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  1. I was provided with the Free-2010.0-Dual iso on disc for evaluation. The iso creates an install disc, not a Live CD. Auto-detection installed the 32-bit version on my Compaq Deskpro EN Pentium III 933 MHz 256 MB RAM with no problems. The apps provided by the install disc are very bare-bones, and no special considerations are given for dial-up users. GUI apps are very few in number: no gui text editor, no gui e-mail client, no gui multimedia sound app, no gui graphics app. The overall performance is amazingly fast, however, and it might be a good choice for someone with broadband access via a network card. I was forced to stay with PCLinuxOS 2009.4 LXDE, which has all essential extras on the Live CD, including wvdial for dial-up. I am very pleased with it thus far, but somewhat disappointed that Mandriva does not yet have an equivalent offering.
  2. The only time I have seen such as you describe occur is when I edited an image and saved it in another format. Is this true in your case? If so, save in the same format, or another format that compresses the filesize.
  3. Very interesting information. My soon-to-arrive PCLinuxOS discs will be treasured collector's items. Will the personalities moving to the newly named Linux distro be changed into "new" personalities to match the new distro? I very much doubt it. In my opinion there are too many Linux distros already and illustrious talent is spread too thinly. I would like to see those developers join an already established distro that is compatible with their mindset.
  4. I did a considerable amount of additional Googling and I discovered that I have all the necessary tools to convert recorded ASF streams to WAV or other formats, particularly after adding "mencoder" to my installed packages. Finding the appropriate stream to record was also a major factor contributing to success. All ASF streams do not seem to be created equal. As an example, use the following command-line in Konsole to capture the "SKY.fm - Mostly Classical" ASF audio stream: mplayer -cache 128 -dumpstream -msglevel all=-1 -nojoystick -nolirc mms://wstream5d.di.fm/classical_low/ This is a 20 kbps (low-bit rate) stream that works fine with a dial-up modem. The stream will be saved with the filename "stream.dump". Use the "-dumpfile" option to save with the filename of your choice. See "man mplayer" for more details. Note that win32-codecs must be installed to handle ASF streams. Also note that audio will not be heard as it is recorded, so it is helpful to choose streams originating from sites that post playlists. On my system, running Mandriva 2007.0, pressing "q" does not stop "mplayer" recording; I must open another desktop, open "Process Table", and kill "mplayer". Pressing "q" does stop "mplayer" when listening only. The following command-lines can then be used to convert the ASF audio file to WAV, then MP3 format (if "lame" is installed to handle MP3 conversion). mplayer -msglevel all=-1 -nojoystick -nolirc input.asf -vc null -vo null -ao pcm:waveheader:file=output.wav lame -h -m s input.wav output.mp3 The above procedure works fine for me, and it can be streamlined considerably by those who enjoy writing bash scripts. I do not do much stream recording, so I will leave the script writing to someone else. The following ASF stream (32 kbps) can be captured, but I am unable to play the file, or convert it to another format. mplayer -cache 128 -dumpstream -msglevel all=-1 -nojoystick -nolirc mms://rx-wes-sea154.rbn.com/farm/pull/tx-rbn-sea003:1459/wmtencoder/wcpe/wcpeint/wmlive/wcpewin.asf "MPlayer" gives the error message "encrypted VOB file". So, do not be surprised if you find some cases such as this one. Remove the "-msglevel all=-1" option to see all warning and error messages. I also want to mention that "vsound" can be used to listen and record RM audio streams simultaneously, while "Audacious" can be used similarly for OGG and MP3 audio streams. Be advised that I use the OSS audio driver (i810_audio) only. Your results might vary.
  5. Still using 2007.0, which is my first Linux distro, and my one-and-only OS. I will be keeping it on this hard drive unit as a back-up. Current plans are to buy a used Pentium 4 system unit and install the current version when KDE issues have been solved. In the meantime, I have ordered copies of PCLinuxOS 2009.1 KDE and Gnome to keep on-hand if KDE development remains troubled. I would prefer to update only when packages are no longer available in repositories, not annually or semi-annually as some do.
