Mute in awe

I remember the good old days when I had to struggle with Red Hat Linux 7.2 just to get my Ethernet card working.  Getting X to start was a entirely different ballgame.  These days, having Fedora working out of the box on pretty much any hardware I boot it on is just routine but the expectations have risen and little niggles that I wouldn’t consider a problem before bother me now.  One of those trivial items was the mute button in my office ThinkPad X200 not working in Fedora 14.  I talked to Matthew Garett on #fedora-desktop in gimpnet and he requested me to file a bug report and assign it to him but it turned out this problem was already reported upstream.   This is a long standing problem and has even been noted in the RHEL 6 technical notes.  I searched and found a boot option but it has a undesirable side effect of increasing power consumption in the laptop.  The trade off wasn’t worth it and I moved on.

I have been running Rawhide and more recently the Fedora 15 development branch for quite sometime and recently noticed that the mute button works!   Apparently a kernel update fixes this problem due to a series of patches merged upstream.    I have no more hardware issues to complain about.  Muted

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About mether

I am Rahul Sundaram, a Fedora contributor from India and a tech enthusiast. I am mether on irc.freenode.net. Email: sundaram AT fedoraproject.org if you want to get in touch with me.
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One Response to Mute in awe

  1. Will Kemp says:

    I always used to be able to get Fedora to work out of the box, but i’ve had a Samsung N140 netbook for a bit over 18 months now, and getting the wireless ethernet to work seems to be getting harder! It just doesn’t work without ndiswrapper – and that simply wasn’t available for F14 until a month or two ago. Now i’ve upgraded to F15beta, it won’t work again (ndiswrapper’s available on rpmfusion, but the kmod doesn’t seem to be…) Groan!

    😉

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