Still need advice ALSA/Intel onboard s5520sc

Michael Whapples mwhapples at
Mon Mar 14 12:37:52 EDT 2011

I don't know whether it will help, but have you considered trying GRML Its based on debian unstable and is a great live 
CD. I probably wouldn't recommend using it installed to a hard disk, but 
it certainly can be used to install other distributions (eg. debian I 
believe is possible and I have certainly used it to install archlinux 
and I think I have heard of someone using it to install gentoo).

NOTE: If you try GRML, get the full CD sized image, do not use the small 
or medium versions as I think those do not contain all the speech stuff.

You asked about external sound cards, yes they will work with espeakup, 
the only possible problem may be if you have multiple sound cards 
working in the system, the problem being knowing which might be default 
(this can be overcome for an installed system but when booting from 
installer CDs it can be difficult to guess).

Michael Whapples
On -10/01/37 20:59, Liz Hare wrote:
> Hi, all,
> I'm still trying to figure out how to get Linux installed on this 
> machine with the crazy Intel 7.1 HD audio.
> I tried the Arch distribution
> TalkingArch-2010.05-netinstall_x86_64.iso
> and got a boot error in spite of trying to burn the CD slowly, and 
> trying it several times.
> Since I really wanted Debian
> (espeakup-squeeze-amd64.iso),
>  I tried borrowing eyeballs to just install Debian 6.0.0, but after a 
> few  menu selections I got an error that the speech synthesizer 
> couldn't be configured.
> Any suggestions on the best way to get this thing running so I can 
> actually get some work done on it? Is there any distribution with the 
> most recent ALSA drivers (1.0.24) and speech? If not, would I be 
> better off getting an external USB sound card-- are those supported 
> with espeakup?
> Thanks for any ideas,
> Liz
> Liz Hare PhD
> Dog Genetics LLC
> doggene at
> On 3/10/2011 4:29 PM, Christopher Brannon wrote:
>> Liz Hare<doggene at>  writes:
>>> Which version of ALSA did that distribution have? It's 1.0.21 in the
>>> version of Debian I'm trying to install.
>> Hi Liz,
>> The versions on my CD are as follows:
>> alsa-utils 1.0.23,
>> kernel 2.6.33.
>> These are old by ArchLinux standards.  It's time to make a new CD.  The
>> current versions in our repositories are:
>> alsa-utils- and kernel 2.6.37.
>> -- Chris
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