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Thanks to the prompting from this board, I am up and running with Red Hat 9!
I've stumbled through the graphics and printer configurations to my satisfaction, and now I'm trying to get my soundcard to work. It's a Rockwell Riptide that came with the PC I'm using, and apparently the only support is available from Linuxant. Searching the forum archives show that other people have gotten it to work correctly.
I checked my kernel version and got the RPM from the site (still can't post URLs). I even extracted the RPM from the zip and launched it. It asked me for root password (which I provided), and then did something fast... and that's all. The sound card is still not working and still not detected.
Is double-clicking all you have to do to install an RPM? Is there additional configuration I should be doing? The getting started guide talks about modifying /etc/modules.conf -- is this what I do next?
Also, some of the other posts mentioned a utility called lpsci, but I couldn't figure out how to run it. Does this come with the system by default or do I have to install it?
It sucks to be clueless, so I appreciate your help. This is like starting all over again for me.
I managed to get a terminal open, sued to root, and copied the package to the RPM package directory. After that using an 'rpm -i (packagename).rpm' command line per the instructions seemed to work. I even located and ran /usr/sbin/ripconfig. Apparently, some entries were placed in /etc/modules.conf automatically, and I don't want to mess with them.
However, although everything seems to have gone OK, there is no indication that sound is working. The soundcard detection program still does not locate a soundcard, and I can't seem to make any noise come out of the speakers. The speakers DO work (I checked on another machine).
Is it possible the volume is too low? Do I have to reboot?
Just download the rpm's to your home,lets say its k3b<whatever>;
rpm -ivh or -Uvh k3b* <*> this way I don't have to type the <whateverpart>just make sure you only have one k3b in home,david
I ran the volume control and jiggled the main volume slider, while playing some sounds in the sound preferences control panel. This actually brought some sound for the first time!
However, the soundcard seems to intermittently wig out and start playing all kinds of noise. It will spontaneously recover from this. It seems like whenever it happens, a message like this pops up in the 'dmesg' log: