For aureal 8820 and sound see:
and the various links from that page.
To check that your soundcard really is an aureal type in a console this command:
to list all pci devices and scroll down till you find your soundcard.
You have to have the kernel-source rpm installed - in a console as root (type su and then your password) type:
You also have to have the sound module installed. If you type command:
you will get a list of your modules. If it doesn't include sound and soundcore type command:
modprobe sound (??check this is the right command by doing lsmod again)
For Alsa, make sure you read the INSTALL file after bunzip2'ing and tar -xf 'ing. You have to./configure make and make install, ./snddevices and then modprobe snd-au8820 When you ./configure you will need to set various switches. My ./configure was:
./configure --with-isapnp=no --with-sequencer=yes --with-oss=yes --with-cards=au8820
There is a switch available to stop issues with unresolved symbol ...printk. My ./configure command that solved that problem was:
./configure --with-isapnp=no --with-cards=au8820 --with-sequencer=yes --with-oss=yes --disable-verbose-printk
It was the --disable-verbose-printk switch that cured that problem.
From the alsa.org pages you can link to the mailing lists as well as download the files.
I had alsa-***-0.9.8 under Mandrake 9.1 playing sound based on what is on that page and the links from it but after a re-install of Mdk 9,1 am getting unresolved symbol errors.
Also see the Open Vortex pages at:
the Aureal drivers project at:
but note that there is a sugggestion elsewhere that CVS drivers be used instead of the drivers downloadable from this page.
For new Linux users CVS presents a whole new range of challenges, particulalry if they have to surf in Windows because the winmodem in their machine won't connect to the internet!!! The main problem I had was that using wincvs (under windows because that is where I have to surf from) you log in and even though the windo says it exited with code 1 or similar you still checkout the module (which means downloading it to you machine). From there you can try to use the files in the normal way - bunzip2 and tar -xf and if nneds be using khexedit to change gcc2 to gcc3 in the asp*.o files as explained in one of the replies at:
If using drivers from either CVS (Sourceforge or Savannah) also read the full threads at:
A useful command to see what the problems are if your install fails is to type, while in the alsa-driver-0.9.8 directory in a console:
Good luck in getting any Aureal based soundcard working - for me it looks like being much easier to stay with windows: winmodem won't connect even after installing Linuxant hcf driver, HP Photosmart 120 camera not supported, Acer Vuego Brisa scanner not supported. Based on this I don't expect my son's LG MP3 player to be suported or my daughter's new phone. IMHO if you didn't make sure that all your computer components and peripherals were supported by Linux when you bought them, chances are you are going to be an unhappy user this year, although another year of development of "drivers" for components and peripherals might make Linux more feasible.
If all this sounds confusing, thats because that is how I am after spending about 30 hours on this.