how is /dev/dsp created?
ok, i've been using linux on and off for a while, but now i'm making an effort to get it working 100% and use it. i have a asus motherboard with onboard sound using the nforce4 chipset. in the kernel there are alsa drivers for it. so i enable them as modules, and then after i boot, i run alsaconf, it finds the driver and configures it for me, and after that i have sound. now the problem is, i'm using vmware workstation, and it looks for sound in /dev/dsp. i want to know more about when that is created, and why? will i ever have a /dev/dsp set up, if i configure the sound in this way? also, if i wanted those drivers to be built directly into the kernel, how would i configure the sound. if i run alsaconf with those things built in directly as opposed to modules, it cant find them. should sound just be available at boot up then?