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Old 09-18-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
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No sound for Dell Optiplex GX/pro


First post alert:-)

I'm trying to repatriate a Dell Optiplex GXpro 200 USB off Windows/NT to RedHat 9. It's a
dual-cpu 200MHz dinosaur with 128MB, SCSI based storage and CD-ROM.

So far I've got it dual booted fine using grub, using an smp kernel 2.4.30-31smp but not able to get sound working.

This system has on board NIC and sound, as well as a Creative ViBRA16X PnP:Audio card. From other posts, I see this tool, lspci, to list what PCI cards are installed(?) and it shows this:

[root@peewee sbin]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440FX - 82441FX PMC [Natoma] (rev 02)
00:0d.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II] (rev 01)
00:0d.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371SB PIIX3 IDE [Natoma/Triton II]
00:0d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371SB PIIX3 USB [Natoma/Triton II] (rev 01)
00:0e.0 PCI bridge: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21052 (rev 02)
00:11.0 SCSI storage controller: Adaptec AHA-2940U/UW/D / AIC-7881U
01:08.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905 100BaseTX [Boomerang]
01:09.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado] (rev 30)
01:0a.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Graphics, Inc. MGA 2064W [Millennium] (rev 01)

However, when I run System Settings -> Soundcard Detection, it doesn't find any

But, when I run System Tools -> Hardware browser, it lists the Creative card for 'Sound cards'.

I think this suggests a conflict but unsure how to triage further.:-(

I was unable to find the 'sndconfig' tool mentioned in other posts, so I'm stuck. Oh, sound on WNT was fine.
 
Old 09-19-2005, 02:24 AM   #2
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Have you tried looking in the kernel to see if anything that you might need for the sound card was disabled?
 
Old 09-19-2005, 03:35 PM   #3
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Can you be more specific as to the "what" and "how' to do this? I'm still a newbie on this setup, though I'm becoming "dangerous".
 
Old 09-21-2005, 04:16 PM   #4
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OK, I went to /usr/src/linux and ran menuconfig; it appears to me that the proper components are loadable modules; not sure what else to check.

I think the root problem is the discrepency between thwbroser utility which says that I have one

"Creative ViBRA16X PnP: Audio",
Manufacturer unknown,
Driver 'sb';

while redhat-config-sound says no soundcards were found. a dmesg revealed this:

isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: SB audio device quirk - increasing port range
isapnp: Card 'Creative ViBRA16X PnP'
isapnp: 1 Plug & Play card detected total

How can I check if indeed I have this 'sb' driver, or what else canI do to triage this? thanks.

p.s. reading a similar thread, I installed realplayer (10) and I can hear CDs!

but redhat util still says I have no sound card....

Last edited by slashlos; 09-21-2005 at 06:12 PM.
 
Old 09-21-2005, 09:48 PM   #5
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i dont know man im still a beginer too...i was just trying to push you in the right direction.
 
Old 09-22-2005, 01:24 PM   #6
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thanks; at this point it appears the conflict is a red-hat issue; as this unit has on board sound too, I think I'll pursue that next.

p.s. while googling "linux on-board audio how to" I found this:
http://support.intel.com/support/gra...inux/audio.htm

seems the right stuff for me, maybe others too. it offers step-by-step instructions; more later...

Last edited by slashlos; 09-22-2005 at 02:22 PM.
 
  


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