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I installed Linux on a dual-boot P4 (ASUS P4S8X-X motherboard). Everything works under WinXP, but there's no sound under Linux. The OS recognizes the onboard SIS7012 chip as an Intel i810, and assigns the IRQ with no problems. lspci shows the board as running with no problems.
If I plug my speakers on the microphone jack, however, the sound works - so it's not really a 'configuration' problem. My guess is that I need new drivers, but I have not been able to find anything.
The P4S8X-X is listed as tested and approved for Linux. Can anyone help me?
Several people have reported this sound-out-of-the-microphone-jack phenomenon in this forum, on a variety of m/b's and sound chips but always the i810 driver. I can only assume whoever wrote the driver got their wires crossed.
People using the ALSA i810 driver, like me, have the sound coming out of the correct place. Unfortunately many other posts describe prolonged struggles to install ALSA, especially for redhat/mandrake.
Originally posted by pealmeid After reinstalling RH9 three times, I'm using Knoppix until I figure out what's wrong. I tried ALSA (w/ Knoppix), but it still doesn't work. Any suggestions?
I've been "on the bird" about three weeks now and had the same install probs.
I never got sound with knoppix, except by installing OSS. http://www.opensound.com/ (I am not endorsing this product, but it did make sound come out of my speakers for the test.) Unfortunately on reboot the sound was gone.
I finally got sound with my Red Hat 9 install--the third install--by installing the SNDCONFIG for legacy drivers which is NOT in the same location as the PNP "RedHat sndconfig" RPM. ***Also, I had to unplug my webcam because sndconfig seems to work in a linear way, with yes no protocol. Apparently sndconfig would find my sound-enabled (microphoned) D-link web camera, tell me it had no drivers for it, and then give up looking for my ess1868 [legacy] sound drivers.
Once installed, open a terminal and login as su, then type sndconfig and hit enter. The reason I mention this is that the GUI "Soundcard Detection" did not find my legacy soundccard and may not be meant to. I figure this "tool" must be for PNP soundcard detection only.
The point is, unless you are using a pci soundcard, you'll need the legacy sndconfig RPM installed. This comes with Red Hat 9 and is down past the K-desktop crap, but before the Developer RPM packages. I'm on the Windows side of my box, so I can't get to the RPM now and be more exact about location. I hope this helped.
Last edited by chicagojoel; 09-18-2003 at 11:52 PM.
I made it work! It took me three days to figure it out, but I managed to make alsa work, and I didn't even had to recompile the kernel!
I followed the steps described in www.freshrpms.net, they have the binary RPM's for the driver and an explanation on how to make it work. Don't ask me what I did, I just followed the steps... (but hey, it worked!"