Fixing my Macbook pro’s Sound

I’m running OpenSUSE 10.3 on my macbook pro that I picked up last semester. I had some problems getting my audio working for one reason or another, but finally got it. The easiest way I found was to grab the next release of alsa. By default opensuse 10.3 ships with version 1.0.14. Updating it to alsa 1.0.15 did the trick.

No guarantee that this will work, just that it did for me.

Some Details:

lspci output
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)

82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller

My new current driver:
rpm -qa alsa

Here is the 1-click to add the repo and install the latest alsa.

1 Click alsa

Big Thanks to James Ogley, Now that I have a fish I just need to learn to fish 🙂


A Great Loss

I’ll leave the details to the link I’ll provide, but The President, Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passed away this evening at the age of 97.  He was a remarkable person.  Here is the link.


Linux Journal 2008 Readers’ Choice Survey

It’s that time of the year when you need to get over to Linux Journal’s 2008 Readers’ Choice survey.  So if your favorite distro isn’t opensuse, well just leave that question blank. 😛


OpenSuSE 11 Alpha 1 Screen Shots

Well another alpha release is out and I’m behind on getting my screen shots out.  This time I’m ahead of last time.  There have already been a few articles out there already about this release with plenty of screen shots and will include links to them.  This way you get twice as much.  For those that don’t want to click on the links, I’ve setup a page with all of the screen shots.

To start this off, as many of you probably know already, there is a new looking installer (Though my favorite part comes at the end).  They have combined a few things onto one page which is really nice.  We didn’t need 5 pages to get 5 small details.  Ok…  In this example its 3 items in one, but still.

This is the first screen.  And there you have it, the new looking installer.

Screen 1

Screen 2 and Screen 3

of the installer is checking the hardware and setting up the repositories.  In a way this is nice because it just takes care of it for you.  These moved fast for me.  Note:  I didn’t have an internet connection so I don’t know if the outcome would have changed or not.

Screen 4

The usual, what would you like me to install, upgrade, repair, and addons.

Screen 5 and Screen 6

This is the new  time zone selector.  Its much nicer.  I can now just click on what I want to go to.  So the first one is the whole world and the second is my time zone.

Screen 7  Screen 8  Screen 9  Screen 10

These are the option selection and partitioning pages.  Mostly just to show off the new installer.

Screen 11  Screen 12  Screen 13

Installing packages

Screen 14  Screen 15  Screen 16

Root, Host Name, apply settings pages.  Nothing too exciting here.

Screen 17  Screen 18  Screen 19

Network Settings and Applying them.  Notice in the top left that you can op to skip these settings.  This is a great feature in my option.  Sometime I just don’t want to worry about these settings for right now.  Though this isn’t very often.

Screen 20  Screen 21  Screen 24

Pick your auth type.  I didn’t notice the windows auth this time though.  I am using the gnome install CD, but don’t know if that should change things.  Also adding a user.  Other than the spacing being off a little, nothing really new that I noticed.  Note Screen 24 though, new or not.  I’ve never noticed that it tells you that the caps lock is on before.  Great to have that change.  Sometimes I notice that the texts changes before I realize that I have the caps on.

Screen 22

Release notes, nothing new

Screen 23

It’s Alive.  Or at least grub comes up.  Note that for me the first boot after stage 2 thought my install failed at some point.  I didn’t see the monitor, graphics, and some other hardware configs.  They could be missing.

Now for my favorite part other than the new installer.  This makes my day.  I don’t think anything annoyed me more than the stupid, stupid, unusable, waste of time gtk software selector.  Luckily they have made a big change to it.  THANK YOU!!!

PackageSelector 1

PackageSelector 2

PackageSelector 3

PackageSelector 4

SO MUCH BETTER!  It might now work a 100%, but at least I don’t hate it just by looking at it.

So thank you opensuse and community for another alpha release.  If only I could find time to mess with this!

Some links of interest with alpha 1



Weak Internet Explorer, you should be ashamed

Sadly, my wifes computer has to have windows on it.  However, it has tons of open source software.  This way eventually I can ripe Windows out and replace it with something useful like Linux :).  Now that we got the disclaimer out of the way…

I was using Internet Explorer to check something and came across an interesting limitation.  Only a picture can describe this one.

Sorry, too big

 As it states at the bottom…  Don’t mind if I do 🙂

Trying to download it anyways just causes a melt down.


Indonesia and Small world

I can honestly say that I would have never guessed that a website in Indonesia would have ever linked to one of my posts.  I have google analytics running on my website and noticed a hugh spike in hits for Indonesia (watch out german, your about to bumped to third if the hits keep coming).  So in an attempt to figure out what was going on I track it back to an OpenSuSE Indonesian website.  I thought this was pretty cool.  I also noticed that on their blogroll list was my friend Scott’s website OpenSuSE Linux Rants.  I’ll have to let him know about this, unless he reads or (Utah Open Source Bloggers).  Anyways, time to head to bed and see if my head is going to fit through the door. 🙂


OpenSuSE 11 Alpha 0 Screenshots

Ok.  Sorry it took so long to get these out.  Hopefully it won’t take this long for alpha 1.  I really only have screenshots for the install of the gnome cd since for one reason or another the display stuff wasn’t working very well with vmware.  So, without too much talking here are the screenshots.

The first one is the License Agreement (Proof of version)

Next is the Install Mode. A little change here, but that’s about it.

Nothing really new here, but the Install Settings.

The list of patterns on the gnome CD Software Selection.

In the Expert Partitioner I noticed something different.  I don’t know if I just have never noticed this before it or not, but its pretty cool anyways.

Installing the packages – Package Installation.

I’ve skipped a few screens at this point.  Mainly because it didn’t seem like anything had changed.

Up next are a couple from user authentication.  The various User Auth Method. And since I have a PDC provided by samba 🙂 I decided to try and join the domain during the install. Windows Domain Membership.  This didn’t seem to go over so well.  I’m can’t remember why, but this has worked in the past.  Not usually the option I took other than for curiosity sake.

Now for the proof of my X problems under vmware - VMWare Display Problem.  Maybe better luck next time.

There are a few things that I wish they would change.  The biggest would be a new installer.  I think its more out of “the old one is old and boring now” 🙂

Though there is a section on called Pimp My Installer that has a cool mockup.  So, if you feel like a new install is in order.  Get your ideas on that page.  If their not heard, their useless.


Bandwidth Upgrade

The other day I had my bandwidth upgraded.  I started out with 15/15 mbit speeds and well they handled everything I needed it to.  But the nerd/geek in me didn’t feel this way.  My awesome and amazing ISP Xmission started offering highly speeds as if 15/15 mb wasn’t enough.  As is I’m paying $50 a month.  $40 for the connection and $10 for a subnet of 16 public IP addresses.  Yeah the ip address are more because I can than anything else (I do use enough to not move back to a subnet of 8).  So, back to my bandwidth.  I’m now paying an extra $10 now $60 a month.  My new bandwidth is 50/50 mb.  For those that don’t believe I have a picture.

Speed Test