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I have run a gamut of possible solutions but seem to have reached the end of my rope so here goes:
I am trying to get Alsa running with an onboard Envy 24 sound card. There are various Maudio pci cards that are supported (with this chipset) but no onboard. This doesn't appear to be a problem however as the soundcard is found and modprobe.conf is automatically set up correctly with the snd-ice1724 module using alsaconf. Whenever I run alsamixer though is where it goes poorly with a
alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device
error. However I try running the ./snddevices script to no avail (same error). I check lsmod | grep snd
So the module is loaded fine. Now the key here is that when I look to see if there is a card (cat /proc/asound/cards) then I get a poopoey
--- no soundcards ---
Also an /etc/init.d/alsasound restart shows this:
Shutting down sound driver: /usr/sbin/alsactl: save_state:1061: No soundcards found...
Starting sound driver: snd-ice1724 done
No mixer config in /etc/asound.state, you have to unmute your card!
Why the change of heart alsa? You find my soundcard and configure it properly (alsaconf) yet you then forget it is there(alsasound and cat /proc/asound/cards)? Any help is Greatly appreciated, thanks.
Soundcard: Via (VT1720) Envy 24PT Onboard
Motherboard: Chaintech ZNF3-150 Nforce3
Fedora Core 1
1.0.3 ALSA driver
1.0.3b ALSA lib
1.0.3 ALSA utils
aumix output: 'aumix: error opening mixer'
amixer: Mixer attach default error: No such device
presence of /dev/mixer /dev/dsp and /dev/snd/: Affirmative
presence of /etc/as*: negative
I have to say Bana mate, I also found alsa very buggy. That was one of the reasons that made me drop Slack 9.1 and go back to 9.0. Today, using Libranet 2.8.1, I've to face the same problem with Alsa. I have a Sound Blaster Audigy, an ok card. I did "alsaconfig" to setup the card then "alsamixer" to put the mixers up.
It did not work at first. I cannot remember the number of times that I've rebooted and reinstalled alsa drivers. Now, for no apparent reason, it's "working", problem is, the mixers is not doing shit, so I cannot volume up or down with keyboard shortcuts as I could before and I've to increase/decrease sound via speakers, which is annoying.
Slackware 9.0 and hotplug could set that card up without a problem. 9.1 brought us the pain alsa is and so did Libranet. I tried to enable sound blaster on the kernel to skip to use alsa drivers, but no go. All I can recommend you is to reinstall alsa and do this lame process over and over...
I would love to hear from others how they did to get sound working though...
What options are set on the sound menu when you compiled the kernel? It's best to select sound support as a module and then select nothing else (answer no to everything else on the sound menus). If any sound modules are built into the kernel it can prevent the user space Alsa modules loading. If you've already covered this and I didn't see it in your post I apologise. You seem to have been very thorough. Good luck.
Originally posted by Bana Yes, that is what I had in my kernel config, only the 'Sound card support' as a module and ' Advanced Linux Sound Architecture' as a module, should I try removing the ALSA one?
Mr Angry: How did you get aplay to work? I just get
aplay: main:502: audio open error: No such device
Arghh, I really hope I can get this working (with everyone's help) as I don't think that the old OSS drivers support my card and I really don't want to use those proprietary 4front ones yuck...
how are your permissions set on /dev/dsp /dev/snd /dev/mixer??