Since late November 2006, I had Ubuntu Edgy 6.10 running on my Toshiba Satellite A100-TA6. I wrote a full report on that here.
So, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade to Feisty 7.04, and so the adventure begins.
Intel High Definition Audio (HDA) Sound Problems
My laptop has an Intel HDA sound card.
After the upgrade to Feisty, the sound had very low volume, and the mic barely worked. Moreover, everything I spoke in the mic came through the headphones s well.
This is very annoying since I use Skype a lot on my laptop to stay in touch with various people around the world.
The solution was simple: in the file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base add this at the very end.
options snd-hda-intel model=3stack
Intel 945GM video
The Intel i810 driver for the xorg X11 server had a problem with suspend/hibernate. I switched to the vesa driver to get around this problem.
This workaround has some drawbacks:
- Cannot change screen resolutions. This is means I cannot use external projectors which work at 1024x768. The 915resolution program provides this feature by modifying the BIOS on the fly.
- No hardware acceleration for graphics and video (not a big deal in my case.
So, I was eager to update to Feisty, since I thought this problem was fixed.
However, I ran into a new problem that prevents me from using the intel driver (which replaces the i810 driver).
I can't describe it well in words. On the KDM screen, the buttons do work (the enter button as well as the button that pops up a menu). However, the text is way too large and shifted to the right.
Here is a picture to better describe what I saw.
If you find a solution to this, please let me know.