  6. Thanks for your reply, scarecrow. Valuable information, as always. I will get the needed packages for VLC and mencoder.
  7. Is a plugin available for "Audacious" that will enable it to handle ASF, ASX streaming audio? The "Audacious" website seems to say "no", but Googling seems to say "maybe", as a non-free plugin. If a packaged plugin is available, where can I find it? I like using "Audacious" because it permits listening and saving OGG streams simultaneously, plus MP3 streams as well. I would like to do the same with ASF, ASX streams. MPlayer handles ASF, ASX streaming audio, but does not permit listening and saving (recording) simultaneously. Using the following command-line in Konsole (as an example): mplayer -cache 256 -dumpaudio -dumpfile stream.asf -msglevel all=-1 -nojoystick -nolirc mms://rx-wes-sea154.rbn.com/farm/pull/tx-rbn-sea003:1459/wmtencoder/wcpe/wcpeint/wmlive/wcpewin.asf I can save (record) an ASF stream. Once I have done that, is there a way to convert the ASF file to WAV format, so that I can make an audio disc, or use other software to do further conversion? I am using Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv.
  8. I am considering "Krecord" as a means to transfer audio from audio cassettes to CD (audio cassette to WAV, then WAV to CD). No package is available for Mandriva 2007.0, so I will need to compile from source (krecord-1.16.tar.gz). In Krecord's README file, I see the following: If you run in trouble make sure you have set the QTDIR and KDEDIR environment variables, like this: $ export QTDIR=/usr/lib/qt3 $ export KDEDIR=/opt/kde3 Of course you have to adopt the values to match the installation paths on your system ... When I run "env" from the CLI, I see that my QTDIR is set as needed, but I need to set KDEDIR to "/usr/lib/kde3", and I want to set that environment variable permanently, making it unnecessary to add it every time at boot-up. What is the best way to do that? I am the only user on my computer. Also, if anyone has any experience using Krecord with on-board audio (i810_audio : Intel Corp.|ICH2 810 Chipset AC'97 Audio Controller [MULTIMEDIA_AUDIO] (vendor:8086 device:2445 subv:0e11 subd:000b) and using "line-in" as input, please share your results. I do not use ALSA, only OSS. [moved from Software by spinynorman]
  9. I have a simple question pertaining to the meaning of some specific run command options that I see when looking at menu items listed in the KDE Menu Editor. The options I list below were automatically added when packages were installed. amarok %U kmix -caption "%c" %i %m easytag %F "%U" is the most common option added automatically. I have "Googled" for answers without success. So, if anyone can enlighten me, please do so. I am running Mandriva 2007.0, KDE 3.53.
  10. This follow-up to my initial post on this topic should be of interest to those who use dial-up for Internet access and who want a means to save multi-segment downloads session-to-session. cURL is the application you will want to use. Assuming you have cURL installed, open Konsole, <cd> to where you want the download to be saved, and, as an example, type the following command-line: curl -m 3600 -o FILE -v -# URL The remote file (URL) will be saved in the pwd as local file, named FILE (use any local filename you wish, as long as it is not the same as the remote filename). cURL will automatically time-out at 3600 seconds (one hour) in this example. Omit or modify the "-m" option as you wish. The "-v" option tells cURL to function in verbose mode (recommended), and the "-#" option uses the # character for the progress meter. View the page source for each download page to view the desired download link, then copy-and-paste it into the command-line above. Note that if your chosen URL reads something like: http://www.FreeForTheTaking.com/Really Big File.zip where there are spaces in the remote filename, you will need to insert %20 for every space in the remote filename. Thus, the URL in the command-line will read: http://www.FreeForTheTaking.com/Really%20Big%20File.zip Let's assume that you used the "-m 3600" option, cURL automatically timed-out at 3600 seconds, and you have only downloaded 15 megabytes of the 28 megabytes remote file. For the next session, do as above, but use the command-line: curl -C - -m 3600 -o FILE -v -# URL This will cause cURL to continue downloading local FILE at the correct offset of the remote file. Do not forget the " -" after "-C". In this example, two sessions were sufficient to download the complete remote file, but for even larger remote files repeat the procedure as needed. I am forced to restrict my download sessions to 3600 seconds, due to limitations imposed by my ISP. I choose to use a local filename that is different from the remote filename because, if this is not done, I found that in certain instances where the path on the server to the remote file changes every session (security precautions), each download segment will be saved locally as separate files, not appended to one another as they should be. Read the man page for cURL for information on all options available. cURL is a great tool for saving multi-segment downloads. It works flawlessly, if used properly.
