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Microphone on compaq 2133

by on Jul.09, 2008, under Compaq 2133, Computing

Well I know I said I would update this yesterday after I install the latest alsa release candidate but I become really busy trying to fix an wireless connection between a linksys wga54g and a netgear WGX102. I am yet to fully fix the issues regarding the connectivity issues but that should be fixed tonight. I have the microphones working but not without issues. The main issue I had was that I did not have the patch utility install so I grab that with apt-get and then all seemed well. I would like to say cheers to ed for his help in my time of need. The microphones are working but require a bit of tweaking once this is done I shall post my settings to share the information.

caio for now

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I should soon be wired for sound

by on Jul.07, 2008, under Compaq 2133, Computing

On my wonderful HP Compaq 2133 laptop the issue still lies where the sound card is not recognised properly which mean on microphone and a nasty bug with the inputting of a set of headphones in to it’s jack would not result in the speakers muting. Now it wasn’t really an issue for me as such as I didn’t really use the headphone socket or have needed to use the microphones on it. Now thanks to the developers at the alsa-project and the people using ubuntu and contributing to the forum this issue seems to have now been fixed well at least until the next kernel update. To get this sound card working the way it should go the alsa project download page http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Download, download the alsa-driver-1.0.17rc3 and follow the instructions on this ubuntu support forum topic http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=749693&page=14. Now although I haven’t tested this to see it work I am very confident as I have done all of the other instructions and got the wireless card working the graphics working better than just using the standard system. I shall be trying the instruction out tonight and shall let you know how it goes.
Also since I last posted I manage to kill an ipod nano 3rd generation by performing a simple firmware update. The ipod was just showing the apple logo. Now this happened at 22:30 one night and whilst trying to fix it the time got later and later until around 00:30 I decided to give up for the night. I then proceeded to fix it the next day but following the instructions from this article I found the night before and didn’t read properly http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1399?viewlocale=en_US. Now if I had bothered to read this properly that night I would have had it fixed within 20 minutes instead of wasting at least 2 hours. I always forget to read all the instructions before attempting to repair anything.

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A good week

by on May.22, 2008, under Compaq 2133, Magic: The Gathering

Apart from getting my Compaq 2133 and getting rid of SLED 10 sp1 for ubuntu I also received my half a booster box of shadowmoor cards. My Plan is to over the next week create a page on here which has a list of all the shadowmoor card I currently own then with the new releases of sets it will be amended to have them on and maybe I will put the old cards I currently own on there as well but that could be a job and a half.

Updates with the Compaq 2133

Since I have put ubuntu 8.04 on there it has become a dream machine the things I still have to do on it to get it prefect are:

  1. Move from forcevisa drivers to openchrome
  2. Once the microphone drivers have been sorted out install them
  3. Make it so I can use my W960i to connect my laptop to the Internet

After that I shall have a kick arse machine which is fix for what I want it to do.

I would like to thank the ubuntu community for the forum in my last post as it has helped make this machine usable.

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More on the HP Compaq 2133

by on May.16, 2008, under Compaq 2133, Computing

Well I have had this sub notebook for almost a week now and I must say that the device is great but shame about the OS variant choice. I have spent sometime today installing a different variant. This laptop comes with SUSe preinstalled and for a play it was great but when I wanted to install pidgin so I could chat with my friends on a more up-to-date client. well no rpms on the web or in the SUSe YaST repositories so I downloaded the source. It has been many years since I have had to download source and compile the program I want to use and boy was it painful. No gcc installed and then when I find cpp that would create executables files so off to find gcc, I managed that on the SUSe repositories for SLED 10 SP1 but as I installed that is removed x-org server. So that how my laptop stayed for ast night while a download and burnt the latest .iso of ubuntu 8.04. I connected a USB CDROM and inserted the CD and bang I now have a linux laptop again with working bluetooth and pidgin installed by default unlike the SUSe installation. So now I can see what the laptop can really do. If anyone else wants to install ubuntu on this model of laptop I suggest read this forum topic as it has lots of helpful pointers http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=749693&page=1

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