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Old 06-16-2004, 11:37 PM   #1
ticky87
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Question Fedora 2 won't detect my sound card


Hi, I am completely new to Linux,

I even have an outdated but still pretty good copy of the Complete Idiots Guide to Linux right next to me ) and I just installed Fedora Core 2 last night.
My problem is that for some reason, Linux isn't detecting my Conexant/Riptide sound card. It's the original one from my HP 8766C so I'm pretty sure it should be supported (but I haven't seen a compatibility chart).
I first noticed the problem when I tried to raise the volume on the taskbar but it kept on returning to the lowest setting. Then I found the sound configuration app but it said that no sound card was detected. And ever since, when I log it it tells me there's no sound card. I know the sound card is find because I have a dual-boot with Windows ME (I'm already throughly please with Linux )
 
Old 06-16-2004, 11:57 PM   #2
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Fedora Core 2 uses ALSA. (advanced Linux SOund Architechture)

go to the ALSA homepage on http://sourceforge.net and see if ALSA support your card.
if they do, then download the Alsa-Driver package, compile and install.

(you will need your kernel source, and development tools installed)
 
Old 06-17-2004, 12:29 AM   #3
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I went to sourceforge -- I couldn't find any compatibility charts on that page and then the home page link says Cannot find server. Is there anywhere else to go?
 
Old 06-17-2004, 08:39 AM   #4
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I suggest that you visit

http://linux.maruhn.com/sec/sndconfig.html

And download the sndconfig for Fedora.

Ive used the version for Red Hat 8.0 to
bypass my card detection problems.
Gnome stll reports that there are no solnd cards,
but the sound card is fully usable.

Regards

Chris
 
Old 06-17-2004, 09:24 AM   #5
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Two Options..........

1:

download the alsa-drivers package... un pack it, cd into it. then
"./configure --help"

look at the help about the option "--with-cards="
this will give a list of all the cards it supports, HOWEVER, they are abreviated you may need to look up what the abreviations mean.. or atleast what the abreviation for your card is.

if you find the abreviation, then configure --with-cards='your card'

OR... you can configure without the --with-cards option. it will compile drivers for ever card it supports... HOWEVER this may take a while to compile.

if you go with the alsa-drivers package, after install, make sure you run the snddevices, or configuredevices.. whatever its called. it adds symbolic links in your /dev/folder that are important.

option 2:

is your kernel source installed ?
if kernel source and development tools are installed you can.....

cd /usr/src/linux-(version)
make menuconfig
(select load config from file, and load the config file in /boot/)
navigate to "Device Drivers ---> Sound --> Advanced Linux Sound Architechture --> Pci Devices"

and look if anything resembling your sound card is in there...
if it is, but isnt selected, set it to 'M' (compile as module) and take not of what the module name will be called... un-select all other drivers... exit the config and select SAVE when aksed.

then compile the new kernel

Code:
make bzImage
make modules
make modules_install
make install
then edit your /boot/grub/grub.conf
it will have added the new kernel to the config file itself... however it may have coppied a part that says "root=LABEL=/ " or somthing similar.. this tends only to work with official redhat kernels... change it to read "root=/dev/hda2' or whatever hard drive and partiton your root is installed on.

if your kernel supports the sound card, but fedora chose not to compile it (maybe its a rare / old sound card) then this will fix the porblem.
 
Old 07-06-2004, 05:38 PM   #6
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Sound card detected, but no sound

Dear all,

I am also new to Linux.

Thank you very much for your questions/answers in this forum,
but I still do not know if they are also valid to my computer.

Our group just bought a Dell precision 360n for me, originally installed with Red-Hat-Enterprise.
Everything was fine. However, whenever we peformed "up2date", we got the message:

"There was a fatal RPM install error. The message was:
There was a rpm unpack error installing the package:
dev-3.3.12-1"

Then we rebooted the machine, but could not go through. The following message repeatedly appeared:
"INIT: ld "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes."

Our research computing then helped me and installed fedora. Now the only problem is
"Sound card detected but no sound". The sound card detection shows:

"The following audio device was detected.
Vender: Intel Corp.
Model: 82801EB AC'97 Audio Controller
Module: snd-intel8x0"

But there's no sound when we click the "Play test sound".

The two options given by Guru are very instructive. Do you think we can do the same to
my computer? Or any other suggestions?

Thank you very much for all your help!

Wenge
 
Old 11-09-2004, 05:33 AM   #7
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same

same problem faced with ac97 audio

nobody is helping
 
Old 11-09-2004, 01:02 PM   #8
wen
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Problem has been solved by the help of Dr. Thomas Chung.

see http://fedoranews.org/tchung/dkms/

Wenge
 
  


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