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Re: sound drivers

On Mon, 2004-12-06 at 23:32, seth henderson wrote:
> I am new to Linux in general.  I just installed Fedora Core 3 and
> everything works great except for the integrated sound card on my
> motherboard.  The motherboard is an Intel Celeron based chipset (model
> D845GLVA).  I went to intel's website and found audio drivers for Red
> Hat 8 and 9.  My question is, will these drivers work for this
> distribution and if so, what is the best procedure for downloading and
> installing the drivers.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    If you're new, maybe I should give you some helpful tips.  I was
going to reply off-list, but it occurred to me that maybe it might help
someone else on Google.

    In Microsoft, no one will make hardware without some kind of driver,
even if it's crappy.  They just don't make any for Linux, 'cause they
haven't seen where it's going yet. (IBM does)  So we have to experiment
and to a certain extent reverse-engineer at times to get things to
work.  The sound card you discuss sounds like a new one; every once in a
while a hardware maker thinks he's gonna be the next IBM of the market
and makes something totally incompatible, generating yet another piece
of hardware to write a driver for. :(

    Not to worry- they _do_ research these things, and eventually
anything with a non-trivial amount of presence in the market gets a
driver, and the drivers tend to keep getting better.  If Intel made it,
it's possible the driver might even come from them, but don't hold your
breath.  (See also: i810)

    In general, when you have a question such as this, go see google;
put in keywords and look around.  A lot of times you'll get lucky and
won't even have to wait for a reply- you'll just find it.

    Then try friends.

    After that, bring it to the list and hope someone else has your
predicament.  Failing that, mail the maintainer of the code you have a
problem with.  Sure, you can mail him first, but so many problems are
already solved, and we really don't want to tax these folks....they
might be busy making drivers, aye?  :>

    It's too late now to chose the laptop that's linux friendly, but
if/when you upgrade, see google for "linux" and "laptops".  Several
sites depict which work best for Linux; how many drivers are there, and
that sorta thing.  There are even a couple of companies making laptops
_for_ Linux, which takes all the guesswork out of it entirely.

    And welcome to the list; it can be a big help, and sometimes it can
tick you off...but that's human nature- it's a community.

    I don't get a lot of chance to see new hardware...I'm broke and
staying that way a long, long time....but if you need anything, you can
drop me a line.  Info is at the bottom.

   Cheers! And good luck with the hunt!

Brian FahrlÃnder                  Christian, Conservative, and Technomad
Evansville, IN                                 http://www.fahrlander.net
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AIM: WheelDweller

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