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Old 04-17-2006, 06:51 AM   #1
rfdparker2002
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Getting 5.1


I have Mandrivia Linux 2006 (Free Edition) and XP. I recently purchased a Trust (SC-5200) 5.1 Surround Sound Card, it had front, rear and centre connections, I plugged stereo speakers into each. Of course the drivers disk was for windows as XP didn't reconise it, but even after installing the drivers only front worked, so I got bored of it and restarted into Linux. Which automatically without any questions or anything had the card working, well front and rear that is but centre still doesn't work, and I don't know to get it to work, there's nothing about it in configure your deskop (KDE Control Centre) or Configure your computer (Mandrivia Control Centre). Can anyone help please?
 
Old 04-17-2006, 09:57 AM   #2
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I believe that Mandriva uses ALSA in recent editions, so try firing up a root terminal and typing
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alsaconf
This generally does a decent job of configuring the sound card; maybe not the best, but I believe it got me 5.1 from my Audigy 2 straight off the bat. YMMV of course.
 
Old 04-19-2006, 05:00 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help, but when I try this it dosen't reconise the command:
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[root@robert rfdparker2002]# alsaconf
bash: alsaconf: command not found
 
Old 04-19-2006, 05:15 AM   #4
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try su - to login as root, assuming it's env and more importantly it's path
 
Old 04-19-2006, 05:30 AM   #5
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Thanks but I already had done su thats why it says "root@robert...". Sorry, but this may sound a bit stupid, but I'm quite new to linux, (well I have used it about 5 years ago, but kept stopping, but now finally, it is really my primary OS) what do you mean by "...assuming it's env and more importantly it's path"?
 
Old 04-19-2006, 06:25 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by rfdparker2002
Thanks but I already had done su thats why it says "root@robert...". Sorry, but this may sound a bit stupid, but I'm quite new to linux, (well I have used it about 5 years ago, but kept stopping, but now finally, it is really my primary OS) what do you mean by "...assuming it's env and more importantly it's path"?
If you use the '-' argument to su, it means that the environment variables are set up to what that user would normally have - from the man page: " The optional argument - may be used to provide an environment similar to what the user would expect had the user logged in directly." If you don't give the argument (the default option), you merely get that user's privileges.

This may or may not work - it depends on whether you have the program installed. It's not a core part of ALSA, and the actual sound-making bits work fine without it. In Debian, it was in a package called alsa-tools (or possibly alsa-utils); I'm not sure what the package system is in Mandriva, but if you can try and find some package along these lines that might help.
 
Old 04-19-2006, 06:38 AM   #7
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yeah sorry i should have said
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su -
 
  


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