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no sound from Gateway Solo laptop
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chrisj

Joined: 14 Dec 2008
Posts: 1
Location: Nebraska, USA

PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2009, 19:00    Post subject: sound chip ens1371 in Gateway 2150
Subject description: last recommended changes applied - still no sound
 

I am going out on a limb here - I have a Solo 5150 (ens 1879 sound card as I recall) where I had similar strange issues after a frugal install of Boxpup 4.1.1. I got a gut feeling that some hardware issue I don't fully understand was causing the issue.

Then I hooked a set of headphones up to the laptop, ran the ALSA wizard, and voila, I have had sound ever since (with or without headset).

Like I said, I am out on a limb here, but thought it was worth mentioning.

Chris
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axel


Joined: 17 Oct 2008
Posts: 40
Location: Germany / Herrenberg

PostPosted: Mon 19 Jan 2009, 05:12    Post subject: no sound from Gateway Solo 2150 laptop
Subject description: tried various settings with sound chip - no luck whatsoever
 

@chrisj
thank you for your hint. I tried it with mine onboard ens1371 chip (labeled ev1938 on the box inside).
Wish I had that succes you have had.
Still no sound.
Can you pls post your settings ?
i.e kernel statement in GRUB menu.lst
axel
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micah1_8

Joined: 09 May 2008
Posts: 23

PostPosted: Tue 03 Feb 2009, 21:52    Post subject:  

Add me to the list of frustrated folks. I've not been able to get sound working on my 2150 either.
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tempestuous

Joined: 10 Jun 2005
Posts: 5257
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Wed 04 Feb 2009, 07:11    Post subject:  

A slight longshot, but worth a try; see "Audio fix for old Thinkpads"
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=38367

Don't use the "soundcard-on" script, but just run this command
Code:
echo 'activate' > /sys/devices/pnp0/00:05/resources

Hopefully this will bring the Ensoniq 1371 sound card to life.
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keyma5ter

Joined: 08 Feb 2009
Posts: 5

PostPosted: Sun 08 Feb 2009, 21:18    Post subject:  

You can add me to the list of folks watching this for a fix.

The echo 'activate' command did not work for me for 00:05 or 00:06. I even tried 00:00 through 00:10, 00:12, and all the other directories in pnp0.

I did notice a difference without the modules loaded. The system beeps come through my headphones. I don't know if that means anything, just pointing it out.
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keyma5ter

Joined: 08 Feb 2009
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PostPosted: Fri 13 Feb 2009, 23:55    Post subject: Solution for Puppy 2.16.1  

I have gotten sound from Damn Small Linux before by using the oss driver es1371. I tried using the oss driver in Puppy 2.16.1 and got it to work.

After installing 2.16.1, I edited the modprobe.conf file to blacklist the snd-ens1371 driver and then added the aliases for the sound.

To blacklist the alsa module, add the following (not intuitive) line to modprobe.conf:

install snd-ens1371 /bin/true

Then at the end of the file, I added the following two lines:

alias snd-card-0 es1371
alias sound-slot-0 es1371


I had first tried Puppy 4.1.2 and the es1371 module isn't there. Is there a way to get the module for 4.1.2? Maybe in the unleashed packages?
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MikeMT

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Posts: 87

PostPosted: Sun 01 Mar 2009, 10:29    Post subject:  

Still hoping for a solution. Thanks tempestuous for the info to forget about snd-alloc module. An interesting event, I hooked up additional speakers through the head phone jack. When running sound wizard, the speakers cam alive I was able to hear static as the program ticked through the choices. As soon as the wizard got to test the sound, the speakers went dead.
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feraliminal

Joined: 25 Apr 2009
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr 2009, 00:18    Post subject:  

Been banging my head on this sound problem for a week or so. One thing I did notice was this (see attached) coming up when alsaconf installed the driver.

4.2 is fantastic on this ancient laptop. Everything works well & fast, except the sound.
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bigmahi

Joined: 03 May 2009
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Sun 03 May 2009, 02:56    Post subject: Don't give up on 2150 Sound
Subject description: Solo 2150 Sound
 

Guys,

I have followed your thread for a while.

Don't give up! - I have spent time trying to get the audio to work on my Solo 2150. I really like puppy on my old hardware - if I had sound working on this old laptop I would have a great system.

I am not the best with Linux but am also willing to run tests.
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datagrubber

Joined: 07 Jul 2008
Posts: 16
Location: Florida

PostPosted: Tue 05 May 2009, 23:08    Post subject: Gateway 2150 sound  

yes I'm hoping for a solution also...
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bigmahi

Joined: 03 May 2009
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PostPosted: Wed 06 May 2009, 04:59    Post subject: Sound problem is Kernel issue  

I searched on line for similar problems and found a few posts where people used kernel 2.4.x (with red hat) and the sound worked fine. When they upgraded to kernel 2.6.x the sound stopped working on their Solo 2150.

I ran a test by downloading DamnSmallLinux (DSL) the latest version is based on kernel 2.4.39 and the sound worked perfectly out of the box.

So it looks like it is a kernel problem since all the puppy releases for the last few years have been 2.6.x I think since puppy 1.08.

Kernel issues are beyond my ability to deal with....

Hope this helps the puppy guru's
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MikeMT

Joined: 01 Apr 2006
Posts: 87

PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 10:48    Post subject:  

I have tried 2 versions of Damn Small Linux on my Solo and neither gave sound.
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feraliminal

Joined: 25 Apr 2009
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PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 23:54    Post subject:  

Let's break this down into steps:

* ALSA can't be made to work with Puppy on a Gateway Solo 2150, for whatever reason. Rather than bang our head on that wall, we can note that...

* Sound works out of the box on said Gateway with the latest Damn Small Linux (4.4.10).

* lsmod shows me the es1371 kernel module loading, and gxine's prefs show me that it's using OSS, so I'm thinking Damn Small is using OSS instead of ALSA.

And here's where I hit the first of many snags.

- How do we get the OSS modules loading instead of ALSA?

- In Puppy, I went to Menu -->System-->BootManager configure bootup. Looking in the blacklisted modules, there is es1371, our OSS driver (amirite?). I removed it from the blacklist, and in the prefer-over part, added the line es1371:snd-1371

- Edited /etc/modules.conf, remove the snd-ens1371 lines generated by alsaconf, replace with:
alias sound-slot-0 es1371
alias snd-card-0 es1371

- I reboot, go into gxine -->prefs-->audio, set to OSS, play something (in this case, usr/share/sounds/2barks.au). Nothing.

What am I missing? What is working in DSL that isn't here?
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micah1_8

Joined: 09 May 2008
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Aug 2009, 22:25    Post subject:  

Still no solution?
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MikeMT

Joined: 01 Apr 2006
Posts: 87

PostPosted: Sat 21 Aug 2010, 13:46    Post subject:  

As the starter of this, I must bump this with a message of how I acquired sound on this Solo.
I booted up Puppy Fat-Free 2.16.dillo. Behold this puppy barked. I was startled. So Posters with Solos try Fat-Free. I haven't tried a CD yet.
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