Well after running Debian since 2.1 I finally have hit a problem I can't seem to fix myself so I'm here to beg for help.
Last Dec 25th I decided to give myself a present by installing Debian on the laptop I use for classes, a Lenovo Thinkpad T410i, previously a Windows 7 only machine. I reduce the Windows partition (more on Windows later) and installed from a Wheezy DVD-Rom I had. Once I had connection wifi working I went to the Debian site and upgraded to Jessie. Just to make my life perfect, the HD in my old desktop crashed on the 26th. I have two unresolved problems at this time:
First, and more important, I can't seem to get the sound card working. I'm not a big fan of hearing Biff bark but I need to be able to do web-conferencing for my classes. I have spent the last month reading Man pages, How-tos and anything else I could find, no luck.( I'm not good with screen shots so I'm going to type some of the things that normally come up that way here)
From Windows I had gotten the informations on the sound card as being Conexant 20585 Smart Audio HD and also, Intel Display audio.
In lspci -v I see the following:
00:1b:.0 audio device: Intel Corporations 5 Series/3400 series high Definition Audio (rev 06)
subsystem: Leonovo Device 215e
flags: fast devsel, IRQ 11
memory at f262000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 2
Capabilities:  MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
Capabilities:  Express Root Complex Integrated Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities:  Virtual Channel
Capabilities:  Root Complex Link
Kernel driver in use: oss_hdaudio
I've also got that the device id is 8086:3b56
I've loaded the Firmware packages and the microcode packages, tried both oss and alsa, dev/dsp and dev/mixer both exist, I've tried with both a 3.16 and a 4.8 kernel, ran alsactl init, tried loading some modules manually, and I honestly forget what all else.
I keep getting various error messages, most recently the message has been: alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory
In the boot-time messages (journalctl) the only reference to the card I have found is the following 4 lines:
00:1b.0 [8086:3b56] type 00 class 0x040300
00:1b.0 reg 0x10 [mem 0xf262000-0xf263fff 64 bit]
00:1b.0 PME# supported from D0 D3hot, D3cold
00:1b.0 System wakeup disabled by ACPI
a little farther down I see:
oss_hdaudio: HDA codex 0x140f15069 not known yet [repeats but with address 0x80862804] [both lines in RED, then repeated]
oss4-base: Starting Open Sound System modprobe FATAL:module oss_usb not found
oss4-base: open module oss_usb failed - ignored ... (warning).
oss4-base: opendir: No such file or directory
alsactl: /usr/sbin/alsactl: load_state:: No soundcards found...
systemd meanwhile is reporting that it started Restore Sound Card State.
And that is where I am at.
Oh, I can't tell you what Windows 7 says, it won't boot any more, that's my other problem. I've tried both grub and lilo and under both it gets the Windows logo up ant then sits there glowing. I've tried a couple of rescue options with no luck. It seems, as best I can tell, to think I've changed the hardware (I haven't) and goes off to sulk. that's windows for you.
Oh and I have only very limited BIOS access. I bought the machine used, store now out of business, and the BIOS is passwd protected (!) and I wasn't given the password.
thank you for your time and any help you can give,
DH "Hank" Tiffany