XP to Vista - No sound (yep, AC97)

By edgeoftraction ·
All the basic steps have been taken, including reloading the AC97 driver (only XP compatible) from mfg site. Hardware shows good in DM, and M$ FixIt utility shows all is well with the config. The computer - Gateway 4026GZ laptop, which -you guessed it- is designed for the XP OS. It exceeds the min. requirements for Vista, and all else with the Vista install is fine. I experienced the same when installing Ubuntu 9.04LTS 2 OS installs ago. The solution, like Bigfoot, is elusive and not likely to exist. Does anyone have a success story with this issue?

Whomever steps forward to develop a working AC97 driver for the Vista OS (bonus points for Ubuntu), will no doubt be hailed a hero by the masses experiencing the same problem.

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Still silent

by edgeoftraction In reply to does this help?

That was one I hadn't previously tried. I installed the new driver, but to no avail. I also disconnected/reconnected audio device in DM and delete/reinstall driver software (restarts after changes). Still nothing.

Admittedly, this machine is not the ideal platform for Vista.

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Im going for the bonus....

by ---TK--- In reply to XP to Vista - No sound (y ...

This might be more complicated than I thought, seeing that it is a known issue. But ill give the walk through a shot.

In ubuntu:
Run in CLI #lspci
it should print out: Intel 82801DB-ICH4 sound card / modem (some where in the long list)

if so proceed on...

mkdir src cd src

mkdir alsa

cd alsa

udo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

tar xvjf alsa-driver-1.0.12rc2.tar.bz2

cd alsa-driver-1.0.12rc1

sudo ./configure --with-kernel=/usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r) --with-cards=<enter driver name here e.g. via82xx> --with-oss=yes

sudo make

sudo make install

Taken from: after a long search on the net... There is also a package close to Envy that will search for the correct driver for you... I will update this later when I find the package.

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by edgeoftraction In reply to Im going for the bonus... ...

If I can't fix Vista, I will install Ubuntu and try your recommendation. Which Ubuntu distribution do you think is best? My desktop is running 9.04LTS (Hardy), and it works flawlessly, even with all the compiz goodies.

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Im a fan...

by ---TK--- In reply to Thanks!

Ubuntu 9.04, i use on my Laptop that gives the white screen of death to just about every other Linux distro. And I use it on an old socket A CPU as my SSH/proxy/webserver.

lol, I am a fan of that distro to say the least... But I always say... Use what works best for you!

Compiz seriously is a fun toy! LOL, that always gets installed :)

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by ---TK--- In reply to Thanks!

if you need more ideas on how to get it to work ... I just googled "4026GZ sound ubuntu" and followed the rabbit hole. Takes a bit of searching but there are more links :)

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The application...

by ---TK--- In reply to Im going for the bonus... ...

in add/remove applications > "Show all open source applications > type envy.

the actual program is called envy24 control, from the way it looks it will do all of the previous post for you. Best of luck!

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