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Old 01-29-2004, 11:03 PM   #1
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Question Sound Card Not Working


Hello, I just installed a copy of Red Hat Linux 8 that came with the book "Red Hat Linux 8 Bible" by Christopher Negus. My system is: AMD Athlon 2000+ CPU, FIC AN 11 Stealth MoBo, 384 gig DDR RAM, PNY G- Force 2 Video with 64 meg on board mem, and a Samsung 4.3 gb hdd. I used an older hdd, because I didn't have a spare 20gb. Anywho, it installed, and runs pretty good, but I have run across several problems. 1) Though the sound card (VIA model VT8233 AC97 Audio Controller) was correctly identified during install, it stubbornly will not play any sound whatsoever, nor will it allow me to attempt to configure it manually. 2) I went to Red Hat's website to check for an answer, and they said I needed to activate my copy of Red Hat before I could use their resources, but I can't find the product code they require in order to activate it. The code is not on the disks, nor is it in the book. I'm confused. These are just a couple of the probs I've found; there are a few more, but this is enough for now. Can anyone help me out? Thanks!
 
Old 01-29-2004, 11:28 PM   #2
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Have you unmuted your sound channels???

amixer set Master 70% unmute
amixer set PCM 70% unmute
 
Old 01-30-2004, 08:17 AM   #3
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I attempted that. I clicked on the sound mixer icon, and got an error stating that it could not open the mixer. I opened a terminal (signed in as root), and typed in /dev/mixer. Bash came back with Permission Denied. Also, now my NIC is no longer working in linux.
 
Old 01-30-2004, 08:58 AM   #4
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Have you got permission for /dev/mixer and /dev/dsp ???? su to root and type

chmod 666 /dev/dsp*
chmod 666 /dev/mixer*
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:45 AM   #5
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I tried that. I keep getting errors that say it either cannot access the mixer, or that the mixer is missing.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 07:10 PM   #6
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Same problem with this AC'97 sound here. I've change permissions to 666, but the problem remains.

Somebody told me that I must recompile my kernel or to install new one (?? - fine, but which one? )

My current kernel is: 2.4.20-28.9 Red Hat 9.0
 
Old 02-02-2004, 11:17 PM   #7
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what is your lsmod output? Are you using OSS or ALSA?
 
Old 02-03-2004, 04:19 AM   #8
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Well, actually I don't know.
I'm really new in this Linux stuff, so "ismod" talks to me nothing.
And for this drivers (these are drivers, right?) - I don't think I'm using them. I've read about OSS and ALSA, but the first one for me is just a name, and for this ALSA things I've read huge post with how-to that contains scripts and other things that are very hard for me to understand.
So - I don't know.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 08:44 AM   #9
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Tried running sndconfig, or is it sndconf? It frequently sorts things.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 10:03 AM   #10
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massacre su to root then type lsmod with an L but not capitol
or else you can get the same output by typing
cat /proc/modules that is assuming you use the proc filesystem
 
Old 02-20-2004, 10:45 PM   #11
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I still haven't been able to install my mixer; no matter what I try, it keeps telling me that either I don't have permission to install (even signed in as root), or it can't find the mixer to install it. I'm getting kinda frustrated. I can't go online, because the system keeps telling me that I don't have a NIC (even though the hardware config shows it as being installed and working). I'm still a newbie (this is the first distro I've been able to get a desktop working on). I tried Mandrake 8.1 a couple years ago; never got X working. I've got Debian on another hard drive, but it flaked a few minutes after I got it installed. I'm starting to wonder about all of this....
 
Old 02-21-2004, 11:58 PM   #12
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I took care of the problem. I wiped the drive, and installed a copy of Redhat Enterprise Linux Workstation. It installed with no problems, and everything is working great! I know that was a cheesy way to fix the prob, but it worked. Thanks for all the suggestions!
 
Old 03-11-2004, 03:41 PM   #13
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Farquar - Did you do anything special for the sound when you did a clean install? I've done the same thing, can hear the sound test chords, but no music CD's. Even reinstalled XP to check and cd's played fine. Just not in RH 9, WS 3.
 
Old 06-14-2004, 08:01 AM   #14
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sgtbob - Sorry it's taken me so long to reply; I've been in Tasmania since the third week of May, had had no access to my computer. No, I didn't do anything special for the sound when installing Redhat Enterprise that I can remember; Redhat took care of everything all by itself pretty much. Almost easier to install than Windows!
 
  


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