Archive for January, 2009

S37S problems playing commercial dvds in ubuntu 8.04 solution

January 4, 2009

In order to play DVDs In Ubuntu 8.04 on the S37S notebook you need to set the DVD drive’s region (it appears).

Option 1: Purchase PowerDVD Canonical’s store, install, and then use it to set the DVD’s region. You can purchase this at

s37s sound volume very low when at full blast 8.04 & 8.10 solution

January 4, 2009

A patch was provided on the uptstreamed bug which resolves the issue. The issue seems to be that the 82801H (8086:284b) is really a rebranded mitac card but the driver doesn’t pick this up properly. This patch is included in Ubuntu now, but you have to append the following to your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base:

options snd-hda-intel model=mitac

For those on older Ubuntu versions like Hardy, you’ll need to hand-patch your alsa-driver to gain the support. See the upstream bug at for details.