Writing this from Ubuntu 7.04…

This is the first time when I actually liked the Linux experience almost right out the box. The machine is HP Compaq dx2200 with 3.06GHz P4 and 1GB RAM, some of which is used for video buffer. I had to download and install the ATI video driver and add a line to a configuration file to get the audio to work, but the troubleshooting information was easy to find and the fixes easy to apply. Everything else is nice and clean, I was able to browse shares on a Windows 2003 server, browse the Web etc., so far I am very pleased. If you are interested, head over to Get Ubuntu page.

To get audio to work, edit the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file and add

options snd-hda-intel model=3stack

to the end of it. To edit the file, launch Terminal and type

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

The internal speaker will not work but external speakers and headphones will.

The driver for Radeon Xpress 200 is provided by a “restricted” package xorg-driver-fglrx. You can download and install it as follows:

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx

More information available here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI

4 thoughts on “Writing this from Ubuntu 7.04…”

  1. hi,
    i also have a dx2200, and i cant get the sound to work. not with your solution, and not with the one described on the ubuntu forum. now I installed alsa-driver-1.0.15rc2.

    And what should the Radeon Xpress 200 do what i didnt have already?

  2. Hi there,

    ATI’s driver will support 3D acceleration, I assume, although I did not really have a chance to test it.

    As to the sound problem, in my case it was just that simple change, nothing else. I could not get the internal speaker to work but the headphones and line out appear to be fine. Did you check mixer settings to make sure volume levels are nonzero?

  3. Yes. I have my hope set on Gutsy Gibbon comming out soon. Now I’ve installed only Alsa-USB audio, but the line-in also doesn’t work there.

    Im not gonna risk fidling with the 3d stuff, Im not missing it in my office set up.

  4. I’ve actually tried the latest release candidate of Gutsy in a virtual machine and it looks great. I probably won’t have time to fiddle with it until it comes out.

    Sorry to hear about your continued sound trouble. I’m of not much help here as I’m still learning the ropes.

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