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I figured out how I got it to work. XMMS was using the wrong sound driver. It was pushing my onboard sound. I had to reconfigure Linux to use SoundBlaster Live! 5.1. Other than that Mandrake 10 fully supports it here~
I was hoping you might be able to give me some help with the SOundblaster LIve! 5 card with Mandrake 10.1
I have tried some other distributions and I thouhgt I would need to have ALSA 1.06 (I think Mdk 10 has ALSA 1.03). I have gotten further with Mdk 10 then Suse and it seems like the card is installed and the right driver is installed (EMU10k1X) but I am not getting any sound. I have alsamixergui and running as well as kmix and I can't see anyting I have set wrong. I am really excited to be so close to getting it working. Other than getting my palm pilot synching it is the last hurdle on this Dell computer left for my entrance to Linux.
I have seen where some people change PCI slots for IRQ problems but I do not think that is what is stopping me. I have the feelling the card is still muted somewhere.
According to http://opensource.creative.com/soundcard.html there are drivers in ALSA 1.06 and they say the EMU10K1 driver will not work. But i am thinking that the EMU10K1X is the right driver and perhaps I do not need to update to 1.06. If I do I would need a little help as the last time I it with 1.06 rpm's from http://packman.links2linux.org/?action=217 I had conflicts listed and I problaby need to do a urpm instead of irpm (which I am a little skketchy on).
have you run alsaconf in a terminal? (run with root permissions 'su -', enter root password). This should configure the card. Other than that I suggest reading alsa-project.org documentation. Xmms output plugin should be either ALSA or OSS, depending on what version of Xmms you have. With OSS output plugin, you need the PCM slider in an ALSA mixer unmuted and turned up. Also try other sound software besides Xmms to test the sound.
Well I ran alsaconf in root without any problems and although I did not have any volume controls show up during the process it seemed to go okay and I received the message in the console that all was well and have fun with my sound card and alsa. But no sound in either XMMS or KsCD. I think that XMMS is using the OSS output but I do not see an "FM" slider on th alsa mixer panel. Also On that panel the sliders under CD are turned up but the two radio buttons on the top are red. I am not really sure how to change anything using the alsa mixer. I also have the Kmix program and it appears to have setting right for output. I will try looking at alsa page for more instructions as you suggest.
BTW: I do here kind of a thud when ALSA starts on the boot up so hopefully that means something is working. If I look at /sbin/lsmod I see alot of "sound" stuff but it all has the EMU10K1 and not the EMU10Kx variety. Perhaps it is the wrong driver since open creative says this driver will not work - but I got the impression from this post that it would work for SBL 5! Maybe my specific Dell version is no the same. ANyway thanks for your input I will continue to do research.
As alsaconf seems happy, that is an encouraging sign. I have alsamixer - haven't tried the gui version [but they should all work the same]; make sure that you've unmuted the i/o channels you want, besides turning up the volume. In alsamixer I type 'm' to toggle mute/unmute. You'll need the master unmuted and with volume up too.
My apologies for earlier, I've just discovered I meant PCM volume for OSS compatibility, not FM!
If you get sound working, you may need to save the state of the mixer - this might not be necessary for gui mixers [but it can't hurt]:
Otherwise the mixer may go back to muted channels on reboot!
Mixer settings were set the way you described. I also just realised that I have MAndrake 10.0 not 10.1. I read in one post that 10.1 may include Alsa 1.0.6 but did not see it anywhere else from Mandrake themselves. I think I need to get alsa 1.0.6.
Well I guess it is doing better than I thought. Ijust for the heck of tried the line in on the sound card (it takes the output form my tv card) and lo and behold sound is coming out of that. So I am making more progress. I just need to get sound out for the rest of the outputs. I have to go now but let me take another look at the alsa mixer, maybe there is somehting I am missing. When you look at the GUI there are speaker like icons that go "on" and "off" with the 'm' toggle but there are also red circles above some of the sliders (for example my CD player) and I do not know how to toggle those. Any thoughts?