no sound fujitsu lifebook

Forum: Multimedia
Topic: no sound fujitsu lifebook
started by: bwh1969

Posted by bwh1969 on Nov. 24 2007,03:47
I never got sound to work in any linux distro on this machine, so I am not terribly convinced I can get it to work with DSL.  Even Xubuntu, which is pretty good with detecting things never picked up the card.  I think it is an ESS SoundBlaster compatible ISA card,   Fujitsu lifebook 770TX, PII so I am pleased that DSL exists because it is the only OS that makes it usable at all.

I have the alsa package load at startup, my grub line has a reference to alsa as well.

I did a modprobe snd-(everything in the readme file that started with sb, and es, and nothing was recognized.

I think the last thing that had the sound working was a windows install 95 then 2000, but 2000 ran slow slow slow.  I think the card is fine physically, but other than that... not sure.  If I do an lspci, I get a reference to an ISA bridge, but no reference to sound.  I did an lspci -v, but I don't know how to scroll back in the DSL terminal:-(

Ideas anyone?

Posted by Juanito on Nov. 24 2007,04:16
If you want to be able to see everything that gets output to the screen, you can do something like this:
Code Sample
$ script screen
$ lspci -v
$ <ctrl-d>
$ beaver screen

Posted by curaga on Nov. 24 2007,09:41
Scrolling back is done with <shift-pageUp>
Posted by john.martzouco on Nov. 24 2007,12:07
Thank you for that 'script <file>', 'Ctrl-D" trick... what a great way to collect information!
Posted by bwh1969 on Nov. 24 2007,13:45
Thanks... both of these can be of major use.  I usually use Kubuntu or Slax... but KDE is just too much for the little laptop that could... I think I can, I think I can... but DSL runs pretty smoothly.

Wishing for sound though:-)  If I have any success, I'll post back.

Posted by john.martzouco on Nov. 24 2007,14:12

I don't know that this will help you at all... and I'm a noob with small hardware... but I have ben able to get an ESS1689 running under DSL.  Mine is in a 10 year old Compaq laptop.  It might be worth a try for you as well.

The console command that worked for me is:
Code Sample

modprobe sb io=0x220 irq=5 dma=1 dma16=5 mpu_io=0x330

I learned about it from this thread: < Sound on es1869 >

The key points are that you know what the BIOS settings for your card are.  I was lucky, I had reset the BIOS to factory settings before trying the above and my values all lined up exactly as the thread told.

I hope this helps a little,

Posted by bwh1969 on Nov. 27 2007,01:40
I think this worked... the volume shows up in d-mix.  Now I just have to find a sound file to try... at any rate, it is at least closer to working.
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