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Old 11-20-2010, 06:44 AM   #1
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I get " No soundcards found..." after alsaconf detects and configs. maestro3? : ^ (


I get " No soundcards found..." after alsaconf detects and configs. maestro3? : ^ (


Running Debian Lenny //config-2.6.26-2-686 on Compaq Presario 1700 laptop, I can hear speaker beeps when logging in and alsaconf appears to work and the fails, running as “su”, root and user in audio group. I have configured alsa to work on other systems and this one just fails:

7# alsaconf
Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-maestro3 snd-ac97-codec snd-seq snd-seq-device snd-pcm snd-timer snd-page-alloc.
Building card database…


Loading driver…
Setting default volumes…
amixer: Mixer attach default error: No such file or directory
Saving the mixer setup used for this in /var/lib/alsa/asound.state.
/usr/sbin/alsactl: save_state:1497: No soundcards found…


===============================================================================

Now ALSA is ready to use.
For adjustment of volumes, use your favorite mixer.

Have a lot of fun!


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I hope to get a resolve for this one, I have looked at numerous posts and bug reports with no final working solution to implement. I will include more detail for clarification.

When I 'lspci -v' the sound card is identified:

00:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1988 Allegro-1 (rev 12)
Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Device 002e
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 5
I/O ports at 1400 [size=256]
Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2
Kernel modules: snd-maestro3

And..

:/# cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound

alias snd-card-0 snd-maestro3
options snd-maestro3 index=0


So, it appears the correct association for sound card 0 is setup, yet continues to error for package applications, and even 'speaker-test':

:/# speaker-test

speaker-test 1.0.16

Playback device is default
Stream parameters are 48000Hz, S16_LE, 1 channels
Using 16 octaves of pink noise
ALSA lib confmisc.c:768parse_card) cannot find card '0'
ALSA lib conf.c:3513_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_card_driver returned error: No such file or directory

ect.,.........

What other parameters can be tested to resolve this issue?
 
Old 11-20-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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Hello JDebianV and welcome to LQ,

I had a similar issue while installing Gentoo on my new laptop. I thougth that the kernel was configure with all necessary modules. It was not!
Since I had Archlinux installed on the same machine, I booted Arch, piped the output of lsmod into a textfile, booted with Gentoo again and reconfigured my kernel. I used "make xconfig" for the kernelconfiguration and compared every module from the lsmod-textfile (with "snd" in its name) with my kernelmodules, after some minutes of searching I found some modules in the "sequencer" part which I had not configured. After rebuilding the kernel everything works properly.
So I'd suggest to boot with a (for example) Ubuntu-LiveDVD, wich surely will configure your soundcard automatically ;-) and look there at lsmod.

Good luck, I hope this works for you

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Old 11-20-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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Thanks Markus for the reply,

I booted with an AntiX M8.5 Live CD and the alsa speaker-test works as well as alsamixer. So, as su I tried: lsmod | grep snd -- and compared the results with same command on Lenny. Only one difference I see - the Lenny lsmod has an additional line/driver : "firmware_class 6816 2 pcmcia,snd_maestro3"

I like AntiX for a light weight desktop and it might work for music projects, although Gnome or KDE are required for several related apps. I want to avoid using GUI as much as possible to reduce latency.

checking....

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Old 11-21-2010, 07:18 PM   #4
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As I have discovered,

On Lenny: /# ls /dev/snd
seq timer

On AntiX /# ls /dev/snd
seq timer pcmC0D0P pcmC0D0C controlC0

when I try to locate pcmC0D0P pcmC0D0C controlC0
they are not found on the Lenny system

With AntiX the sound even works with iceape browser and streams from flash player on web page

How do I get Lenny alsa to install or recognize: pcmC0D0P pcmC0D0C controlC0?
 
Old 11-22-2010, 01:14 AM   #5
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Well, the files in /dev are created at runtime. The nodes for the sound are being created when the apropriate modules find the hardware. In other words: if the node isn't there you're missing one or more kernel-modules. So do what I described in the post above and compare the output of lsmod in Antix with the modules which you've build for the Debian-kernel. You'll have to search in the section "Device drivers -> Sound".

