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vk2zrm

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 04:58    Post subject:  ESS Sound card Issues
Subject description: ES1978 sound card on older Toshiba lapyop won't load driver on next boot
 

Hi All,
I am new to Linux but not new to computers. I consider myself reasonably computer literate, but certainly not Linux literate.
I have been experimenting with Puppy for the past few days and have Puppy running on an older Toshiba laptop Portege 7200.
It was taking 7 minutes (yes 7 minutes) to boot to XP.
It now takes 70 seconds to boot to Puppy. Performance is very acceptable and wireless networking via Linksys PCMCIA works well.
I have a problem with the ES1978 sound card. It loads and works perfectly with the ALSA wizard, but does not reload on the next boot.
I have read the various posts in this forum and have attempted to modify the suggested etc/rc.d files to ensure the ESS driver is loaded at next boot, but cannot modify the files as they are "read only".
Tried changing the properties but was denied access.
Can anyone help?
I did say I am new to Linux and Puppy.
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 18:40    Post subject: Re: ESS Sound card Issues
Subject description: ES1978 sound card on older Toshiba lapyop won't load driver on next boot
 

Hmmm .....

vk2zrm wrote:
..... but cannot modify the files as they are "read only". .....


Have you created a save file ?

Rgds
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 19:00    Post subject:  

Thanks for the reply.
You were a bit cryptic (I did say I was new to Linux).
What are you suggesting regarding a "save File"?
Perhaps you are suggesting that I save the modified file with another name, then rename the original file and rename the modified file the same as the original file?
Bob VK2ZRM
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 19:28    Post subject:  

Hmmm .....

Right, did you install puppy on your harddisk (full hdd install), into a folder (frugal install) or you ran as liveCD ? Except for full hdd install, running as frugal or liveCD requires a pup save file to be created for saving settings etc ... This (pup save file) can be done right before a shut-down/reboot.

The adjustments/changes that you need to do will be saved in the pup save file. A small save file (ie. 64MB - 128MB) is sufficient for experimentation. A bigger save file is recommended for day-to-day running.

Rgds
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 20:39    Post subject:  

Thanks again for your reply. I see it now.
I should have been more specific.
Yes I have done a full frugal instal to hard disk, and yes there is "save" files, Pup_421 and Pup_save files on the hard disk.
The problem I am having with the ESS 1978 sound card is a well known one and there are several "fixes" suggested in the forum.
My problem is that the fixes require files to be edited which I cannot do as the files are "read only" and I have not been able to unlock them to edit them.
Dumb I know, but am hoping for some advice on this specific issue.

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Bob VK2ZRM
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 21:02    Post subject:  

Ah! Success!
I was trying to edit the wrong file.
When I edited the correct file - pup_save /etc/rc.d/local with the following line:
/etc/rc.d/rc.alsa start
the sound driver is now loaded at boot time and sound works.
thanks every body!
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Bob VK2ZRM
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 21:04    Post subject:  

Hmmm .....

Finally .....

Kindly edit the title to Solved ...

Rgds
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 21:11    Post subject: ESS Sound Card Problem Solved
Subject description: Found solution in this subject forum
 

Problem solved
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