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Old 09-28-2003, 06:47 PM   #1
jscerb
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Soundblaster Live! and no sound


I am new to Linux, so please bare with me.

I have a Soundblaster Live! and I get no sound. When I first booted, there was some weird static. The card was using an Audigy driver, so i switched to something else and now I get nothing.

I have Mandrake 9.1 and am using KDE 3.1

Thanks!
 
Old 09-28-2003, 07:30 PM   #2
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I just got through ripping out Red Hat, and installing Mandrake 9.1 because I couldn't resolve the sound card issue in Red Hat.

I too have a SB Live, and it has worked perfectly in Windows XP Pro for over two years.

The Mandrake 9.1 wouldn't give me any sound either. With both distros I tried all the various things (hints and tips) from this and other forums. No dice.... no sound.

Sooooooooooooo.... ........... I wish I had a better response, but I don't. Fact is, Mandrake is no longer on my machine, and the new HD I allocated for it, is already formatted for NTFS, and a spare for my Windows OS.

Good luck.... you'll need it.
 
Old 09-28-2003, 08:51 PM   #3
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did this sound blaster card come with a gateway computer? if so it might not be a real sound blaster card, rather an oem card that gate was calls an sblive and that card does not work in linux.
 
Old 09-28-2003, 08:59 PM   #4
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If it is a recentish PCI based card (even if it is 'onboard' it can still be ISA/PCI) then it shoud work without too much hassle. Firstly, try unmuting it/increasing the volume in your mixer... that is once you re-install Linux!
 
Old 09-28-2003, 09:07 PM   #5
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hello,
my sb live has worked under linux (debina and redhat) for a couple of years at least. give sndconfig a shot, or redhat-config-soundcard for newer redhat versions. please post the contents of /etc/modules.conf
 
Old 09-29-2003, 06:37 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by mondaypickle
did this sound blaster card come with a gateway computer? if so it might not be a real sound blaster card, rather an oem card that gate was calls an sblive and that card does not work in linux.
Yes, it came installed in the computer. I suppose there could be something different about the card, however......

The PC, as purchased had Windows ME on it. About a year later, I purchased and installed Windows XP Pro. XP recognized it as an SB Live card, and the sound card performs flawlessly with XP. Wonder why XP didn't turn-up its nose at it?

The first Linux I tried was Red Hat 9. It seemed to recognize it as a SB Live card, and installed the module Emu10k1, as the driver of choice. However, I was NEVER able to get any sound out of the Red Hat system. I went through the "modprobe" and "sndconfig" and several other hints and tips, but to no avail.

Finally, I decided to try another Linux distro. Downloaded and installed Mandrake 9.1. Mandrake recognized the card as a SB Live card and installed a driver that looked to be the correct one. I think it was an ALSA driver. Note! For exactly ONE time, I WAS able to hear system sounds from my speakers, however a music CD did NOT come through. The CD played (spun) and the player indicated a selection was being played, but NO sound.

On the very next, and all subsequent bootups, there was NO system sound at all. I checked Vol settings, checked that system sounds were enabled and went through the usual gyrations (hints and tips), went into the Mandrake config utility, and picked a different Emu10k1 driver ---but nothing worked, and I never heard any system sounds again.

Couple those experiences with the MANY (not just a few) postings that you can find here, and on other forums, about others having the same kind of problems -----it finally dawned on me that Linux (in general) must have some serious problems with sound drivers. Being a I expected a certain amount of startup problems, but this sound card thing is obviously not a problem that is unique to only my system.

In the old days (early 80s), I would think it interesting to mess around with new PC problem ---but now, some 25 years later, I just wanted to take a close look at Linux and get familiar with the "open" environment and especially the development tools. These incredible sound card problems that seem to be all too common with LOTS of folks just bringing up Linux.... have completely stifled my interest in the Linux OS.

If my sound card had given me trouble from the beginning, or had not played well with XP, I would concede that it could be a fault of Gateway and their card... but that is just not the case.
 
Old 09-29-2003, 09:58 AM   #7
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I am too a newbie, just installed Mandrake 9.1 three days ago. I partitioned my XP HD and installed it into a 4GB space so I can "play" with Linux.

Installation was a breeze (I am glad it is as I am to discover later). My Soundblaster Live did not work at first but after using Kmix and adjusting the volume, I heard sound but it was very low. It too had installed the Audigy driver, so I used the other driver offered (Em101k, or similar) and rebooted and the sound worked fine but only two speakers works.

I just went through my first Linux driver install (Nvidia) and it wasn't a pleasant experience, I reinstalled 8 times before it finally worked and I don't know if I could repeat it or not!

My printer/scanner is not supported (Lexmark Printrio x75). I haven't tried CD burning or the modem yet.
 
Old 09-29-2003, 09:11 PM   #8
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hello,
any chance PnP is on in the BIOS, if so please turn it off and see what happens.
 
Old 10-01-2003, 10:47 PM   #9
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wow!!! sndconfig works like a charm!

i know my sound card works in redhat 7.3 and i was unable to get my sblive value! working under RH9.0. i thought something was wrong and was messing with the ALSA driver.

rigth after i ran sndconfig, my sblive value! works!!! thanks for the great tip, pbharris.
 
Old 10-14-2003, 12:03 AM   #10
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Ok, what if soundconfig won't recognize your card? What next?
 
Old 10-14-2003, 12:13 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by orbiteleven
Ok, what if soundconfig won't recognize your card? What next?
i dont know. what kind of sound card are you using?
 
Old 10-14-2003, 07:38 AM   #12
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SB Live! in a new Dell GX260, RH 9. I've tried ALSA tarballs, I've tried ALSA rpms, I've tried emu10k1 from sourceforge. All to no avail.

Alsa tarballs, rpms give no sound
Emu10k1 gives "unresolved symbol" when trying to modprobe
 
Old 10-14-2003, 08:28 AM   #13
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my sound wouldn't work either wit mandrake 9.1.. all volumes were all the way down.... run 'aumix' and turn up the volumes... it took me half-a-day to figure that out :/
 
Old 10-14-2003, 08:59 AM   #14
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Unhappy Tried it

yup. tried that too. I wish it was that easy. I've run alsmixer several times. Sound is un-muted and turned up all the way (when I do finally get this working, I'll probably blow a speaker
 
Old 11-17-2003, 01:33 PM   #15
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I have kind of the same problem. I have had a lot of experience with linux but i wouldn't call myself pro. I installed Mandrake 9.2 today. The system has picked up my sound card fine , it's a sblive 5.1. I know for a fact that the alsa drivers i'm using are sending sound to my speakers in digital mode, which is what i want. I know this because one of the lights on my speaker amplifier will flash until it recieves a digital signal.
Problem is, i can't hear a thing. i've gone into alsamixer and upped every leaver and unmuted every meter that i think would affect the sound. is there something i'm missing.
 
  


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