  11. If I am not mistaken, kget is a GUI front-end for Wget. Correct me if I'm wrong. I do have kget installed, by the way. I found the home page for Retriever Download Manager and it looks like it offers all the features I want. It requires JRE 1.5. Retriever is now in version 1.3.
  12. I have dial-up Internet access and I want to find a way to download games or other applications (usually archived in zip format) in segments that can be saved to disk one day, then resumed another day, and so on until the complete archive has been downloaded. Segments will generally not exceed 15 MB in size, corresponding to about one hour of download time per session. I see from the Wget man page that Wget will allow such behavior using the "c" (continue) command-line parameter. However, the downloads I am primarily seeking are protected by layers of security to deter "link stealers." Thus, if a URL for a download can be resolved and can be seen on-screen, it cannot be used after the session has ended. The URL changes each time a new session is started. I also see from the Curl man page that it accepts the "--referer" command-line parameter, which might make it a more likely candidate for segmented downloads than Wget. I would guess that I could use my web browser to work through the layers of security, resolve a download's URL, then enter the URL into the command-line for starting Wget, but this creates another problem. Some sites will not allow simultaneous downloading of muliple files, nor will they allow download managers that use multiple connections to accelerate downloads. Using a web browser and Wget to simultaneously download the same archive, even for a fraction of a second, would probably get me banned from some websites. So, does anyone know a good way, if any, to do what I want to do? My primary objective is to be able to resume a partial file download that has been saved to hard disk during a previous session. My secondary concern is the best way to get around the "multiple-file-download" ban, by not accidently triggering the ban. The following is taken from the HOTU FAQs page, for those who want to experiment: "If you've got the referer setting in your download manager set up correctly, but you can't convince it to accept the link, make a bookmark with this link: java script:document.writeln(document.forms[document.forms.length - 1].action + '?firewall=' + (document.getElementsByName('firewall')[0].checked ? 1 : 0) + '&code=' + document.getElementsByName('code')[0].value); Then, when you're ready to download, fill in the form as usual, but instead of clicking the "Go" button, select this bookmark. Then copy-and-paste the URL it gives you into your download manager. I repeat: this will not work unless your referer setting is correctly set up and you fill out the form on the download page completely." I have not yet been able to get a URL to copy-and-paste, as per the above instructions. My one-and-only operating system is Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv. I primarily use Firefox, which came with my Mandriva installation discs, but I also have Firefox 3.0 and Opera 9.50 installed. A download manager that allows session-to-session segmented downloads, that allows web browser integration, and that allows referer entry, would be ideal.
