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Installing Linux on Virtual PC
May 16, 2004

If you're testing/playing around with Linux in a Microsoft-centric shop, there's a good chance that you'll be using Microsoft Virtual PC to run it in a virtual machine on your workstation. Here are a few tips for you, if that's the situation you find yourself in.

1. If your X-Windows display is completely hosed (especially right after the initial operating system install), it's probably because your display is set to use 24-bit color. For some odd reason, this is unsupported in Virtual PC. As a workaround:

2. If you can't get sound to work, try the tips at You may have to log out and log back in (or at least restart your aRTs server) for the change to take effect.

If the "sndconfig" program doesn't exist, doesn't work, or if it crashes when you try to run it, you can always try editing your /etc/modules.conf file directly (you'll normally have to be root to do that). Here are the lines that sndconfig will add:

alias sound-slot-0 sb 
post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || : 
pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || : 
options sound dmabuf=1 
alias synth0 opl3 
options opl3 io=0x388 
options sb io=0x220 irq=5 dma=1 dma16=5 mpu_io=0x330 

That may or may not work for you. Again, you'll have to either log out or restart your aRTs server to notice a change.

3. If you want to map a drive to your local Windows workstation, you can do the following: