Okay, long post alert, but I thought it best to get all the information down rather than miss things out.
I'm very green, so please keep responses really really basic!
I'm trying to get my CMI8738 soundcard working. Mandrake detected it without me putting any CDRom in the machine. I can see CM8738 listed in Harddrake. However, if I try and play an mp3 using Xmms I get a dialog stating:
Please check that
1-You have the correct output plugin selected
2-No other programs is blocking the soundcard
3-Your soundcard is configured properly
If I select the CM8738 entry in Harddrake there are two buttons - Configure Module and Run Config Tool.
Configure Module brings up a window asking for:
If I click on Run Config Tool it says:
Here you can select an alternative driver (either OSS or ALSA) for your sound card (C-Media Electronics Inc|CM8738). Your card is currently using the ALSA "snd-cmipci" driver (default).
I can only choose "cmpci (CM8x38 Audio Driver)" in this window - there are no other options.
I didn't know what to do next so I went to the C-Media website and downloaded the latest linux driver for this card from www-dot-cmedia-dot-com.tw/edl8738.htm (in the yellow section)
I read the readme which told me to back up files in /usr/src/linux/driver/sound. I don't have a /usr/src/linux folder so I skipped this step. I then created, as root, a new /usr/src/linux directory to allow myself to continue following the steps, and extracted the driver files into that directory as advised in the readme. The readme then told me to "config cm8338 driver by 'make menuconfig', 'make config' or 'make xconfig' command."
I opened konsole and navigated to /usr/src/linux (where the driver files were) and typed the above three "make" commands. Each time I got the error:
\makefile:159: /Rules.make: No such file or directory
make: *** No rule to make target '/Rules.make'. Stop.
What should I do next? I am stuck!