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Falling on deaf ears

So, I got Mandrake 9.1 running :). Installation was quick and painless – it’s much improved over the 9.0 installer with anti-aliased fonts and a theme that is somewhat easier on the eyes. It tended to ask less questions though, but was able to automatically configure most of my settings for me.
The OS itself looks great in KDE3.1 (I didn’t install GNOME due to a lack of disk space), and the Mandrake Control Centre looks like it’s received a lot of attention. All of my hardware was correctly detected bar my modem. And there was no sound.
I spent about half an hour trying to figure out how to get it to work, but to no avail. Unfortunatetly, I’m one of these people who needs music to work :(.
So, what I intend to do is reformat / and install Mandrake 9.0 – I know that sound works in that – and then upgrade to 9.1 in the hope that it’ll retain my sound settings. Although SiS, who make my sound card (and just about everything else on my motherboard) do release some Linux drivers, there weren’t any for this range of cards, only drivers for Windows.
It’s a pity – I did have high expectations for this OS. Ah well, with a bit of luck, I can fix it. And if not, I’ll start nagging in various places for help…

One Comment

  1. Did it detect the sound hardware? If it did, then it may be that it doesn’t like the ALSA/OSS driver. Try going to the Mandrake Control Center, then Hardware->HardDrake. Click on your sound card, then “Run config tool”.In the main section, you should have a list box with only one option (the other driver). Click on “OK” to get it to use that driver, then close down and reboot so that init will initialise the driver. Hopefully it’ll then work.
    What you’re doing is basically changing the driver from an ALSA to an OSS driver, or vice versa. If that doesn’t work, check your mixers (run “kmix” or “alsamixer”).
    Hope this helps. If it doesn’t work, let me know. I can help diagnose your problem for you – it’s almost certain 9.1 can do what you want.