  13. I finally made the effort to install Zdoom 2.2.0 and it was time well spent. My first attempt to compile the source code was halted, due to two missing development libraries, but after those were installed my second attempt was successful. No loading errors were encountered when Zdoom was first launched. A few minutes were spent with Doom II, then I loaded Eternal Doom IV, which is still a work in-progress. Zdoom is required to run Eternal Doom IV. Eternal Doom IV is nothing less than spectacular, even considering that many levels have yet to be added. It is a great leap forward from the preceding final release of Eternal Doom. The graphics are beautiful and very realistic, running fluidly on my Compaq Deskpro EN, Pentium III 933 MHz with nVidia Riva TNT2 AGP card, Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv. Sound is excellent; far superior to DosBox 0.72. The game engine accepts OSS with no complaints. The first level (hub) of Eternal Doom IV begins with Map 8; warp to start the game there. Those who want to install Zdoom 2.2.0 and follow Eternal Doom IV as it progresses should print a copy of "Compile Zdoom on Linux", available on the Zdoom Wiki pages, and read it thoroughly. The dependencies listed therein should be interpreted to mean, "development libraries required, also", although it is not explicitly stated as such. FMOD 3.75 was one of the requirements for my install, but only five files contained in the tarball are actually needed by Zdoom 2.2.0. Team TNT has done meticulous, ground-breaking work with the initial levels. The levels to come are being anxiously awaited. As I wait, I will find a safe niche somewhere in an immense courtyard, listen to the crickets chirp in the darkness of a summer evening, and try to dodge fireballs hurled my way.
  14. As an update, let me mention that PeaZip 2.1 recently was released. Unlike previous releases that were plagued with 'garbled' text in the last column when an archive was opened, PeaZip 2.1 is free of this little glitch. I have both the GTK1 and GTK2 standalone versions installed under /usr/local and both are functioning very nicely, although the GTK2 version opens much faster (3 seconds) than the GTK1 version (12 seconds) on my Pentium III 933 MHz machine.
  15. To save time and effort, buy the release version of your choice on CD's or DVD. I received very satisfactory service from LinuxCDs.org. There are other companies that can provide install discs. The cost is minimal. Once you have installed the basic OS, you can download additional packages from the repositories. I save all my downloaded packages on CD, just in case I might need them in the future. If you download and install packages using URPMI, they will be installed, but not saved, under normal circumstances. You will need to use WGET, or something similar, to save additional packages to hard disk.
  16. Thanks for posting the release announcement. I saw it here first. Promptly downloaded the RPM package and used URPMI for the install. Everything went very smoothly -- absolutely perfectly, in fact. The browser is an excellent product. I will be using it regularly, but not exclusively. Thank goodness the days of Opera 3.61 for Windoze 3.1 are long gone.
  17. I am still using an ancient Canon BJC-610 inkjet, but when it fails I plan to replace it with a monochrome laser printer, most probably one made by Brother. I am sure you will want a printer (if you select a laser-type) that has the toner cartridge and drum replacable as separate items. See the following webpage for helpful ideas. Suggested Printers
  18. I have setup a custom HDD repository, to which I add or delete rpm packages stored on CD-R discs, as needed. What follows is a post submitted relatively recently to LinuxQuestions, Mandriva Forum, in response to a query similar to yours. I should add that I keep copies of downloaded rpm packages permanently on discs to avoid the need to download them again if a major catastrophe occurs; I think it is very prudent to do so. And I also want to add that I am enjoying Mandriva 2007.0 more than ever, and I will be keeping it around for a while longer. ================================================== 2008-01-05 LINUXQUESTIONS ================================================== CREATING A CUSTOM REPOSITORY As I promised, here are the essentials on how to create a custom Mandriva Linux repository on your HDD. I am running Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv, but the basic procedure I will outline should hold true for Mandriva 2008.0 as well. I will describe how my custom repository is set-up. Keep in mind there are other ways it can be done (meaning, slight modifications). Most importantly, I recommend using the CLI exclusively for initial set-up. URPMI is the backend for GURPMI, the GUI frontend known as Mandriva Linux Control Center/Software Management. Only knowing how to use the GUI will not save you in every case if something goes drastically wrong. Post if something here is not clear, or if you need more details. 