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Akkana's Musings on Open Source Computing and Technology, Science, and Nature.

Sun, 20 Mar 2022

Activate the Microphone on a Lenovo Carbon X1 Running Debian

When I bought my Carbon X1 laptop a few years ago, the sound card was new and not yet well supported by Linux. (I knew that before I bought, and decided it was a good gamble that support would improve soon.)

Early on, there was a long thread on Lenovo's forum discussing, in particular, how to get the microphone working. The key, apparently, was the SOF (Sound Open Firmware) support, which was standard in the 5.3 Linux kernel that came with Ubuntu 10.10, but needed an elaborate script to get working in earlier kernels.

It worked fine on Ubuntu. But under Debian, the built-in mic didn't work.

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[ 11:15 Mar 20, 2022    More linux/laptop | permalink to this entry | ]

Mon, 07 Mar 2022

The Sun is Spectacular Today in H-Alpha

[Sun in h-alpha on 2222-03-07] A couple of years ago, Dave and I acquired an H-alpha solar scope.

Neither of us had been much of a solar observer. We'd only had white-light filters: filters you put over the front of a regular telescope to block out most of the sun's light so you can see sunspots.

H-alpha filters are a whole different beast: you can see prominences, those huge arcs of fire that reach out into space for tens of thousands of miles, many times the size of the Earth. And you can also see all sorts of interesting flares and granulation on the surface of the sun, something only barely hinted at in white-light images.

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[ 12:00 Mar 07, 2022    More science/astro | permalink to this entry | ]