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My sound card is a Creative Soundblaster Audigy. Whenever sounds like MP3s play on Mandrake 9.2, the sound is noticeably duller than normal.
So I've tried downloading the latest ALSA drivers, version 0.9.3, and installing them, but after I followed the instructions and rebooted, a message popped up saying something like "Sound device could not be found, continuing with null output." I haven't had much success with previous ALSA installation attempts on Mandrake 9.1 and SuSE 8.2 either.
The nVidia drivers installation sticky in this Newbie forum is very helpful indeed. It'd be very nice if someone could likewise post an ALSA driver installation guide.
CVS is code that can be checked out (downloaded) that is usually very unstable (or can be) and is the developer's version of whatever it may be. In general, you can avoid using CVS unless there is some feature in the CVS code of your package that is not in the regular version or you want to check it out for testing purposes or help develop.
So stick with 0.9.8 for now and ignore the cvscompile stuff
Thanks all of you for your helpful tips.Sadly I haven't had progress. My source, headers, and gcc are all fine and I'm thinking about doing make clean in all ALSA directories and then going over the whole process again.
There is one curious thing though. In the Quick Install guide at http://alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/doc...module=emu10k1
it tells the user to make a directory /usr/src/alsa and copy the ALSA source code into it. I'm not sure if this is really necessary, and I didn't do this anyway because I couldn't find the ALSA source code.
Is this step really necessary? If so, where can the ALSA source be found? I've downloaded the ALSA drivers, libs, and utils tarballs.
I still haven't got sound coming out of my Sound Blaster Audigy yet. Sound did come out before I attempted to install latest ALSA drivers, but it was dull. And a couple of weeks ago, I thought installing nVidia drivers was hard enough! (Now I've got em.)