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Thursday, February 14th, 2008

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Linux on a HP Pavilion zv5255us
I have recently decided that I am sick of fucking around with Windows at all. So, I installed Ubuntu. Surprisingly, it actually worked better than Windows XP and many times better than Vista. My only problem is that I could not get my headphone jack to work. My speakers worked under the ALSA drivers that Ubuntu 7.10 installs, but the headphone jack gives me nothing, and I use that every day while I'm at work. No one at my job would enjoy listening to Baroque era opera. I think they would rather have a root canal. I have a HP Pavilion zv5000, with the actual serial number being zv5255us.

That all being said, I am a newbie on Linux and Ubuntu. When I say 'newbie', I mean I've used it for two days. Before that, barely heard of it. Everything works on my laptop except for my headphone jack. Below is the specs of my laptop from hp.com. Any help would be appreciated. And if anything is posted, please try to keep my ignorance in mind? Please? I know nothing of Linux, except for the fact that it's free and I somehow got everything working except the headphone jack.

US Product number - PF146UA#ABA
Microprocessor - AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+* with PowerNow! Technology
Microprocessor cache - 1 MB L2 Cache
Memory - 512 MB DDR SDRAM (2 x 256 MB) at 333 MHz
Memory max - 1280 MB DDR SDRAM (1 x 256 MB, 1 x 1024 MB)
Video graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
Video memory - 64 MB DDR (dedicated)
Hard drive - 60 GB (4200 RPM) hard drive
Diskette drive - External USB floppy drive available for customers via hpshopping.com or local retailers; $25 off purchase price for US customers only (before taxes, shipping & handling) reimbursed via HP mail-in rebate.
Multimedia drive - DVD+R/RW and CD-RW Combo Drive
Display - 15.4-inch WXGA High-Definition Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display
Fax/modem - Integrated v.90/v.92 56 KB modem (RJ-11 connector)
Network card - Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless connectivity - 54g 802.11b/g WLAN with 125HSM/SpeedBooster support
Sound**********************16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio; internal Harman/Kardon speakers; AC audio link; volume control button and mute button
Keyboard - 101-key compatible
Pointing device - Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad
PC card slots

* 1 Type I/II 32-bit card bus (also supports 16-bit)

External ports

* 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
* 1 Parallel SPP/ECP standard interface
* 1 headphone-out
* 1 microphone-in
* 1 VGA (15-pin)
* 1 TV-Out (S-video)
* 1 RJ-11 (modem)
* 1 RJ-45 (LAN)
* 1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
* 1 notebook expansion port

Dimensions 11.18 inches (L)(w/out hinge) to 11.59 inches (L)(w/hinge) x 14.25 inches (W) x 1.8 inches (H)
Weight 7.9 lbs

* Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
* Power-on password
* Accepts third-party security lock devices


* 120W AC adapter
* 8-Cell Lithium-Ion battery

I was wondering if it was the ALSA drivers in and of themselves, because I can press the buttons on the front of the laptop all I want, and it doesn't do anything, but if I change the volume inside of the Rhapsody Multimedia player (I think that's what it's called, but I could be wrong) that comes in Ubuntu, I can change the volume and what not. That doesn't really bother me at all, except that the headphone jack doesn't work.

Please help me and forgive my ignorance.
Slax Is Back... Almost
Slax Is Not Dead!

I was worried that Tomas, the guy behind Slax, was going to permanently stop working on the Slax LiveCD distribution. For a while there was a blog instead of the normal download page. But it looks like he has re-designed the web page and that there will be future releases of Slax. To be honest, I liked the Old Slax page better, but I'm not complaining! The important thing is that I don't want Slax to die out. Right now it doesn't look like it's possible to download Slax from the redesigned page. Also, there appears to be only one release (standard Slax) whereas before there were several different versions: standard release, "kill bill" release, server release, frodo release, etc. The modules page isn't up either, so I'm guessing that this page has only been up for a few days. The page doesn't even tell you what version number you're supposed to be downloading--I assume it will be Slax 6.

Still, I'm glad to see that the Slax project appears to be alive. While I was impressed with the Kubuntu distro that I tried out, I still prefer Slax for its small size and modularity. Kubuntu is maxed out on a 700MB CD, but with Slax I can get the basic OS, KDE, and all of the X and KDE applications I use on a LiveCD maxing out at around 480 MB. It's small, fast, efficient, and stable. Best of all, IMHO, is that Slax makes it incredibly easy to build your own custom LiveCDs with the packages that you want.

Are there any other Slax fans here? I hope I'm not the only one!

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