Gentoo Archives: gentoo-desktop

From: Donnie Berkholz <spyderous@g.o>
To: gentoo-desktop@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-desktop] What "just works" and what doesn't?
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2004 21:18:21
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-desktop] What "just works" and what doesn't? by "Mike C. Fletcher"
On Wed, 2004-10-06 at 12:55, Mike C. Fletcher wrote:
> 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.
Perhaps you should file a bug with us at and we can either look into it or send it upstream to the ALSA folks.
> 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.
The Direct Rendering Guide is designed to fix this. If there are problems with it, please do file bugs. (I know it's out of date at the moment, I'm updating it soon.)
> * 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)).
This is the kind of thing for which it could be a good idea for us to provide sane, working defaults. A big reason distributors exist is to provide integration.
> * Eliminating the (right-ctrl)+shift "compose" keyboard shortcut in > the xorg "Microsoft" keyboard mapping (documented here a while ago).
Yeah, XKB is really obscure and mostly poorly documented anywhere one goes. We should check into that. Thanks, Mike! -- Donnie Berkholz Gentoo Linux -- gentoo-desktop@g.o mailing list


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[gentoo-desktop] Re: What "just works" and what doesn't? Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@×××.net>