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Old 04-11-2005, 05:50 PM   #1
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sound at startup, ATI driver failure, package installations

I have just recently started to use Linux, and am immensely enjoying it, have switched from Mandrake 10.1 to my current Fedora Core 3. I have worked out most of my major problems, but a few nagging difficulties remain.

First, everytime I start the computer, running KDE 3.4, I must go to the terminal and, using the aumix command, increase the PCM1 volume from zero to hear any sound. I searched for a way to change the default levels, and found through a google search to create an aumixrc file to change the default levels at startup. This is the file I created and placed in the /etc folder...if anyone knows if it is incorrect or in the wrong location let me know.


Second, I used the yum command "yum install ati-fglrx kernel-module-fglrx-`(uname -r)`" found on to install my ATI video drivers for my IGP 345M video card. Everything seems to work decent display-wise...but everytime the computer boots I can see an error concerning how the ati module failed to load with my kernel....if anyone could tell me where to go to get the bootup logs I could post specifics.

Third, I have tried to download the LimeWire 4.8 RPM from and a new window opens with the Helix player open. Is my distro having problems recognizing RPMs or something? I have also downloaded the tar.gz file but am unsure of how to install a program after unpacking the files.

I apologize for the long post and am greatly appreciative for any help I recieve with these issues.
Old 04-11-2005, 10:32 PM   #2
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Easiest way I know to set the alsa volumes so they load is simply to set them and then type "alsactl store".

The boot logs, as well as other logs should be in /var/log/

You can also type "dmesg" and scroll through the list for some good usefull info

Dunno about the RPM thing.

A .tar file is a file used to patch .road files.

Sorry, bad joke.

To install from a tar file:
1. Extract the tar file
2. cd into the directory containing the newly extracted files
3. Read any Install or README files for specific instructions

Typically, you'll run configure then make and make install (assuming a configure script was included)

It really depends on the app your installing but they normally come with instructions in the tar file.
Old 04-12-2005, 10:15 PM   #3
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Where should I go to set the alsa volumes and type "alsactl store" as you suggest? Also, thanks for telling me where the logs where...though this was the only part of the boot log I could find related to my ATI problem....and I remember the error on the boot up screen itself saying get the appropriate module or something at, which I searched to no avail. I don't know if this indicates anything.

Apr 11 10:13:29 localhost ati-fglrx: Checking for ati-fglrx kernel module failed

Thanks for the help.


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