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Old 09-08-2003, 10:52 AM   #1
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Angry Getting the sound to work on a Latitude CPi running Mandrake 9.0


I had windows xp loaded on this prior to trying out linux mandrake and had sound coming out of the speakers at the sides of this laptop, however since loading mandrake on it, I've managed to get most things sorted except for the sound - any tips please??? I'm more accustomed to Windows and loading device drivers for things like sound - is there an equivalent setup in linux? I've got the CD player working, but no sound comes out. Also tried opening the mixer thing, but I can't add any sliders, so I'm assuming that the sound 'driver' is not loaded. Please help, and yes I'm a total noob...
 
Old 09-09-2003, 07:09 AM   #2
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Re: Getting the sound to work on a Latitude CPi running Mandrake 9.0

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I had windows xp loaded on this prior to trying out linux mandrake and had sound coming out of the speakers at the sides of this laptop, however since loading mandrake on it, I've managed to get most things sorted except for the sound - any tips please??? I'm more accustomed to Windows and loading device drivers for things like sound - is there an equivalent setup in linux? I've got the CD player working, but no sound comes out. Also tried opening the mixer thing, but I can't add any sliders, so I'm assuming that the sound 'driver' is not loaded. Please help, and yes I'm a total noob...
Hmm first define what soundcard is installed (if it is a PCI card) try lspci -v

This will list al PCI cards, assuming that it might be a PCI card.

Also try to start the mixer as root (only once) to make sure that it's not a permission issue.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 08:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Dave,

This is a dell latitude CPi D300XT 300MHz and has on board sound - in the bios it says the audio controller is a Crystal 4237B, so I suppose I am looking for the driver for that. I guess its not a separate PCI card I am looking for a driver for.

Opening the mixer as root (KMix) still does not show any sliders - File, add Mixer, there is nothing in the list, and the message 'Invalid mixer entered' displays.

lspci - v lists all the devices, but nothing relating to sound is there. Is there a way to scan hardware and list any unknown devices, and install the drivers for them? Any info on where to get such drivers would really help too.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 02:24 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply Dave,

This is a dell latitude CPi D300XT 300MHz and has on board sound - in the bios it says the audio controller is a Crystal 4237B, so I suppose I am looking for the driver for that. I guess its not a separate PCI card I am looking for a driver for.

Opening the mixer as root (KMix) still does not show any sliders - File, add Mixer, there is nothing in the list, and the message 'Invalid mixer entered' displays.

lspci - v lists all the devices, but nothing relating to sound is there. Is there a way to scan hardware and list any unknown devices, and install the drivers for them? Any info on where to get such drivers would really help too.
As far as I now, there's not. You might see something on booting up, this can be displayed with: dmesg |less [which will show you all messages at boot time. Have you ever had contact with dell about linux drivers ? BTW try sndconfig, does it help ?

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Old 09-09-2003, 07:21 PM   #5
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Hi Penguin76,

Just a couple of thoughts that may help. I'm not that experienced a Linux user and I'm using Mandrake 9.1.

Just wondering what GUI you are using?? The reason I ask is that in KDE for example, as far as I know you should get some sort of error message when logging into KDE if the sound drive is not installed.

Also I had a sound problem with my desktop PC just recently where I couldn't get any sound. It turned out that all sound had been muted. This was fixed with a program called aumix which I found under the menu multimedia -> sound ( I think, not on my home PC right now)

Cheers.
 
Old 09-10-2003, 03:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply dudds,

I might try upgrading to 9.1 first and see if that sorts it out. I am using KDE - I also remember not seeing any options letting me configure the sound when I installed this.

Anyway - calling all Dell Latitude Mandrake users out there - any other ways to configure sound - PLEEEEEAAAASSSSEEE!!!
 
Old 09-10-2003, 03:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for the reply dudds,

I might try upgrading to 9.1 first and see if that sorts it out. I am using KDE - I also remember not seeing any options letting me configure the sound when I installed this.

