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I know this one has been beaten to death, but perhaps that means someone will have an easy time shedding light on my situation. I have a fairly fresh install of rh8.0 on a dell dimension 8250 with a Soundblaster Live! 5.1 on board, and I get no sound.
I installed and am using KDE 3.1, though I can't get sound in gnome either. The kernel is 2.4.18-14.
Here is what I have done so far:
- Installed emu10k1, alsa driver/lib/utils 0.9.0rc8 (I did this from source/non-rpm because I could not rebuild the driver src rpm from freshrpms for some reason).
- Run alsamixer to unmute the various channels
- Edited /etc/modules.conf, here are the edited portions:
# ALSA portion
alias char-major-116 snd
alias snd-card-0 snd-emu10k1
# module options should go here
# OSS/Free portion
alias char-major-14 soundcore
alias sound-slot-0 snd-emu10k1
# card #1
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss
post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
- From the KDE control center, I've disabled the arts sound server.
- I've disabled redhat-config-soundcard so I don't accidentally mess with alsa
- Running '/etc/init.d/alsasound start' tells me that the alsa driver is indeed running.
- 'cat *somebigfile* > /dev/dsp' gives me nothing
- I've tested sound in my windows partition. It works great so it's not a hardware issue
No errors logged anywhere that I can find (syslog, dmesg), and none at the command line - I pipe some input to /dev/dsp, wait for time proportional to size of input, and control returns to shell. Do you know where the errors should be logged?
I could be wrong, but I thought redhat-config-soundcard was supposed to be a direct upgrade to sndconfig (the former did not fix the prob). I will try sndconfig though (I know upgrades aren't always improvements across all situations).
The report is in on sndconfig - I haven't gotten it to fix the problem. Part of the reason may be that I can't seem to fully undo the changes that I made while installing the alsa driver. Sndconfig finds emu10k1 which it does not support, rather than the Soundblaster/unknown device message that I used to get with redhat-config-soundcard (prior to alsa installation).
Model: Unknown vendor|Generic
not currently supported
I have re-edited my modules.conf to take out all references to alsa-related modules and I have uninstalled the alsa driver/libs/utils.
Any further advice will be appreciated - either suggesting ways to get rid of the remaining alsa residue or the "plan B" that was previously mentioned.
No answers, sorry. I didn't want to pay either (although the opensound demo did do the trick), and after investing a large portion of three workdays into this problem I decided to call it sunk cost. Now I just hook my headphones into an adjacent Mac. Fortunately, the only sound I need is streaming radio.