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Sound and Video Problems still with my T3985 Desktop PC

Okay, it has been over a week since I had time to work on this.  Please accept my apologies, but I've been busy.  The previous title was:

Re: [Fwd: Re: Sound problem:  apparently I don't have the alsa modules       up yet after all

among others.

I'm going to systematically recapitulate for myself, and sharing, the settings
I have achieved so far for sound (the video problem is one of blurring digits,
and I'll get to that later if I have time).

joehill:~# lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
0000:00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82865G Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Bridge (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) Ultra ATA 100 Storage Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801EB (ICH5) Serial ATA 150 Storage Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
0000:01:02.0 Communication controller: Conexant: Unknown device 2f20
0000:01:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82562EZ 10/100 Ethernet Controller (rev 02)
joehill:~# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
snd-intel8x0           19584   1
snd-ac97-codec         59576   0  [snd-intel8x0]
snd-pcm-oss            38176   0
snd-mixer-oss          13432   1  [snd-pcm-oss]
snd-pcm                59272   0  [snd-intel8x0 snd-ac97-codec snd-pcm-oss]
snd-timer              14148   0  [snd-pcm]
snd                    34276   0  [snd-intel8x0 snd-ac97-codec snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm snd-timer]
soundcore               3940   4  [snd]
snd-page-alloc          4936   0  [snd-intel8x0 snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm snd-timer snd]
input                   3648   0  (autoclean)
i830                   68476   1
agpgart                46244  10  (autoclean)
apm                     9964   0  (autoclean)
parport_pc             23880   1  (autoclean)
lp                      6724   0  (autoclean)
parport                26504   1  (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
af_packet              13000   1  (autoclean)
usb-storage            65088   0  (unused)
e100                   50036   1
ehci-hcd               18412   0  (unused)
usb-uhci               23344   0  (unused)
usbcore                62924   1  [usb-storage ehci-hcd usb-uhci]
sd_mod                 11756   0  (unused)
scsi_mod               95108   2  [usb-storage sd_mod]
ide-cd                 31296   0
cdrom                  29828   0  [ide-cd]
rtc                     6440   0  (autoclean)
ext3                   81068   5  (autoclean)
jbd                    42468   5  (autoclean) [ext3]
ide-detect               288   0  (autoclean) (unused)
piix                    9096   2  (autoclean)
ide-disk               16800   6  (autoclean)
ide-core              108568   6  (autoclean) [usb-storage ide-cd ide-detect piix ide-disk]
unix                   14960 218  (autoclean)

Okay, as before the symptom is I can play the songs on a Duke Ellington CD, but
the tracks show playing with no actual sound coming out.  The program I'm using
is CD Player under Multimedia under the Applications pulldown.  We determined
previously that no cables were obviously connected badly (I have a green sound
cable going into the appropriately labeled "line out" green plug in the back of
the machine, and you'll see by the specs on the net (
that the thing has on-board sound and the bios has this enabled (just checke
again).  My friend Bill Warner suggested these problems may happen from some kind
of conflict with the video driver, and that my problems might be best solved if
I install Sid (test) instead of sarge, but I'd like to have sarge going because
I want to use the system to help QA web stuff from my work.

Finally, I will review below as I go through my setup steps from this instruct-
ions page (http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Debian/alsa.html#sargestock) I immediately
see that I do not have an /etc/modules directory, so that must have changed in
mid-sarge, presumably.  I see the string "snd-intel8x0" in modules.conf.  The
file has all the stuff listed in step 3 of the above referenced instructions,
and it also has a bunch of stuff that says "oss" on it, like:

above sound-slot-0 snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-seq-oss
above sound-slot-7 snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss

and I wonder if I need to delete these or comment them out...?  

There is a whole mess of different discover files and directories in here too,
including a /etc/default/discover, /etc/init.d.discover, discover.d, and
discover.conf.d, and discover-v1.conf, and discover.conf-2.6 and 
discover-modprobe.conf.  I wonder if I just deleted all those things if it
might somehow improve the state of politics in the world.

Anyhow, if anybody out there could get me a little further with this additional
information, I'd sure appeciate it.  I'd like to know I can really use this
machine before the takeback time (next Friday is the last day) comes due.

Sincerely, Xeno Campanoli

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