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Donnie Berkholz wrote:
>On the other side, what is really hard to configure? Where can we
>improve how we set things up when programs are emerged?
Don't know that this is really something that can be fixed, but it took
me quite a long while to track down the cause, and it certainly made for
a rather poor setup experience.
I'm running an nForce III AMD64 machine, and it turns out that the
particular on-board sound-card for this machine has a number of "IEC
958" channels which, when un-muted *disable* (normal, analogue) sound
output. That is, it is necessary to *mute* them in alsamixer in order
to produce any output. Since someone who's trying to get sound working
is generally not going to *mute* a channel, there's nothing in the
interface to tell you how to solve the problem.
Card: NVidia nForce3
Chip: C-Media Electronics CMI9739
Item: IEC958 Capture Valid [Off]
I realise that muting particular channels for ALSA is not likely
something that can be addressed in an ebuild, but since you asked.
Other things that take quite a bit of work (still working on some of
them, for that matter) include:
* Trying to get a Radeon 7500 video card setup to render via DRI in
xorg took at least 5 or 6 iterations of compiling kernels,
modifying xorg.conf, rebooting etceteras.
* Setting up a Wacom Graphire USB tablet so that it doesn't "stick"
a few pixels from the edge of the screen (unsolved as of yet).
* Setting up Mozilla Thunderbird to launch Mozilla Firefox on
clicking a link in an email (I had to both create a shell script
and manually edit prefs.js to get this working (once I found the
instructions on how to do it)).
* Eliminating the (right-ctrl)+shift "compose" keyboard shortcut in
the xorg "Microsoft" keyboard mapping (documented here a while ago).
Mike C. Fletcher
Designer, VR Plumber, Coder
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