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Old 03-17-2007, 03:34 PM   #1
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I have a 1996 PC (stop laughing now!) with no USB and a non functioning CD drive.

I managed to install Debian (with Kernel 2.6 something) on it using some clever advice which I can't remember where I found.

However the version of Debian I am using does not see my AWE64 sound card.

Are there any versions of linux out there which I can boot to from a floppy, perform a net install and will recognize my AWE64 card?

I have tried installing various versions of alsa and oss, but I can't even find out how to run them, never mind use them successfully. (e.g. I download alsaconfig, then go to a terminal and type 'alsaconfig'
and get the message 'bash: alsaconfig: command not found'

You can tell that I'm a newbie!

So my question is - what is the most simple way to get linux working with my AWE 64 sound card? I am already on Debian, but the answers to use of AWE64 which suggest recompiling my kernel are beyond me at the moment.

Happy to use any distro, format drives etc. provided I can do it from a combo of floppy (no more than are necessary!) and t'internet.

Thanks for your help.

(I will no doubt comer back later as I am trying to work out linux networking / file sharing, but that is for another day!)
Old 03-17-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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If you google sndconfig debian you may find easier to follow sites if the above is not to your liking.
Old 03-18-2007, 03:03 PM   #3
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If you are already using debian you can just change the repos (in apt) to the newer etch version and do an upgrade.
If you don't know how to do that post back and I (or someone else ) will give you a quick run down on how to set it up.


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