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Thanks for your reply. No, I do not get any errors when I run 'depmod -a' or 'depmod -e'. However, when I run alsamixer, this is what I get :
[root@localhost alsa-driver-0.9.8]# alsamixer
alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory
Before installing alsa, I was using OSS. The mp3s would play fine with OSS, but the audio CDs were playing horribly (very poor quality). That is why I thought I should give alsa a shot. Is it possible that I have not done the "cleaning up" of oss files properly ? There is still a /etc/modules.conf.pre-oss file. Do you think I should delete that file and try re-installing alsa ?
The snd module was not loaded when I did the compilation. I had only checked for soundcore (which was loaded). So, after 'modprobe snd', the compilation went smoothly.
Howeve, if I open xmms, then the alsa driver is not listed under the list of output drivers. Why is that ?
When you first load up alsa, you need to create a configuration file for your card. This is supposed to be done with "alsactl store" I think. The man page for alsactl should clear anything up.
The alsa plugin for Xmms is entirely part of xmms, you might be able to get it as a precompiled package from Xmms's site... or more likely just compile xmms from the ground up. Distros that don't have alsa by default tend to be a hastle when you switch to alsa.