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Old 12-14-2008, 10:19 AM   #1
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List of Hardware on my system?

Ive got a backup drive on my system running off of an IDE expansion card. How can I find the card through Ubuntu so I can then possibly locate the driver?

Thanks in advance Again
Old 12-14-2008, 11:12 AM   #2
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You could try the command: lspci

I think in Ubuntu it would be:

sudo lspci

You can get more detailed information through:
sudo lspci -vvv

You may possibly already have drivers loaded for it. To look for drives connected to your computer try:

sudo fdisk -l


sudo dmesg

Old 12-14-2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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lspci is certainly useful but also check out the lshw command. If it's not installed it'll be in the repos

$ sudo lshw -X
will get you the output in a gui, switched are available for output in plain text, html and xml.
Old 12-14-2008, 12:37 PM   #4
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How can I find the card through Ubuntu so I can then possibly locate the driver?
it's very unlikely that you need a "driver": this is linux, and an IDE disk controller is likely to be detected and configured automatically. Linux may not know what you want to do with the drive, so it is probably just sitting there, waiting for you to do something with it.

What are the outputs of
sudo fdisk -l

Note that's "fdisk minus ell" not "fdisk minus one"
Old 12-15-2008, 03:34 AM   #5
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It was an expansion card attached to the pci slot on my MB... All the commands I tried, nothing came up, it locked up, or just plain had nothing happen.

For all intents and purposes, Linux will just not 'see' the expansion card... The only installation thing I have is a floppy for it, but I can't get Wine or any other software to recognize the files on the floppy.

Dunno... 4 days in now... Tried Ubuntu, Freespire, Linux XP, Red Hat, Kubuntu, Fedora... so far nothing seems to work well on any of my systems...

I like Ubuntu and Freespire the best out of all of the Distros I've tried but neither of them will give me sound and Ubuntu requires some crazy scripting (from all I can find) to get dual monitor support... None of the Distros will recognize the IDE expansion card... which is no biggie, I've been meaning to get rid of it anyway for a pair of sata drives, but still... after 4 days or so, I still don't have a working comp...

Now I understand this is a learning process, and I like a challenge, but I'm just so stumped I dunno what to do....

The biggest thing I'm really trying to tackle is getting sound to work... I think if I can at least overcome this one problem, I may start to see how these things work... But of all the fixes and codes Ive tried, the forums Ive visited, the documentation... nothing has worked....

I mean Im using a Soundblaster 16... the thing is years old and Im sure its in working order... Why doesnt it just 'WORK' with the Freespire or Ubuntu distributions?

I did get it to actually work just on my desktop, but no sound on websites... Then I got it to work on websites and it quit working on my desktop... wtf m8?

Sorry for the post being long... I'm just very frustrated....
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Hi Erkytimbers,

I'm sorry to hear you are so frustrated but hang on, it's worth it!

You have an old sound card so as you said, it shouldn't be a problem. I'd stick to Ubuntu or Kubuntu which I personally prefer and start from scratch. I have just installed it on a brand new laptop and it all works great up to the volume buttons, cpu freq control... and dual screen (although I admit it was a bit of a fiddle).

If you are getting errors, post them, I'm sure someone will be able to help.

Oh, and for the sound, have a look at alsamixer. It will let you configure your card on the command line (still graphical though). I had a problem once and discovered a channel was muted.

Hope this helps a bit and remember, post your errors.

Old 12-15-2008, 05:43 AM   #7
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A number of things...if you use apropos (or man -k), you'll discover

$apropos hardware
clock (8) - query and set the hardware clock (RTC)
discover (8) - hardware detection utility
discover.conf (5) - hardware detection settings
hwclock (8) - query and set the hardware clock (RTC)
hwinfo (8) - probe for hardware
lshw (1) - list hardware
sysdata (1) - find basic hardware system data
toshset (1) - manipulate bios and hardware settings of Toshiba laptops
vbetool (1) - run real-mode video BIOS code to alter hardware state
I think what you'll want is 'hwinfo' which may give fuller info if run 'as root' (via sudo). I really don't know if your IDE expansion card is going to be listed; probably if it isn't and discover doesn't find it, the issue is probably that your distro isn't finding the card correctly at start-up.

If that is the case, I'd have a quick look around with knoppix, which tends to have superior hardware detection (may not be the best distro for long term use, but its hardware detection tends to be good). In general, if you can re-organise the use of IDE interfaces so that you don't need an expansion card for the disk drives, your life will probably be easier.
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How about giving some system specs what kind of controller card is it?

As for the sound card, it's a sound blaster 16 but is it a pci or isa? If its the later you will need to run alsaconfig to force linux to find it.
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Thanks for all the replies.

I'll check out ALSAMIXER

As far as the sound card its actually showing as a
Soundblaster LIVE, Which is right. It is a PCI card... The system itself is a 3.8ghtz Duo Core on an ASIS board (though I can't remember the specs of the board)

I'm running 4g of ram on it and a Nvidia 256mb video card.

I did give up on trying to get Linux to work on my main comp, just until I'm confident I can tackle it there. I work off my PCs so having one of my main comps down for any extended period of time costs me $$.

My main comp is the one that had the expansion card, and after reformatting and reinstalling winblows on it I decided to just yank the card and buy a SATA drive. Faster anyway.

I figure once I have ironed out all the kinks on this small PC, I'll try to port everything over to the big work horses... Just dying to get away from Microsoft, but have to be smart about it.

Thanks for all your help. I'll try Alsamixer and let y'all know how it works for me.

Thanks again.
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Downloaded and installed Alsamixer. It went through the Archiver and compiled and installed. Got some new features in the Sound area of my control center, but still no sound when I try to play the test sound. No sound when I run the Startup Wizard either.

No sound from Realplayer, or on websites.... just plain no sound...

grrrr.... hehehe
Old 12-15-2008, 08:25 AM   #11
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I've had dual monitors on my PC w/o any "crazy scripting". How easy it is, just depends on your graphics controller(s). I have a dualhead Nvidia, and it sets up in about 20sec.

Try using google to search out solutions for your specific sound device..
lspci will give you all the info you need about your sound device. For instance, you could try something like this...

"Ubuntu 8.10 no sound Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03) (thats my sound device)" You can't just google "Ubuntu no sound", and expect to get any real results.

What version of Ubuntu are you trying?

Old 12-15-2008, 01:00 PM   #12
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Right now I'm using Freespire. So far I was able to get the closest in regards to the sound working. With Ubuntu I got nothing at all.

As far as searching... I'm one of those folks that does endless searching before just posting on a forum. I tried just about every fix I could find.... every script I could come up with...

Even uninstalled and reinstalled Freespire a few times in between trying fixes. Put it this way.... I started running Live CDs last Wednesday. Thursday or Friday I had settled on either Ubuntu or Freespire. The only thing that turned me off of Freespire is its lack of an x64 edition... So far Freespire has been the most complete out of the box for me and the last time I installed it the sound worked ok with a little tweaking...

This last two times I installed it I just can't seem to get it to work with sound. As far as Ubuntu, I get no sound even though it 'sees' my sound card just fine, says the sound is working properly, but nothing comes out....

There has got to be at least one thing I haven't tried and that one thing will make it all work right... Just gotta find that one thing.


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