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Old 12-04-2010, 08:20 PM   #6
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When I compare lsmod results, AntiX lists 5 modules not present in the lenny build:

Module Size Used by
acpi_cpufreq 3522 0
processor 23139 1 acpi_cpufreq
fuse 44557 1
ide_gd_mod 16799 4
aufs 108406 1

However, lenny has a few modules loaded that AntiX does not list, like:

firmware_class 6816 2 pcmcia,snd_maestro3

Other than that, both distros appear to have the same snd modules.

My deb repositories don't include "xconfig" when I apt-get.

usr/src has the linux headers and linux-kbuild-2.6.26 for configuration



Thanks again for the reply-Continuing to persist for sound.

Jim
 
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Hello,
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Originally Posted by JDebianV View Post
...However, lenny has a few modules loaded that AntiX does not list, like:

firmware_class 6816 2 pcmcia,snd_maestro3...
snd_maestro3 is a soundmodule.
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My deb repositories don't include "xconfig" when I apt-get.
the xconfig feature belongs to the kernel. But as far as I know it depends on the qt-version, "make menuconfig" will always work.

Markus
 
Old 12-05-2010, 06:51 AM   #8
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Running Knoppix 6.2 live-cd now and the sound works with "speaker-test"
lsmod | grep snd
snd_maestro3 11708 4
snd_ac97_codec 77631 1 snd_maestro3
ac97_bus 702 1 snd_ac97_codec

only lists 3 snd related modules and the sound is working

xconfig can be downloaded from Sourceforge for manual install

I like the gui for editing sections - I want to discover whats blocking the sound on Lenny before I start to change the kernel configs.

I added repository: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian sid main contrib
and was able to apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree and now with iceweasel the flash player on web page works, but still now sound with Lenny

Posted from Knoppix 6.2 live-cd session
 
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Running Knoppix 6.2 live-cd now and the sound works with "speaker-test"
lsmod | grep snd
snd_maestro3 11708 4
snd_ac97_codec 77631 1 snd_maestro3
ac97_bus 702 1 snd_ac97_codec

only lists 3 snd related modules and the sound is working

xconfig can be downloaded from Sourceforge for manual install

I like the gui for editing sections - I want to discover whats blocking the sound on Lenny before I start to change the kernel configs.

I added repository: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian sid main contrib
and was able to apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree and now with iceweasel the flash player on web page works, but still now sound with Lenny

Posted from Knoppix 6.2 live-cd session
 
Old 12-10-2010, 06:45 AM   #10
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the xconfig feature belongs to the kernel. But as far as I know it depends on the qt-version, "make menuconfig" will always work.

Markus
docs say to execute "make menuconfig" from /usr/src/linux directory

and this lenny build does not have that directory:
:/# ls /usr/src

linux-headers-2.6.26-2-common
linux-headers-2.6.26-2-486
linux-kbuild-2.6.26

I get " *** No rule to make target `menuconfig'. Stop. " when I execute "make menuconfig"

How can this be corrected?
 
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I've never worked with Debian but all distribution I used have this directory /usr/src/linux where linux should be a symbolic link to the kernelsources.

I'd recommend to read the documentation of Debian. Look here: http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...h08s06.html.en

Please note that you'll need ncurses installed in order to get "make menuconfig" to work. And please note as well that if your using a terminal in X the terminal has to be big enough.

Markus
 
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As I have discovered, the kernel source is not included by default with Debian release. After adding the kernel source files, I was able to execute xconfig/qconfig and menuconfig.When I compare the _snd modules from the lsmod-textfile, its not clear which modules still need to be configured. Thanks again for your input.
 
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I got a copy of 64Studio 2.1 installed and working well with multiple sound apps even on this older hardware. I started to use a live-CD first and liked it more and more. After installing the full version, I put it on a second PC and created an experimental ambient track with modular synthesis and posted: http://soundcloud.com/vansgo/point-of-neo-return using Ardour, Alsa Modular Synth and amSynth. I consider this solved as the result of installing and alternative Debian OS.
 
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I'm working on getting cs-46xx working.
 
  


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