Powerbook 15" Resolution, Sound & Wifi

Hello all,

I’ve just installed the PPC Opensuse (latest) release and come accross some problems:

  1. My laptop will only boot in to 800x600, and does not give me the option for the native resolution of 1280 by 854. I have seen other threads related to this, but the instructions to fix it are not clear enough or require a working internet connection to obtain a fix which is a problem at the moment (see below).

  2. The sound will not work at all on my Powerbook from initial install.

  3. I can not, for the life of me, work out how to scna for avalible wireless networks - there just doesn’t seem to be an icon or option to do so. Am I just missing something?

I have a G4 15" Powerbook from 2003.

Thanks in advance.

Reference your sound, … I would like to try help here.

You could try working your way through the openSUSE audio troubleshooting guide: SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE

Also, please note that to determine if you have sound, please copy and paste the following speaker-test into a Gnome terminal or a kde konsole: speaker-test -c2 -l5 -twavYou should hear a female voice saying ‘FRONT LEFT’, ‘FRONT RIGHT’ five times.

If you have no success with the audio troubleshooting guide, then I will need more information if I am to make a recommendation … So can you provide more very detailed information so a good recommendation can be given? You can do that, with your PC connected to the internet, by opening a gnome-terminal or a kde konsole and typing:
/usr/sbin/alsa-info.shthat will run a diagnostic script and post the output to a web site on the Internet. It will give you the URL of the web site. Please post that URL here. Just the URL. It may be that you need to run that script with root permissions. Please note that I need that output to understand better your PC’s configuration.

I type that in the assumption that a wired connection (to the internet) works for your powerbook. If it doesn’t (have any internet), then you could run that script such that it saves a local copy (to /tmp I think - it will tell you where) and then copy that output to a USB stick, move it to a working computer, and then upload that script to a pastebin site such as general pastebin - simplified internet collaboration. To run the script locally, type:/usr/sbin/alsa-info.sh --no-upload
and then and upload the generated file (via a usb stick) to a pastebin site.

Also, please copy and paste the following commands one line at a time into a gnome-terminal or a konsole and post here the output: rpm -qa | grep alsa
rpm -qa | grep pulse
rpm -q libasound2
uname -a
cat /etc/modprobe.d/soundHopefully with those output (script plus result of commands) I can make a good recommendation.

Note, if one does not have internet, and needs to copy output to a text file, before uploading, one can pipe output to a text file so that one need not re-type. ie. for example:
rpm -qa | grep alsa > alsa-rpm.txt
rpm -qa | grep pulse > pulse-rpm.txt
rpm -q libasound2 > libasound2-rpm.txt
uname -a > kernel-version.txt
cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound > sound-config-file.txtand copy the files to a USB, move them to a PC with internet, open them up, and copy and paste them into a thread on the forum.

Reference your wireless, … unless you get lucky and find a user with the exact same hardware and software as you, the odds are you will need to go back to hardware/software basics wrt wireless to get help needed to get this functioning (ie you will need to provided detailed hardware information so that our wireless guru’s (of which I am NOT one) can help you. To do so, please go to this forum subarea:
Wireless - openSUSE Forums

and read the two stickies, and provide the information they recommend.