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A problem I've had for a while, is that I get no sound. I'm pretty sure all of the modules necessary are loaded, sound.o emu10k1 ac97codec etc.
However, I get NO sound. Nothing. I suppose the soundcard is never initialised (don't know if that's the right word), as unlike Windows it never makes a little click sound when the OS is turned on, and also never emits a little sound. Not even that am I granted.
The volume control on gnome shows the correct settings etc and finds the card fine, as does kmix and everything else I try. XMMS and CDPlayer (the 2 media players I have which I know work) both happily play music, but still nothing comes from the speakers.
I'm pretty sure it's not the driver(s) at error, as when I tried with my on-board sound (810i) the exact same thing happened (using the appropriate alsa drivers). It also occurred with 8.1, and when 9.0 (which I'm now using) was released I wiped the partition and freshly installed it, but to no avail.
I can get it to work when using the original 2.4.20 bare.i included (which some applications such as nvidia's installer seem to think is 2.4.0), where for some reason it works perfectly. This is unacceptable however as using this other modules such as the graphics and modem drivers will not work as they need a kernel source to build themselves. The kernel I use at the moment is 2.4.21, built in various different configurations, all attempts to get the soundcard to work, all of which failed (including using the config file from bare.i). I've also tried using 2.4.20, even building this using the bare.i config file, which gives the same result.
I'm using the latest emu10k1 driver (which supports the Audigy 2)
Output from lspci and dmesg are both the same in either kernel, so I presume are not part of the problem.
Using lsmod (which I don't know the details of what it's telling me) it would appear that when the kernel uses sound rather than soundcore there is a problem. However, I could be wrong, and don't know how to solve this. This problem has plagued my linux experience up to now and any help would be most welcome.
Please bear in mind I'm new-ish to linux (as without sound I'm drawn back to Windows - I know, I know), so I appologize for any errors in this.
have you tried updating everything with swaret to current. I had a lot of problems with my sounblaster live card until I set up swaret to update everything including the kernel and alsa to current. Then I just ran alsaconf and everything seemed to work great.