[linux-audio-user] my live CD dilemma

Joost Yervante Damad joost at lumatec.be
Tue Apr 27 14:02:26 EDT 2004

'Paul Winkler' wrote about 'Re: [linux-audio-user] my live CD dilemma' - Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 06:59:31PM CEST
> 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 :-\

My Dell CPI400 uses also the Neomagic driver and it has the very same
behaviour, although for me the % to have a lockup feels more like 25%.
This was both for the OSS driver and later the ALSA driver.
I could add to that that even in the time I still used
windows 2000 on it (3 years ago) it locked up on audio in
windows also occationally, soo maybe it's a hardware issue.

Greetings, Joost

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