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I switched from Mandrake 9 to Redhat 8, and in Mandrake 9, my soundcard used to work perfectly with the ALSA support in mandrake. When I run Redhat, it shows that I do have a FM801 but, it DOESN'T play a sound, I press the play test sound, nothing comes up. I load a Music CD and it plays, but I dont hear anything. I boot and get back to windows, and it does works, I dont know what might be happening, because it used to work in Mandrake with ALSA support, and Redhat has it too, I suppose and I think I read somewhere during the installation. So why my soundcard doesnt play in Redhat 8?
When the computer loads the environment, I get an error message saying that it cant load the /dev/dsp something similar, I dont remember very acurately, Im in windows right now. And when the computer is shutted down, it says something about a module sound-service, which cant be loaded, I cant read it, since it runs to fast. Sorry for not being too accurate in my description, but Ill check, and post it accurately.
Please help me, Im new into this, so dont try to give me hard to follow solutions, that I might not be able to do, since I'm new in this.
P.S. Sorry, I should've expected it the above is done in Xterm/Konsole/Other terminal emulation software, to become root issue /bin/su and type root password when prompted with Password:, you won't see anything when you type it.
First I installed the kernel pack and the development pack from the packages thing. Then I went to the page of the alsa project, and downloaded the files, and followed the instructions provided in there. If someone needs help, because of the same problem. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I solved my problem too! Once I had worked out how to find and install "sndconfig" - which gets left out of the default Red Hat installation - it detected my card without any problem and fixed everything.
It is an rpm in one cd, I think it is #3, go to redhat/rpms and search for sndconfigblabla.rpm But I dont think its gonna make something, I isntalled it, detected my soundcard, but it told me that the soundcard was not detected, but the ALSA has been developing some drivers, so I went to the page of the alsa, and Isntalled it with the isntructions provided for my soundcard.
1. I added all the packages for kernels and everything else my computer showed as not yet being installed after I entered Gnome Menu -System settings - packages
2. I then relogged in as "root".
3. Then I opened my terminal from Gnome Menu -System Tools - Terminal
and entered "whereis sndconfig".
4. Once I saw the directory path to the file I copied and pasted it and ran it!
The first soundcard I had was a PCI - Vortex and sndconfig said it was not supported by Redhat even though it was recognized. So I plugged in another card which was a ISAPNP - AWE64 Sound Blaster card and restarted the computer which installed it for me and removed the old sound card settings on startup.
5. Then I went into sndconfig, as mentioned above, and it recognized and installed all the settings for the AWE64 card. It runs great now!
All the advice here in this thread put me on the right path. Thank you! Now if I can just get my CD-R to burn but that is another story
cool, now it works for you, well it is easy to replace the soundcard, but I installed all as the alsa saud, but I installed the kernel sources and the development packages, and follow all what the alsa page said about my soundcard.