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sajinsj
Posts: 64
Registered: ‎08-08-2008
Location: Kerala
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Ubuntu 9.04 solves everything..

Hai... Guys i'm back after a long time of experimentation with linux. I have 'opted' for the no nonsense Ubuntu 9.04. It solved most of my problems, now it is my primary OS. I suggest all of you should use Ubuntu 9.04 or soon Ubuntu 9.10. Every media now works fine in my laptop. Sound, webcam, even, the media control-keys(except the equaliser key) works fine. I'm now fully satisfied with Ubuntu as my linux OS. No its not my linux OS, its my primary OS, and i have Windows Vista too installed, but i don't use it much now. Ubuntu offers me everything, so why use the unsafe, pirated Windows....

 

Y410-160GB HDD,T5550,2GB RAM
Ubuntu 9.04 -Gnome, Win Vista(not used much) :smileyhappy: Ubuntu rocks...:smileywink:
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ratdog
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎09-15-2009
Location: Cascadia
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

I recently installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Y550 and it's working pretty well.

Volume buttons work and the computer is fully functional except for the speakers being very quiet. 

I was very happy with the built in speaker system while using Vista, but now the sound is much quieter and I don't believe the subwoofer is working at all.  If anyone has any tips to get all of the speakers working, I'd love to hear them.

 

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Y550 - T5500 - 4G RAM - NVIDIA GT130M
Ubuntu 9.04
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sajinsj
Posts: 64
Registered: ‎08-08-2008
Location: Kerala
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

Hey buddy can you please post your specific Sound card details. Its good to include some hardware details in your signature too....

Y410-160GB HDD,T5550,2GB RAM
Ubuntu 9.04 -Gnome, Win Vista(not used much) :smileyhappy: Ubuntu rocks...:smileywink:
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ratdog
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎09-15-2009
Location: Cascadia
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

Under sound preferences my sound device is listed as HDA Intel ALC272.

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Y550 - T5500 - 4G RAM - NVIDIA GT130M
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soynog
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-02-2009
Location: Eugene, OR
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

I'm having similar [subwoofer] problem with my Lenovo y530. After doing a fresh ubuntu 9.04 install recently, I got my sound working satisfactorily by adding "options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo-ms7195-dig" to the bottom of my "/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf" file.

 

That got an "LTF" bar to show up in my sound mixer, and it controlled the subwoofer successfully for about ten minutes until I added a couple more options to the end of that file to get the headphones to work properly. Now I've removed those options, the headphones still work, and although the LTF bar is still there it doesn't appear to be controlling anything. Any ideas on how to get my subwoofer back?

 

My sound device is listed as HDA Inte - ALC888 Analog.

 

Thanks!

           --Nick

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soynog
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-02-2009
Location: Eugene, OR
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

Oh, and the website I got the original fix from was:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=687663&page=2

 

Hope you find it useful.

           --Nick

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soynog
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-02-2009
Location: Eugene, OR
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

Okay, so actually I find a posting I hadn't noticed before which solved my subwoofer problem:

 

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=989709

 

 

However, the subwoofer and center speaker channels don't mute automatically when I plug in my headphones. So there's still that. Sorry to post so much.

        --Nick

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vineyardtechie
Posts: 28
Registered: ‎11-24-2008
Location: usa
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

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My SL-500 2746- CTO runs

 

Mandriva 2010.

 

Bluetooth mouse did not work, I tried & tried.

Can I live with a USB mouse?

U guessed right.

Proceed.

 

Sound for DVD did not work until I set preference in the

multimedia t "control panel" "backend" tab,

was an easy download/update Program.

You just have to download & install (auto, no dos type

hacking) Xine, which is found thru "search" in the "all" Programs download.

 

OK, otherwise I am very happy with Mandriva 2010 (free).

What are the positves?:

no anti-virus updates, no Windows security updates,

no cost to upgrade to Win 7.

 

BOOTS  SHUTSDOWN HIBERNATES IN 1/3 the time as

compared to Vista!!!!!!!!!

 

Of course, laptop is not running all the Lenovo third party crap.

Mandriv just works without all that CPU hog Programs ontop of the Vista

hog Programs.

 

Yes, of course the wirless just worked immediately, after the usual config.

 

That's a big deal with a laptop on battery.

 

I installed Picasa 3 (freeware), Thunderbird, Firefox & more,

so I had no difficult learning curve to switch from Vista.

 

Yes, I made Vista/Lenovo DVD restore disks.

Yes, I loaded them to make sure I could re-load, so as to sell

this slow laptop & buy a faster one in the future.

 

I do not dual boot to Mandriva/Vista.

I once did until I found there was no longer any need for

Microsoft.

But then u may want to pay for Win 7 as a "pacifier".

 

Best to you on considering Linux.

I'm about to turn 70 yrs. so if I can pull the plug on

Microsoft, I suppose u might too.

Jim

 

 

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vineyardtechie
Posts: 28
Registered: ‎11-24-2008
Location: usa

Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

Sorry!

I un-installed Mandriva 2010.

 

Thunderbird & the Mandriva/Linux default email Program: KMail, seemed too buggy.

Mouse kept moving about, hit enter to drop to the next line caused the cursor to move to about anywhere it liked, except the usual place to start a new sentence.

So the heck with faster boot/shutdown time: I prefer a stable email Program.

I spent a few hrs. re-installing Windows from restore disk.

Did u know that the restore is to all that ancient crapware loaded when u bought the PC?

So next I used my external drive to restore a copy with Acronis /True Image.

Done & glad I returned to bad old Microsoft.

Jim

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garytr23
Posts: 218
Registered: ‎09-12-2008
Location: Atlanta, GA USA
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Re: Which Linux distribution should I opt for???

Ubuntu.  Try the Livecd before you install it.  Have been running 8.10/9.04/9.10 on my SL300 since I bought it, and compatibility's steadily improved.  Right now, it's very usable, and 3D is faster than windows.

Lenovo SL300 Owner
earning an MSECE at GATech, with undergrad in BME.