Installation problem, 64 Studio 2.1

  • Daniel Foligie
Posted: Tue, 08/26/2008 - 22:41
Greetings all I'm trying to install 64 Studio 2.1 from DVD but I can't get past the first Debian bootup screen "Press F1 for help, or ENTER to boot" (no response from keyboard at all when I get to that point). I've got XP installed on the machine and everything works fine on that side (planning to set up dual-boot system). The DVD is from a reliable source, and the disk is spotless. Hardware details: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L Chipset: North Bridge: Intel® G31 Express Chipset South Bridge: Intel® ICH7 Memory: 2GB DDR2 RAM CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E4600, 2.4 GHz DVD/R drive: LG super multi If I've missed anything, further motherboard details available at http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=2693 Any ideas welcome. Thanks in advance Dan

Stuff

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sat, 09/06/2008 - 15:27
You can check out www.soundz.co.za - I bought from them before and the prices are good, and they deliver to your door. You should also go and visit Turnkey Music in Randburg. http://www.tuerkmusic.co.za/page.php?p_id=137 Cheers,

Thanks for the link,

  • Daniel Foligie
  • 08/14/08
  • Sat, 09/06/2008 - 04:07
Thanks for the link, Quentin. I'm investigating new soundcard options. I see you're also in SA. Go the Bokke! I get through to JHB quite often and wondered if you can recommend a place that has decent stock. I've heard of Marshall Music and I hope to go in there this morning. Any other places you can recommend in the area? I also get through to Centurion now and then. Greetings, Pablo. The version I'm using is 2.1 amd64. I ordered it on DVD from a local company, www.fosscds.co.za and I've no idea if it came bundled with any repositories etc. I don't have an internet connection set up within Linux as yet although I've got internet access via my Nokia phone, from within WinXP. I know the same thing is probably possible using the bundled Nokia software within Wine on Linux but I haven't had time to figure out how to set this up yet. Big downloads are also very expensive using my phone. I'm also on holiday for just over a week so I'll only get to follow up on what you recommend after 16 Sep. Thanks for the advice though, I'll check it out when I get back. Cheers guys, Dan

First steps

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Wed, 09/03/2008 - 20:34
Hi Dan, Sorry if I say some obvious things you already know. what version of 64studio, 32 or 64 bits? Type in the terminal: $uname -r and paste the result (select with the mouse and drop here with the middle button). When you install for the first time a Linux distro from a CD or DVD, it's good to upgrade it, i.e. get the latest packages from the oficial repositories. 64studio is based on Debian etch and the oficial repositories are the ones you can see uncommented (without a #) in /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/sources/sources.list.d/64studio.list. Also, you can see the enabled repositories in synaptic, in the settings menu. I expect they will be: deb http://apt.64studio.com/64studio/stable/ 64studio main deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ etch main contrib non-free deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main You can upgrade all the installed packages [EDIT: in synaptic by the Reload button and then ] "Marke all upgrades". This way you make sure you have the latest packages of the oficial 64studio 2.1 release. Then report again. Or report at the 64studio users mailing list, which is read by the administrators. As for the sound, do as suggested by Quentin, or you'll have Lance Amrstrong riding a crappy bike. In the meantime, try to get sound out of it before attempting to get jack up and running. Jack is not needed to drive your soundcard, but to get the best out of it and interconnect different ("jack-aware") applications. For the time being, make sure ALSA is OK with it. Sometimes the onboard audio cards don't work out of the box. Check alsamixer, search this and other forums (Linux, google, ubuntu, alsa itself...). By the way, in any case you'll need ALSA, not OSS, which is really old afaik. Rosegarden does not produce sound by itself. It needs something more. I use qsynth with a soundfont (and JACK) but there are other possibilities. More info at the rosegarden tutorial. Cheers Pablo

Sound

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 09/02/2008 - 20:59
I know it should be an acronym for High Definition Audio, but sadly it is not. You are much better off by disabling the offending on-board sound device (as I have right at the beginning) and get yourself a real sound card. Check the Greylist for advice... http://www.64studio.com/node/69 The dying apps thing is just a bit strange to me. I don't have that kind of troubles on my 64bit system. Could be that you need a more recent kernel to unlock the hidden potential of your system. Don't worry... new RT kernels are being tested by the newly formed Linux Audio Kernel tuning group as you read... Cheers,

Sound is nowhere to be heard

  • Daniel Foligie
  • 08/14/08
  • Tue, 09/02/2008 - 19:19
Greetings all I've managed to install 64studio 2.1 but I'm having a few hassles: 1. Some of the packages don't seem to work. I select them but there's no response (AbiWord plus a few others). I'm also getting some strange and random error messages popping up at startup (one of them says something about 64studio.xml could not be found). 2. I can't get any sound from anything (CD player included). It would be great to get Rosegarden up and running, but there's no sound there either (tried opening some of the demo files). I've gone through the "Jack Quickstart Guide" in the Tutorials section and tried setting up everything as suggested. In the "Setup - JACK Audio Connection Kit" box, I got a few possibilities from drop down menus: Input Device: hw:0 HDA Intel hw:0,0 ALC662 Analog --------------------- (default) Output Device: hw:0 HDA Intel hw:0,0 ALC662 Analog hw:0,1 ALC662 Digital --------------------- (default) I've tried all available options using ALSA as the driver. If I choose the oss driver, various Parameters get greyed out, and I only get the "ALC662 (DUPLEX)" option for both Input/Output Devices. I also tried setting Frames/period to 256 to allow for a higher latency value. According to the motherboard specs (from link in original post), the onboard audio specs are as follows: Audio 1. Realtek ALC662 codec 2. High Definition Audio 3. 2/4/5.1-channel 4. Support for S/PDIF Out 5. Support for CD In There is a remark at the bottom of the Specs list that says "Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website." Could this be the problem? Any ideas welcome. Dan

ps2 keyboard did the trick!

  • Daniel Foligie
  • 08/14/08
  • Wed, 08/27/2008 - 17:17
Thanks Quentin. I tried a ps2 keyboard and sure enough I managed to get past the first screen. Now it's time to do the installation... Cheers Dan

What keyboard?

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 08/27/2008 - 06:16
If it is a usb keyboard, you might need to change a setting in your BOIS to make it function in the installer. If you still have a problem, borrow a ps2 keyboard for the install, and everything should be fine after installation is completed.