[linux-audio-user] my live CD dilemma

Paul Winkler pw_lists at slinkp.com
Tue Apr 27 12:59:31 EDT 2004

On Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 11:33:03AM -0400, Dave Phillips wrote:
> Greetings:
>  Last night I tried running the latest Dynebolic and AGNULA live discs 
> from my laptop and from Ivy's desktop machine. Both failed due to 
> different reasons. The desktop machine's CD-ROM drive is old, and I kept 
> getting looped in a 'bad read' error. The laptop is not so stable these 
> days, but both distros failed at the same point: they recognize the A/V 
> chipset (a NeoMagic NM256 piece o' crap) and stall there. I'll have the 
> laptop with me in Karlsruhe, maybe one of the gurus can help me with it 
> then ?

I have the cursed Neomagic 256 AV in my old Dell CPI-A.
I found that with Alsa, the system had a roughly 60% chance
of total lockup when loading the driver.

I had some back-and-forth email with Takashi which resulted
in some patches that made the driver less likely to freeze the
system, and at one point it was down to maybe a 10% chance of lockup.
But later releases of ALSA made it much worse again.
Eventually I gave up... I don't run audio on that laptop anymore :-(

On the random occasions that it managed to load, the driver worked fine :-\


Paul Winkler
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