I have 2 laptops that I am refurbishing to donate to a needy family. I am unable to use Windows on either machine and have decided to go the Linux route.
Reasoning: IBM ThinkPad R32 is designed so poorly that it is too slow to run multiple .NET frameworks as required for the laptop's purpose.
The Compaq Evo N610c has no hard drive as a special proprietary IDE adapter is required. This machine runs off a 16GB USB stick and can not run XP as XP re-enumerates the USB upon boot and 768 MB DDR1 RAM likely wont do well under Win7 lite.
My problem: Both the IBM ThinkPad R32 and the Compaq Evo n610c use a SoundMax audio device, which is apparently supposed to work out of the box with Debian based systems. The IBM is supposedly compatible with RedHat and SuSe according to lenovo.com
I have tried running Kubuntu 12.04 and Debian 6.0.5 which are supposed to work out of the box but on both machines, I have no sound.
pulseadio is installed. The alsamixer is not muted or turned down. I have tried installing OSS, that swiss army knife of sound, the compatability mode pulseaudio drivers and still i get no sound.
I don't even hear the normal "pop" you get from the speakers when the sound device is initialized..
Any ideas? I tried the Kubuntu IRC community but they don't have any answers past, "check the alsa mixer"