1. Using Konsole, or your favorite CLI, create a directory <mkdir> where you will be storing the RPM packages that will comprise your custom repository. I use the directory: /home/myUserID/rpms/ Substitute your UserID in the above. You can name the directory anything you wish. I chose this particular path to my repository because it is easily accessible. 2. Add the following subdirectory <mkdir>: /home/myUserID/rpms/pubkey/ Then copy <cp> the Pubkeys file to the newly created subdirectory. My Pubkeys file is located in: /var/lib/rpm/ You will need to be logged-in as root to do this, and remaining logged-in as root will make the remainder of all this easier. If your Pubkeys file is not there, do a file search. Note: I am assuming here that you already have URPMI configured for some on-line repositories. If not, then the Pubkeys file might not exist, in which case I would recommend discontinuing this procedure and first concentrate on setting up URPMI to use on-line repositories (mirrors). Repost if you need more help on configuring URPMI to use Mandriva Linux mirrors. 3. Copy <cp> or move <mv> the desired RPM packages to the newly created directory </home/myUserID/rpms>. I make sure that root has ownership of all my RPMs <chown root:root *.rpm> Also, my file permissions read as follows: [myUserID@localhost rpms]$ ls -l total 6917 -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 6958028 Dec 28 08:56 fp-linux-ws.rpm -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5447 Jan 2 17:08 hdlist.cz -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 86069 Jan 2 13:16 libgdk-pixbuf2-0.22.0-10mdv2007.0.i586.rpm drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1024 Dec 28 10:37 pubkey/ -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 443 Jan 2 17:08 synthesis.hdlist.cz If your's do not, do <chmod 664 *.rpm>. 4. Now do <genhdlist>. This will write hdlist.cz and synthesis.hdlist.cz to the directory. Whenever, RPMs are added or deleted, hdlist.cz and synthesis.hdlist.cz must be removed <rm>. Then, you must do <genhdlist> again. 5. Now you are ready to create a custom repository. My custom repository is named HD (harddrive). Name your's anything you wish ... HDD, CUSTOM, LOCAL, whatever. So, in my case, I did: <urpmi.addmedia HD /home/myUserID/rpms/> You should see output indicating that the custom repository is being created. If something ever goes wrong and you want to discard the custom repository, you can do: <urpmi.removemedia HD> 6. Next, do: <urpmi.update HD> You will see output indicating that new configuration files are being written. You might want to copy all output displayed to a text file for later reference, particularly if you want to find where some configuration files are located in the future. You will need to update your custom repository whenever RPMs are added or deleted. 6. Now you can go to Mandriva Linux Control Center/Software Management (GUI). Click on "Select from where software packages are downloaded when updating the system". You should see HD, or whatever you named your custom repository, on the list. Check-mark the box to enable the custom media. Make sure the HD line is highlighted. Then, click "Manage keys ...". If you have on-line repositories configured, you will have some keys from which to choose. I have added the key for my on-line main repository to my custom repository. Click OK. Next, click "Update ...", again making sure that HD is highlighted. HD in the GUI also needs to be updated every time RPMs are added or deleted. 7. Finally, go back to the "... Software Management" screen and click "Look at installable software and install software packages." Search for a RPM package you know is in your custom repository. It should then appear in the box below, unchecked. Check it, then click <apply>. It will be immediately installed, if there are no other needed dependencies. Note: the key you added to your custom repository might not match the key included in the RPM package, causing URPMI to complain. Just go ahead with the install. The keys can be manually matched-up if the original source of the package has been noted and recorded, but doing so is just extra work. 8. Keep in mind that you might have RPMs stored on HDD that are also available from an on-line repository. Uncheck all on-line sources if you only want to install from local sources (custom repository, installation discs, etc.), and vice-versa, uncheck all local sources if you want to get everything only from on-line sources. Select your download sources to fit specific circumstances. URPMI is a powerful, indispensable tool for Mandriva Linux; it should never be ignored or by-passed. 