Still need advice ALSA/Intel onboard s5520sc

Liz Hare doggene at
Mon Mar 14 14:56:38 EDT 2011

Thanks for all the great advice Michael.

> I don't know whether it will help, but have you considered trying GRML

This is a great idea-- it has alsa 1.0.23 so at least I can see if that 
one works with my sound card. I'm downloading it now.

Can anyone suggest any resources to tell me how to use GRML to install 
another distribution? I've only installed Linux from installation CDs, 
so I wouldn't be sure how to proceed.

> You asked about external sound cards, yes they will work with espeakup,

Does anyone know if there is a list anywhere of models that have been 

> 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).

I'm thinking I could probably use another console (would have to get 
sighted assistance) to find out and possibly change the default?

Liz, still really appreciating the help from everybody on this list.

> 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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