Anyway - calling all Dell Latitude Mandrake users out there - any other ways to configure sound - PLEEEEEAAAASSSSEEE!!!
sndconfig does that work for you?
 
Old 09-11-2003, 08:36 AM   #8
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I am logged in as root, opened up Konsole, and at the prompt [root@localhost root]# I type sndconfig, and it returns 'bash: sndconfig: command not found'. Have I got something missing in my setup if its not recognising this command?
 
Old 09-11-2003, 08:56 AM   #9
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I am logged in as root, opened up Konsole, and at the prompt [root@localhost root]# I type sndconfig, and it returns 'bash: sndconfig: command not found'. Have I got something missing in my setup if its not recognising this command?
No ... your not missing anything ... I hope ... :-)

(1) open a terminal window and use the "setuptools" utility if present

(2) open Mandrake Control Center, and go to the "Hardware" item shown on the left of the main panel, click on Hardware, then expand the sound card item in the list; you will see a sound card in the right pane as long as Mandrake picked up the card upon installation. you should also see the card listed as a sub-item in the left pane. click on the sound card in the left pane and hit the configure button in the right pane.

Hope this helps
 
Old 09-23-2003, 07:32 AM   #10
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I don't have a sound card option in the mandrake control centre - theres nothing there to configure. Just to be sure, I've swapped the HDD and reloaded XP on this one - it detects the Crystal WDM audio fine, so I don't think this is a faulty hardware issue. I might try loading redhat on it instead and have a play around with that to see if it makes a difference.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 05:09 PM   #11
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I don't have a sound card option in the mandrake control centre - theres nothing there to configure. Just to be sure, I've swapped the HDD and reloaded XP on this one - it detects the Crystal WDM audio fine, so I don't think this is a faulty hardware issue. I might try loading redhat on it instead and have a play around with that to see if it makes a difference.
It's almost unbeliveable, that mandrake wouldn't reconise the soundcard, but if you have the chance to try this with RH, then do it. I didn't mention that it might be a hardware issue, but if the card isn't listed at all, then it might be that the card isn't supported.

Hope this helps,
 
Old 09-24-2003, 05:19 PM   #12
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I am running RH 8.0 on your same laptop, and it doesn't do sound.
The solution must be somewhere else
 
Old 10-19-2003, 12:56 PM   #13
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OK, been a while since my last post, but I have finally got round to downloading and installing RH9, and after all that still no sound. I've installed RH and Mandrake twice each, and using pretty much the default settings for a normal PC setup. I guess there must be an incompatibility between linux and the sound chip on this latitude. If anyone out there has had any joy getting the sound to work on a latitude, please please tell me how to do it. I really want to explore the multimedia capabilites of linux, but without sound, I'm pretty much stumped. I'll try loading it on a normal PC instead.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 02:56 PM   #14
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Penguin76

Got sound working on Dell Latitude CPi 266XT using Alsa with RH9

Here's some reading for you

Alsa Homepage
http://www.alsa-project.org/

Alsa Tutorial
http://howto.lycos.com/lycos/step/1,...+17335,00.html
http://howto.lycos.com/lycos/step/1,...+17338,00.html
http://howto.lycos.com/lycos/step/1,...+17339,00.html

Good source of information
http://datamining.csiro.au/linux/dlcpid300xt.html

Have fun
Pete
 
Old 10-20-2003, 04:12 PM   #15
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Thanks for the advice Pete, but still I am running into problems. Have got the driver, utility and library files from alsa OK, but trying to follow the instructions is a bit tricky - firstly I don't have a /usr/src/linux directory, and make xconfig doesn't do anything. Did you find that the Cirrus Logic 4237B is the same as Crystal 4237B chipset for the latitude - if this is the case then I guess it is supported by alsa. A lot of the links seem to refer to debain - is this loads different to redhat - I've only been messing around with linux for a few weeks, so I've no idea. Further comments from anyone are welcome please
 
  


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