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Old 11-27-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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sound drivers for Ubuntu


I am new to the Linux world and i am having trouble finding and installing sound drivers for my new computer.

I have a

Asus mother board P5KPL/1600 running an
Intel core 2 duo E8500 3.16
Asus EAH3450 512gb graphics card

I no longer want to be a slave to microsoft.

please help. I want to get the best out of my machine running Ubuntu 8.4

Where can i find drivers to run.
 
Old 11-28-2008, 02:01 AM   #2
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Where can i find drivers to run.
Most common 'drivers' come with the OS. Ubuntu ships with may pre-compiled modules to make sound work.

First you have to know what sound hardware you have. To find out, open a command prompt. Run the commad '/sbin/lspci | grep audio' ( commands are run without quotes ) just enter what is between the quotes.

On the system I'm on now, it looks like this...

Quote:
bash-3.1$ /sbin/lspci | grep audio
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller
Your output will differ, you probably have an Intel HD audio controller. ( Just a guess ).

Next, to find out if there is a loaded driver. Run the command '/sbin/lsmod grep | snd'

On My system this looks like this..

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bash-3.1$ /sbin/lspci | grep audio
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 12)
bash-3.1$ /sbin/lsmod | grep snd
snd_seq_dummy 6660 0
snd_seq_oss 32896 0
snd_seq_midi_event 10112 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 50256 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_pcm_oss 40352 0
snd_mixer_oss 17920 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_intel8x0 31900 2
snd_ac97_codec 98724 1 snd_intel8x0
snd_mpu401 10216 0
snd_mpu401_uart 10496 1 snd_mpu401
ac97_bus 5760 1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_rawmidi 22560 1 snd_mpu401_uart
snd_pcm 72068 4 snd_pcm_oss,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
snd_seq_device 10380 4 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi
snd_timer 22532 3 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 47716 14 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_mpu401,snd_mpu401_uart ,snd_rawmidi,snd_pcm,snd_seq_device,snd_timer
snd_page_alloc 11528 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
soundcore 9824 1 snd
You will get very little if there is no module loaded to support your card.

Once we know what the card is, then we go to the Alsa site, find out what driver you need. If it comes with Ubuntu, then we use the command 'modprobe moduleneame' to load it.

If the driver did not come with Ubuntu, there may be source available. Then you get the source, compile the driver and load it.

Once a driver is loaded, you load a mixer, make sure the volume is un-muted, turn up the volume, and it should play.

For some very new hardware, sometimes there is no driver. Then you have to either write one, or wait for one to become available.

See what the commands tell you. Post the results. We'll go from there.
 
Old 11-28-2008, 07:58 AM   #3
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What distro are you using? The audio might be installed but need tweaking. On my Debian Etch laptop, Alsa was installed but I still had no audio. I had to add options to adjust in Alsa's config panel and then uncheck "external amplifier" which was selected by default.

 
Old 11-28-2008, 08:01 AM   #4
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I read your post 3 times looking for the distro, and finally saw it after I replied. Sorry about that, I'm still on my first cup of coffee.

 
  


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