[SOLVED] Installing ISA soundblaster ESS ES1868 on Ubuntu 12.04
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Hi. I think you can probe to search your module typing in a console:
user# find /lib/modules -file '*snd-es18xx.*'
If this file exist (is the module of kernel for your card) then type:
usr# modprobe snd-es18xx
Then, a message appear about loading this module kernel.
Last, open aumix, kmix, gaumix, alsamixer or other audio tool, and configure sound parameter (volumen, PCM, master audio channel, unmute, etc).
To configure this, you can modify /etc/modules.conf or create a file in /etc/init.d writing the comand
And linking it to directorios rc.1, rc.2, etc.
I hope this was a solution.
Have a nice day.
I'm kinda in the same boat. I recently installed Lubuntu 13.10 on an old Pentium III with an ESS 1868 Audio Drive. The card works fine in Windows XP but not in Linux.
The modprobe commands did nothing so I added snd_es18xx to /etc/modules however when Lubuntu boots it displays a message:
es18xx unable to assign resources
es18xx PnP configure failure (out of resources?)
So I went into the Bios and disabled "PnP OS" so that the card is configured by the Bios. After that there's no message anymore. However one of two things will happen:
1. As soon as the desktop and the mouse cursor show up a faint cackling sound is heard from the speakers and the entire system freezes.
2. Lubuntu boots successfully. When I move the volume control up and down or click on the mute button faint static can be heard. Aplay -l lists the soundcard as installed. Then I try to play a soundfile or a CD and the entire system freezes again. Once or twice I managed to actually play a CD but it sounded horrible, like the Midi music of an old Dos game.
The next thing I tried is turning on "PnP OS" again and disabling the onboard serial and USB ports to free up resources. The results were 100% identical to disabling "PnP OS".
Thank you very much for your help although nothing worked. I finally fixed it by changing the IRQ in the bios because Irfanview and Windows Media Player were using IRQ 9. I tried that and Irfanview and
WMP were going funny, so I changed it back to IRQ 5 and disabled the onboard audio. After that
everything seems to work, Alsa Mixer and Pulse Audio are all active and XP is happy too.
You might have the same problem but I am not sure that that is the problem. I tried so many things
that I don't really know which one actually fixed it.
I had somewhat more success with /sbin/modprobe snd-es18xx. I can now usually play one CD track or one sound file before the system stops responding. The card doesn't seem to take any of the DMA, IRQ etc parameters. Alsamixer always shows it using the same resources no matter what I enter.
PS: The mainboard doesn't have an onboard soundchip.