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Simple audio configuration ?

Postby mahutchinson on Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:03 am

I started off recently on Kubuntu, which I liked but on which I could not get my audio working. Then I tried Opensuse as I thought the configuration tools might help with the audio but instead it was worse as it cannot install the audio driver for some reason and the printer is not configured either (wrong spooler !!!???). I am wondering whether Mint will configure my audio any more efficiently than my previous distro choices ? Audio does seem to be a real sticking point with Linux at the moment and the how to guides are just ludicrously complex and geeky (IMO obviously :? ). I have onboard audio Intel ICH8 HD on an Asus P5B board. Any ideas on if it might get configured straight out of the box ? I appreciate that I should not choose a distro purely on this issue but it would be a great incentive to use Mint and it looks like a pretty slick interface to me as well.
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Re: Simple audio configuration ?

Postby SiKing on Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:33 am

I can only offer you a two-part half-answer :lol:
1. I have had situations with various distros, where sound did not work for me from the liveCD, but once I installed it the sound worked. So unfortunately, I do not think you will be able to judge purely on the Mint liveCD, but it is a good start. Boot it, and see what happens.
2. If #1 does not work, try http://www.knoppix.com/; it is a liveCD only (non-installable). It is said to have the best hardware detection. Unfortunately, and this is the half-answer part, if your sound works under Knoppix, I do not know how you find out which (combination?) of drivers is it that got it to work.

Good luck.
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Re: Simple audio configuration ?

Postby mahutchinson on Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:13 pm

Thanks - I will have a go this evening and see what happens. I have an existing home partition and the instructions to keep it (in the release notes section for downloads) look reasonably understandable except for this line:-

"add the /home partition for /media/sda? to /home"

Could someone explain what I am adding to what and how please ?
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