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#26 OFFLINE   BarryB

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 04:28 PM

Yea, Big difference there..I don't have an external to test with so..I guess Zen may not be what your looking for...sorry, It does have a pretty clean look...But ubuntu is a good choice too :P
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Posted 09 September 2006 - 04:52 PM

Wild shot here but have you tried *disabling* onboard sound in bios so Zenisn't confused about multiple sound cards?

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:21 PM

View Postarcturus, on Sep 9 2006, 04:52 PM, said:

Wild shot here but have you tried *disabling* onboard sound in bios so Zenisn't confused about multiple sound cards?
I don't have that capability in BIOS. But I did blacklist in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklistand finally got sound after rebooting. I had to run alsaconf after which my Audigy worked.However Asla still sees it as snd-hda-intel however and I have to manually run alsaconfon start up. Because this is a laptop keeping it on all the time is not an option.I don't know about Zen being confused but I sure am.Ubuntu used to give me fits when I first started playing around with it. It wouldalternate between one card and the other in no particular patternand refused to use my Audigy 2 for web based audio like Pandora.I stumbled on blacklisting the onboard sound and that fixed Ubuntu.Ubuntu does however without fail configure my Audigy 2 at every boot.If I could get Zen to do the same I'd be happy.
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Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:34 PM

View PostBruno, on Sep 9 2006, 03:33 PM, said:

Dunno Frank . . I am starting to loose faith in Zenwalk, I had a look at: http://distrowatch.c...t...ll&year=all and it looks like there is a new version of this distro every 2 months, not really a sign of a "stable" distro . . . . . ( apparently it used to be "Mini-Slack" and they changed to Zen a year ago )  . . . I would simply classify it as buggy !:P Bruno
Update: partial success. Added blacklist entry in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist to blacklistmy internal soundcard. On reboot I reran alsaconf and got card to work.Here's the strange part Alsa thinks my Audigy 2 is the intel card and refersto it as snd-hda-intel like it did when it was configuring my internal card before.It  needs reconfiguring on reboot however, hence partial success. Again,Ubuntu is much more refined.
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Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:43 PM

Glad to see at last a bit of progress here Frank ! Well done ! :P B) Bruno

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 06:11 PM

View PostBruno, on Sep 9 2006, 05:43 PM, said:

Glad to see at last a bit of progress here Frank ! Well done ! :P B) Bruno
Odd this.When I thought earlier that I had to reconfigure every time I booted Zen I was only partially right.My card has a red LED on the left which usually indicates mute.It is/has been my usual clue that something is amiss. When I reboot the red LED is litindicating a problem but I just noticed that the little volume control icon in the systemshows 0% . When I begin to move the volume control slider up the red LED goes out.Sure enough the card is running.Apparently this P.O.S. operating system starts out  with the volume controlat the lowest setting which my sound card interprets as muted. Hence the red LED.Strange. I shouldn't complain though Ubuntu maintains the sound volume settingsso I have been known to be blasted out of my seat by Ubuntu's startup .wav file.Zen don't have a startup or shut down sound.

Edited by Frank Golden, 09 September 2006 - 06:23 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 02:28 AM

View PostFrank Golden, on Sep 10 2006, 12:11 AM, said:

Strange. I shouldn't complain though Ubuntu maintains the sound volume settingsso I have been known to be blasted out of my seat by Ubuntu's startup .wav file.
LOL . . . . . . Frank I recognize that one !  . . .LOLAnyway, in the config of Kmix there is a setting "restore volumes at login"  . . . this might help with Zenwalk ;)B) Bruno

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 03:35 PM

View PostBruno, on Sep 10 2006, 02:28 AM, said:

LOL . . . . . . Frank I recognize that one !  . . .LOLAnyway, in the config of Kmix there is a setting "restore volumes at login"  . . . this might help with Zenwalk ;)B) Bruno
Hi Bruno,   A fellow Zenwalker gave me this command [/usr/sbin/alsactl store].Works like a charm.After playing with Zenwalk awhile and after updating my base Zenwalk 2.8 to 3.0,not installing 3.0 from the .iso disc, I must say I was premature in my earlierestimation of Zenwalk. This approach of updating over an existing stable versionof Zenwalk seems to work better for me than a complete reinstall using the new version disc. While I was trying to fix my sound problems I was using a "fresh"Zen 3.0 install. I experienced many crashes. The upgrade approach has been verystable so far. The sound fix is easily reproducible for future reference.I am even becoming an old hand at reinstalling the ATi drivers my machine uses.Thanks Bruno

Edited by Frank Golden, 10 September 2006 - 03:36 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 05:03 PM

View PostFrank Golden, on Sep 10 2006, 09:35 PM, said:

A fellow Zenwalker gave me this command [/usr/sbin/alsactl store].Works like a charm.
Yep that is a good one too . . . . . anyway, glad all turned out well.  B) :hysterical: Bruno




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