9. It is also important to note that RPM packages downloaded and installed using URPMI are not kept permanently on HDD; they are automatically deleted from cache after installation. If you want to keep all supplemental RPM packages you have downloaded, another procedure will have to be used (I use <wget> to download and keep RPM packages on HDD, later archived to CD). Post to this forum with the topic "How to keep RPM packages", if you want to know how I do it. A problem might arise where what you see listed as installed and uninstalled in Mandriva Linux Control Center/Software Management might not reflect reality. In this case, your RPM database has become corrupted and will need to be rebuilt. All that is another topic altogether, and I will not discuss it here at this time. It, all I have covered, and more, is contained in the "Tools/urpmi" pages available from Mandriva Community Wiki at Mandriva's official website. Also, read <man urpmi> and related man pages for some basics. I can guarantee that Mandriva Linux can become as easy to use as basic MS-DOS, if a user does not constantly switch from one Linux distribution to another, as some seem to do on an almost daily basis. http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Docs/Basic_tas...moving_software -------------------------------------------------- Compaq Deskpro EN, Pentium III 933 MHz, 256 MB RAM, Nvidia Riva TNT2 AGP Card, Canon BJC-610 Printer, Best Data 56SX92 External Serial Modem, Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv, KDE 3.5.4 --------------------------------------------------
  19. I think a good start to getting the help you need would be to post the output of <cat fstab>. I do the following: <cd /etc/> <cat fstab> and get the following output in Konsole: /dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1 /dev/hda6 /home ext3 defaults 1 2 /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto rw,noauto,users,sync,exec 0 0 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto rw,noauto,users,sync 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 none /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0 /dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0 This file can be edited and, in fact, I did so for some of the above lines (floppy, cdrom) to get those drives working properly. So, post your fstab file and I am sure you will get a concise answer very promptly for your problem. -------------------------------------------------- Compaq Deskpro EN, Pentium III 933 MHz, 256 MB RAM, Nvidia Riva TNT2 AGP Card, Canon BJC-610 Printer, Best Data 56SX92 External Serial Modem, Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv, KDE 3.5.4 --------------------------------------------------
  20. Trying to switch from OSS to ALSA was a minor fiasco in my case. It was all wasted effort. ALSA documentation, obtained from the official ALSA website, is out-of-date just enough to be next to worthless; setup instructions do not reflect reality. I have also concluded that my on-board audio hardware is insufficient to play MIDI files, otherwise the necessary OSS modules would have been automatically installed by Mandriva 2007.0. My on-board audio is detected as follows: [root@localhost /]# lspci | egrep audio 00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio (rev 02) [root@localhost rcglassford]# lspcidrake -v | grep -i audio i810_audio : Intel Corp.|ICH2 810 Chipset AC'97 Audio Controller [MULTIMEDIA_AUDIO] (vendor:8086 device:2445 subv:0e11 subd:000b) Initial <modprobe> commands to test insertion of ALSA modules went smoothly, but when I rebooted after adding the recommended script to /etc/modprobe.conf, I saw that things were beginning to get strange. The added lines of script had disappeared, although module insertion seemed to have taken place with no apparent problems. I had audio at this point. Going further, trying to insert the module <snd-seq>, is when everything went wrong. No sound, ALSA could no longer be started or stopped, and <alsamixer> settings could not be stored. As a residual after-effect of the whole process, I now have two extra lines in my /etc/modprobe.conf file that were not there before, and they refuse to be deleted. [root@localhost etc]$ cat modprobe.conf alias eth0 eepro100 <-- pre-ALSA install usb-interface /sbin/modprobe uhci-hcd; /bin/true <-- pre-ALSA alias net-pf-10 off <-- pre-ALSA alias sound-slot-0 i810_audio <-- pre-ALSA blacklist audio <-- post-ALSA blacklist snd-usb-audio <-- post-ALSA Despite the added lines, however, my OSS seems to be back to normal, although I am wondering why those two extra lines persist. ALSA has been stopped at boot-up (it is now behaving), and I removed the /etc/modprobe.d/sound file created by <alsaconf>. I discovered an easy way to solve the sound-skipping problem in Amarok, and I also discovered there are soft synths available the can be linked to /dev/dsp, the OSS output device, making playing of MIDI files possible without hardware. So, OSS will be staying on my unit. It is much more user-friendly than ALSA.
