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gingerwombat

Joined: 06 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Feb 2008, 12:59    Post subject:  Sound not working
Subject description: Old gateway solo 3100 sound not working
 

Hi,

I have previously used puppy linux on a few computers and found it to be great with no problems. I am currently trying to make an old gateway solo 3100 (http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Solo_Series/P3100/P3100nv.shtml) useable again.
I have limited experience with linux but have so far managed to get opera installed and have also set up a swap file.

The laptop has 96Mb of ram and a 200Mb swap file. I am not sure what the sound chip is but it is on board and the gateway website states "16-bit stereo audio, built-in OPL3 (FM synthesizer), built-in 3D enhanced controller; full duplex operation with two DMA channels; supports Sound Blaster Pro 3.01 game playback compatibility"

My problem is that the alsa wizard does not seem to get my sound working it finds a "nm256 00:02.1 class0401: 10c8:8005 (rev 12)" then when loading this driver it then states "soundcard not found"

I appologize if i have missed anything out, any help would be much appreciated,

Thanks
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prit1


Joined: 03 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Feb 2008, 14:07    Post subject:  

Did you get to the point where Alsa probes legacy drivers? If yes, then try deselecting everything other than sound blaster 8 and 16.
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rockaway

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Feb 2008, 01:39    Post subject:  

The problem is that you are trying to install sound drivers for a external sound card. As you mentioned that you have onboard sound card. Therefore drivers you are trying to install is not finding any sound card. It can be the case that you might have not installed proper sound drivers for your onboard sound card because of which you have sound problem on your laptop.
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gingerwombat

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Feb 2008, 00:42    Post subject:  

Cheers Prit and Rockaway,

I tried the legacy driver thing and sure enough it found something and configured it with no error messages for both sb16 and sb8, however using theese drivers still gives me no sound, does that eman the sound just doesnt work?
I have no way of checking with windows as the laptop has no hard drive.
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tempestuous

Joined: 10 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Feb 2008, 05:44    Post subject: Re: Sound not working
Subject description: Old gateway solo 3100 sound not working
 

gingerwombat wrote:
... the alsa wizard does not seem to get my sound working it finds a "nm256 00:02.1 class0401: 10c8:8005 (rev 12)"

Device ID 10c8:8005 reveals that your audio chipset is the Neomagic NM2200 MagicMedia 256AV.
This is supported by the ALSA snd-nm256 module. I suggest you pre-load this module, like this -
Code:
modprobe snd-nm256

then run the ALSA wizard again.
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rericsson

Joined: 05 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Feb 2008, 11:55    Post subject:  

My Dell Inspiron has the same card (I think). I got it to work by following the steps outlined in http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=25169.
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