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Compaq Armada 7400 sound
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Jun 2008, 08:57    Post_subject:  Compaq Armada 7400 sound
Sub_title: Was a bit of a mission, but now works

I rescued this good quality but battered laptop from the dump. It has a mobile Pentium 2 366Mhz processor and 64MB ram, but the hard drive was making an awful racket. It gave up, so I fitted a CF-IDE adaptor and a compact flash card. £10 for a working laptop that runs faster than it did when it was new isn't bad. Cool

Getting the sound to work in Puppy 4.0 was a nightmare. The Alsa wizard didn't work and I couldn't find a reference to it on the forum, so I tried to look in the BIOS. After dozens of reboots and every key combination I could think of I had to give up.

It seems the BIOS setup is on a partition on the hard disk. I went to the compaq website, and found I could download a floppy image of the BIOS setup, unfortunately my laptop has no floppy drive. B***er. Sad
Luckily, there was a white paper on installing Linux on this laptop, which says the Armada used a ESS1879 sound chip and what its default setup values were.
I added


to my /boot/grub/menu.lst
then I added

modprobe snd_es18xx isapnp=0 port=0x220 mpu_port=0x330 dma1=1 irq=5

to /etc/rc.d/rc.local
After a reboot, I had sound!

(MODS - sorry if I posted this in the wrong place, feel free to move it)
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PostPosted: Sat 29 Nov 2008, 04:51    Post_subject:  


I installed a new hard drive to my Compaq Armada 7400 laptop


Couldnt get the sound to work with the sound wizard, only got loud bleeps from the function key + audio volume button (F5).

Followed the instructions here, works great! Thanks alot I really appreciate this.

Maybe this should be added to some sort of list concerning audio issues and this bump may help it get that attention.

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