A few months ago I introduced someone to ArchLinux on the #linuxoutlaws channel they arean avid fan of XFCE alongwith Fab, one of the Linuxoutlaws presenters, so I thought I’d have a go at doing a fresh install of Arch withXFCE on a spare 60GB HDD I had gathering dust in a box.
I’m fairly confident with this distribution these days so everythingwent pretty smooth except for sound. Ihad a speaker icon in the panel, I turned the volume right up, I checked thatit was not muted but still no sound?
Next I did lspci yep it sees my card lsmod yep it’s loadedthe modules what’s wrong? Sound works on my Laptop! Everything I’ve everinstalled has worked openSUSE,Fedora, Linux Mint, Ubuntu and ArchLinux. While it wassat on my desk merrily doing nothing I noticed the little wheel on the front ofmy Toshiba Tecra M2 spun that up to full then tried a sound file again, heypresto the “Borealis” sound theme burst into life.
The moral is: Don’t dive into a terminal every time you think you have a problem.
I wanted to update my Nokia N810 at home this weekend dunno why I suppose its one of those things you just do. Anyway I plugged in the USB cable pressed the swap button and powered on, up came the little USB logo which should me youre good to go.
On to the PC and started the Nokia update software, Cannot find device huh? Unplug the USB cable and the Nokias Maemo software boots now heres the interesting bit plug the cable back in and the PC sees it?
I must have tried six or seven times but gave up so I brought all the cables and stuff to work, downloaded the updater software, installed on my works PC plugged in the cable pressed the swap key and the power key. USB logo, start the updater software Bingo! Worked first time so whats all that about then?
The only thing I can think is that something on my machine at home is blocking the N810 the only downside now is I have to re-install all the applications that the update nukes! Of course I had a backup but thats just for settings ect I dont believe it backs up the actual applications.