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Old 05-09-2007, 07:56 AM   #1
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Help me find my audio driver - I did...


I have a MSI 925X Neo Platinum motherboard and I have read two reviews with specifications and apparently the board has:
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'Azalia' 7.1 High Definition Audio, the inclusion of a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
<< Sound card. However is there a command I can use to figure this out?

I am trying to get my sound working, I've installed the bad, good, base and dvd etc plugins from gstreamer, I've installed all the xine plugins and/or libraries, I've read on several debian and ubuntu wiki's about restricted formats and I've installed all those codecs/plugins/libs (whatever you want to call them :P ), I've installed w32codecs, I've installed libdvdcss2 ... No sound at all. This was from a netinstall ( Kernel 2.6.18 ) and it's odd to me that Ubuntu dapper detects my soundcard and Debian 4.0 not..?

When I try "alsaconf" it's an unknown command. I have done apt-cache search alsa, but am not sure which of the hundreds of alsa packages to install...

Help is appreciated
 
Old 05-09-2007, 08:15 AM   #2
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Try the command 'lspci' and look for the audio device in the list. (you may need to be root or use sudo)
 
Old 05-09-2007, 08:17 AM   #3
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Install alsa-driver and alsa-utils.
You could also compile the sound support into kernel.

Check out following link. It's for gentoo but it will give nice idea how to enable ALSA.
 
Old 05-09-2007, 08:54 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by GrapefruiTgirl
Try the command 'lspci' and look for the audio device in the list. (you may need to be root or use sudo)
Thanks, I have tried that before coming here actually in root and for some reason it says command not found. However I'm not sure whether it would display it anyway because it's an on-board sound card.

@Zmyrgel

Thanks, I am trying that as we "speak" will report back with the results.

EDIT: alsa-driver can not be found, I am going to try installing it from source. I did try this earlier but it needed the kernel sources. I searched for it in apt and I *think* I found them, and I installed them, along with some other alsa stuff, including the utils. I will once again report back whether it works or not

EDIT 2: Still not found the kernel sources it seems:

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The file /usr/src/linux/include/linux/version.h does not exist.
Please install the package with full kernel sources for your distribution
or use --with-kernel=dir option to specify another directory with kernel
sources (default is /usr/src/linux).
Where can I find these? I installed this...

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alsa-base - ALSA driver configuration files
alsa-source - ALSA driver sources
linux-tree-2.6.18 - Linux kernel source tree for building Debian kernel images
Thanks for the help...

Last edited by netstrider; 05-09-2007 at 09:10 AM.
 
Old 05-09-2007, 09:06 AM   #5
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Pretty likely it would show up, however, that IS strange that there is no lspci command. You tried it as root I presume? I suppose you could always install lspci, from sourceforge or wherever you like, but... Well, 'lsdev' may also give an indication.
But, I'll look forward to hearing of the results of what you're trying right now, and check back in a bit
 
Old 05-09-2007, 09:58 AM   #6
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Right, for some reason lspci works now, must be because I installed several packages via apt or I did something wrong the previous 5 times I tried. I did log in as root previously and lspci did not work, it works now and:

Code:
deb-etch:/home/uholtz/Sources/alsa-driver-1.0.13# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 925X/XE Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 925X/XE Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FR (ICH6/ICH6R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FR/FRW (ICH6R/ICH6RW) SATA Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce 7600 GT] (rev a1)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 01)
03:02.0 Communication controller: Conexant HCF 56k Data/Fax/Voice/Spkp Modem (Worldwide) (rev 08)
03:03.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 46)
03:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82562ET/EZ/GT/GZ - PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller (rev 03)
I'll check for some drivers from Intel's site and also search http://www.google.com/linux and I'll report back, thanks
 
Old 05-09-2007, 10:03 AM   #7
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I think the Debian's default kernel has the support for the Intel High Definition audio as module. So all you would need to do is to load the module, should be loaded automatically.
You can chekc if the kernel has support for azalia with
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cat /boot/config | grep CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL"
It should give INTEL=m or INTEL=y if kernel has support for the soundcard. If it has support don't compile the driver as they conlict with each other.
 
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I tend to agree with Zmygrel -- in so far as many kernels having support for the 82801 ICH series of chips, and the Intel audio devices in general. If the support is NOT ready-made, it is very close at hand anyway.
 
Old 05-09-2007, 10:23 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zmyrgel
I think the Debian's default kernel has the support for the Intel High Definition audio as module. So all you would need to do is to load the module, should be loaded automatically.
You can chekc if the kernel has support for azalia with
Code:
cat /boot/config | grep CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL"
It should give INTEL=m or INTEL=y if kernel has support for the soundcard. If it has support don't compile the driver as they conlict with each other.
Wasn't too sure about the " at the end of the line so I tried both with and without it:

Code:
deb-etch:/home/uholtz/Sources/alsa-driver-1.0.13# cat /boot/config | grep CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL
cat: /boot/config: No such file or directory
With:

Code:
deb-etch:/home/uholtz/Sources/alsa-driver-1.0.13# cat /boot/config | grep CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL"
>
Just shows that... (I will check back later tonight, going out for the moment)

Last edited by netstrider; 05-09-2007 at 10:25 AM.
 
Old 05-10-2007, 03:07 AM   #10
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Ah, sorry for the typo. There shouldn't be the "-character in the end. Checkout the /boot folder for the correct name of the config file. I currently don't have Debian installed so I don't remember the exact file name. It should be something like config-generic-2.6.18-smp.

Then give the command:
Code:
cat /boot/config-generic-2.6.18-smp | grep CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL
The command should list the current kernels support for Intel High Definition audio driver. If it's 'not set' then you need to install alsa-driver. Otherwise the sound just should work.

You could try to install the alsa-utils and run 'alsaconf' and then 'alsamixer' to unmute the channels.
 
Old 05-10-2007, 05:43 AM   #11
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You could try to install the alsa-utils and run 'alsaconf' and then 'alsamixer' to unmute the channels.
If I had known I should be root to run alsaconf I could have had my sound up and running the first day because I had alsa-utils a long time ago...It showed me some nice graphical interface, asked me whether snd_intel is my card or something legacy...and everything worked from there...Thank you all so much!

 
Old 05-11-2007, 01:57 AM   #12
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Ah, great... If only we would look the most obvious answers first

... opinnion from a man who tried to make his sounds work on Thinkpad T22 and OpenBSD for 2 days before hitting the 'mute' button again
 
Old 05-11-2007, 05:04 AM   #13
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... opinnion from a man who tried to make his sounds work on Thinkpad T22 and OpenBSD for 2 days before hitting the 'mute' button again
That's good ... sound like something I might do...
 
  


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