  21. ALSA documentation, available at the official website, points out that for kernel 2.6 script should be added to /etc/modprobe.conf. Script is added to /etc/modules.conf for earlier kernels. So, anyone reading that documentation page should not be confused. I will post on this topic later if I have other questions, or to summarize the procedure used to changeover my sound system. At this moment, everything seems very clear and I am ready to go ahead.
  22. dexter11: Can you confirm if the files /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-compat and /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-mdv are original Mandriva 2008.0 installation files, or are they autogenerated sometime after the initial install? This is changed from Mandriva 2007.0. For Mandriva 2007.0, /etc/modprobe.d/ contains only one file on my system: -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 70 Sep 19 2006 ldetect-lst.conf and cat ldetect-lst.conf gives: alias pcmcia:m*c*f*fn*pfn*paC7B8DF9Dpb1700D087pc4B74BAA0pd* hostap_cs So, right at this moment, it looks like a line beginning with "remove" in /etc/modprobe.conf for Mandriva 2007.0 will have the same effect as a line beginning with "blacklist" in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-mdv for Mandriva 2008.0. See the following example, taken from a recent MUB post, where a soundcard is being blacklisted. /etc/modprobe.conf alias eth0 8139too install scsi_hostadapter /sbin/modprobe sata_via; /sbin/modprobe usb_storage; /bin/true # alias sound-slot-1 snd_via82xx install usb-interface /sbin/modprobe uhci_hcd; /sbin/modprobe ehci_hcd; /bin/true install ide-controller /sbin/modprobe via82cxxx; /bin/true remove snd_emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe --first-time -r --ignore-remove snd_emu10k1 install snd_emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe --first-time --ignore-install snd_emu10k1 /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-mdv # blacklisted modules for PCI coldplug # see also /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-compat blacklist rivatv blacklist snd_via82xx Although the above example is from a Mandriva 2008.0 system, note the "remove" line in /etc/modprobe.conf. Actually, the scripts in the two files seem redundant to me. I would think the line that is commented-out in /etc/modprobe.conf would be enough to do the job. Correct me if I am wrong on this. I am staying with Mandriva 2007.0 at least until the closing months of this year, although I might purchase installation discs for Mandriva 2008.1 in Summer or Fall, if I see complaints related to the sound system fading away. I would like to have two system units so that I can "leap-frog" Mandriva distributions from year-to-year. It is my personal preference to have only one Mandriva release installed per unit, and no Microsoft Windows versions need apply.
  23. Thanks very much, dexter11. What you have written is helpful. I am already familiar with starting and stopping system services thanks to the Bruno Linux website. ALSA is running at boot-up, but is not yet functional, due to its driver not being loaded and no configuration. I will do a little more research on "blacklisting" to confirm where the appropriate lines should be added, if necessary. I think getting MIDI functionality will be the major challenge ahead.
