I'm posting this again, hopefully with correct threading this time; sorry.
>This is probably exhaustively written up somewhere - but I can't find a
>concise source. Following advice on the Wiki for KDE and sound hasn't
>helped. [Alsaconf/Kmix/alsamixergui all appear to work and the volume
>icon sometimes comes up on the panel as "muted" but no sound at all
Check in Kmix under the "Switches" tab to see if you have "Headphone Jack
Sense". This must be off for the internal speakers to work; maybe that's your
problem (it happened to me!).
>[...]I can't get a usable dhcp lease.
>I've a feeling that avahi is intervening - the laptop always ends up
>with a 169.* address - and I don't know enough about how to get it to
>work. DHCP is being given out by a stock Linksys WRT54G which in turn is
>fed from my cable modem.
>Static IP for the ethernet in the laptop is working fine - I just don't
>want to have to wire it the whole time.
Those 169.* addresses are avahi's fallback when DHCP isn't working...sounds
like you're missing a piece of software; the easiest way if you use KDE is
installing network-manager-kde which should pull in everthing you need for
DHCP to work automatically.
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