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I have just set up gentoo using the 2.6 kernel and gnome 2.4. I'm a bit of a newbie, so I've been slowly working through the config/tweaking process. Sound isn't configured properly, and I'm not really sure what to do. I have spent quite a lot of time searching through the various thread archives with no such luck. I have made attempts at piecing together the process using the collections of information that I've found. I'm guessing that I am missing something pretty simple which is screwing up everything else. Anyone who can lend a hand is more than welcome!
I have some sort of random pci sound card. It's running the cmi8738cm6 chip.
Onboard sound is disabled in bios.
Running Gentoo with the 2.6 kernel (2.6.8-gentoo-r3 I believe?) and Gnome 2.4
The sound card (and alsa) are compiled into the kernel.
I have emerged alsa and alsa-utils.
The Volume control on the gnome desktop (upper right hand corner) is x-ed out. I get and error: Couldn't open mixer device /dev/sound/mixer when trying to open it.
I have modified a few of the various alsa config files based on other people's how tos and what not...
If anyone would like me to post more data just let me know.
It was really helpful. I dunno what I was looking through, but I definately wasn't on the official alsa site. I've done so much searching and reading about linux stuff in the past few days, I'm not surprised. hah.
Anyway. I didn't realize the support needed to be compiled as modules and not directly into the kernel. I made those changes and recompiled the kernel. I continued through the alsa troubleshooter; everything was kosher till #5.
5) Check that you have the right sound devices
Run alsamixer as root. If you get
alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device
the right device special files in /dev/ might be missing. Run ls /dev/snd/ and make sure there are several entries there.
If the directory does not exist, or it is empty, use the ALSA snddevices script or similar to create it and the device special files in it.
My directory was empty. There was mention of running that script, though I couldn't figure out how to run it, nor could I find any info on it. Anyone familiar with the snddevice script?
that seems to be the problem. b/c in gnome i get an error: Couldn't open mixer device /dev/sound/mixer
I (finally) solved the problem. I'm still not sure exactly what the problem was...but it was solved by first, creating the devices in /dev/sound/ that gnome was looking for, and second, me properly copying over the recompiled kernel image. I had made a mistake by copying the newly compiled kernel as bzImage and not using the file I had listed in grub.conf...gotta love being a noobie :-P
I'm still having a few other problems, one of which seems to have nearly everyone I have talked to, stumped. I'll start a new thread on this topic later.