc/X11/XF86Config has two entries on mice, but I just tried it out and touchpad and mouse work both also with just one entry, using protocol "explorerps/2".

2. Sound - seems to be a known problem with the ALSA driver for the i810 (snd_intel8x0 ?). Some people say it works fine for them:

But I also read some articles which suggested using the OSS kernel module driver (i810_audio) instead, and setting the sampling rate hard to 48000 kHz:

Unfortunately I could not get my box to use the other (older!) sound system yet. /etc/modprobe.conf naturally has a section on sound (search for "OSS"), but also warns you that Yast2 will reconfigure it...

I am using zinf as a media player right now, which seems to skip a lot less. Zinf says it is using the soundcard.pmo output plugin, and not arts or alsa, so zinf is probably bypassing alsa completely. But that is quite unsatisfying... Help welcome!


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