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Tux the Pengin

OK, here's a freebie: A simulation of the old text-based Star Trek game we used to play on HP 2100's using a Teletype ASR-33 as a console: StarTrek Game

Enabling Sound On The Micron GoBook

The Micron GoBook uses an ESS Maestro-2 sound controller. Unfortunately, it does not default to any standard sound support mode, like Sound Blaster, although Sound Blaster mode is supported. Normally, DOS or Windows is required to put the controler into SB mode, however, drivers available at overcome this problem quite nicely. While not free, the shareware-priced package will get sound going on a long list of maverick sound systems.


  1. You can demo the software before you buy (it is actually the real thing, you just have to pay to enable long-term use; before unlocking, it only plays for 20 minutes, requiring you to reset sound to restart. After 3 hours of total play, it shuts down completely.)
  2. At the OpenSound site, click "Download" and optionally supply your name and email address, then choose your kernel and library combo from the pull-down menu. Click "Submit".
  3. The next page that appears has a link on which you click to download your package. I brought mine into /tmp.


  1. Use tar -xzf [filename] to unwrap the package and then read the README. It tells you to use the installer provided. I just commanded cd /tmp and ./oss-install to start the install. Follow the suggestions the installer makes, and you're finished.
  2. You have to command ./soundon to turn on the sound system, and you may have to run sndvolmix, aumix or (in Gnome) gmixer to set the sound volumes.

RedHat 7.3 and higher:

Redhat 7.3 comes with the Maestro sound driver which is adequate for most purposes like swooshes and clicks in Gnome or KDE interface actions, and BuddyArrive sounds in EveryBuddy, the free multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux.

Enabling sound using the Maestro driver is accomplished by putting

      modprobe maestro

in your /etc/rc.local file so the command executes near the end of boot-up. To complete the setup, also open the Gnome Control Center (or KDE Kontrol Center) and enable user interface sounds; this forces "esd", the sound system daemon, to launch. Esd now usurps the sound system, so all calls for sound must go through esd.

If, like me, you prefer silent interface operation but still like to know when you get a [mail or instant] message, you can put the commands

# start the e-sound daemon
esd &

# set the volume to 80%
aumix -v80

right below the other line, also in /etc/rc.local.

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