VIA KT8266A + VIA VT8233A w/ AC97 sound
I have used four Linux distributions in the past. SuSe, Red Hat, Mandrake
and Debian (Woody). I have recently built a new machine and first
attempted Red Hat 7.3 on the machine, because I have found that out of the
box its ipchains rules form a good foundation to write additional rules on,
and its support out of the box for CD-RW and sound have been nice. My
choice of distro most often has to do with who will be using the system and
for what purpose more than anything. I prefer Debian on my
development/server machines, but Red Hat on machines built for other users
for desktops. This was going to be a desktop used primarily by my wife.
However, Red Hat's update to the kernel for this chipset with an Athlon
processor introduces a ton of errors with UDMA, and major data corruption,
plus it is the first sound chip I have not had supported by Red Hat out of
the box of the few I have tried.
This machine is built on top of the remains of a machine that was 233 mhz
Debian machine. The reason I switched back to Red Hat was the wrangling I
had to go through to get sound supported for anybody besides root in the
This leads to my questions:
1 - Does anybody know from definitive experience the status of support for
the Via VT8233A southbridge in Debian kernels?
2 - Does anybody have a good walkthrough for getting sound working, well,
with the on board sound? In this case the board is a MSI K7T266-Pro 2A