  24. I am running Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv. My KDE sound system is currently set-up to use the OSS driver for my on-board audio. With this audio set-up, I have some sound skipping when playing MP3 files using Amarok, regardless of buffer settings, and I am unable to play MIDI files. Also, when I start DOSBox 0.72 (self-compiled) I see the following Konsole output: [me@mycomputer]$ dosbox DOSBox version 0.72 Copyright 2002-2007 DOSBox Team, published under GNU GPL. --- ALSA lib confmisc.c:670:(snd_func_card_driver) cannot find card '0' ALSA lib conf.c:3479:(_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_card_driver returned error: No such device ALSA lib confmisc.c:391:(snd_func_concat) error evaluating strings ALSA lib conf.c:3479:(_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_concat returned error: No such device ALSA lib confmisc.c:1070:(snd_func_refer) error evaluating name ALSA lib conf.c:3479:(_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_refer returned error: No such device ALSA lib conf.c:3947:(snd_config_expand) Evaluate error: No such device ALSA lib pcm.c:2143:(snd_pcm_open_noupdate) Unknown PCM default CONFIG:Loading primary settings from config file /home/myuserID/.dosboxrc CONFIG:Loading additional settings from config file dosbox.conf ALSA lib seq_hw.c:457:(snd_seq_hw_open) open /dev/snd/seq failed: No such file or directory ALSA:Can't open sequencer MIDI:Opened device:none MAPPER: Loading mapper settings from /home/myuserID/mapper.txt Obviously, DOSBox would prefer having ALSA installed, and the sound I hear when running it confirms that fact. So, I have decided to switch to the ALSA driver, but before doing so, I have two initial questions. 1. Switching to the ALSA driver is easily done using MCC: MCC/Hardware/Look at and configure the hardware/Soundcard ICH2 810 Chipset AC'97 Audio Controller/Run config tool/... i810_audio [OSS] snd-intel8x0 [ALSA] but I would like to know the corresponding CLI method for changing the soundcard driver. 2. After the ALSA driver has been selected and loaded, the ALSA documentation recommends: Copy and paste this [script] to the bottom of your /etc/modules.conf file: # ALSA portion alias char-major-116 snd alias snd-card-0 snd-intel8x0 # module options should go here # OSS/Free portion alias char-major-14 soundcore alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0 # card #1 alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss For Mandriva 2007.0, the correct path is /etc/modprobe.conf; there is no /etc/modules.conf file. The above script, by the way, is specific to the i810 chipset. The ALSA documentation also recommends: "If you get an 'init_module: No such device' error when you run this <modprobe> command [referring to initial module insertion tests, not the execution of the above script, which serves to automate the module loading], make sure that you uninstall all the sound related modules first." I do not anticipate any module removal, but should it be necessary I do not want to do anything permanently; I want the option to be able to easily revert back to the OSS sound system if something is not to my liking. I am a complete newbie as far as the <modprobe -r> command is concerned, but I understand that only modules that are not in use can be removed, and I assume that any modules removed using <modprobe -r> are only removed from memory, not permanently from the kernel stored on HDD. All this sets up my second question: if I need to prevent specific modules from being loaded at boot-up, how can I do so, again by using the CLI method? At this moment I am assuming that appropriate lines, such as "remove ... etc. ... etc.", added to modprobe.conf will do the job. I should have more questions concerning ALSA configuration in the near future, particularly when I tackle MIDI functionality. Doing that will require adding more lines of script to /etc/modprobe.conf, among other things. I have already installed almost every ALSA-related package for Mandriva 2007.0, so whatever I might need is readily at-hand. Thanks in advance for reading all this. I was educated in a scientific discipline, so I rapidly learned to rely in the time-trusted addage, "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with ...", well, you know the last word ... I don't have to spell it out. Anyway, terse prose is not one of my talents. Some additional Konsole output follows: [me@mycomputer]# lsmod <-- This shows loaded modules ... i810_audio 33684 0 ac97_codec 18316 1 i810_audio soundcore 8096 1 i810_audio ... [me@mycomputer]$ cat modprobe.conf <-- This shows current settings alias eth0 eepro100 alias sound-slot-0 i810_audio install usb-interface /sbin/modprobe uhci-hcd; /bin/true alias net-pf-10 off [me@mycomputer]# lspci | egrep audio 00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio (rev 02) [me@mycomputer]# lspcidrake -v | grep -i audio i810_audio : Intel Corp.|ICH2 810 Chipset AC'97 Audio Controller [MULTIMEDIA_AUDIO] (vendor:8086 device:2445 subv:0e11 subd:000b) -------------------------------------------------- Compaq Deskpro EN, Pentium III 933 MHz, 256 MB RAM, Nvidia Riva TNT2 AGP Card, Canon BJC-610 Printer, Best Data 56SX92 External Serial Modem, Mandriva 2007.0, kernel 2.6.17-5mdv, KDE 3.5.4 --------------------------------------------------
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