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I've had issues with Linux and my sound card forever. ANY distro I install does not support my sound card *apparently*. I have an Aztech 2320 ISA PnP. I've been all over the map with distros: RedHat 7.3, Mandrake 9.1, CollegeLinux (Slackware-ish) 2.3 & 2.5, and currently, I'm running Mandrake (Mandriva) 10.1.
I would greatly appreciate some help, but PLEASE don't tell me to do the ALSA thing (go to the alsa web-site, and set it up there.). I've done it, and it's still not working. I'm not 100% fluent in linux, but I have an above average understanding of it.
The error I get (on boot) is: Cannot open device driver /dev/dsp
I've always gotten that error. ALSA claims to support it in their most recent version, it apparently doesn't. I've browsed the net looking for people with the same problem, and there are apparently quite a few. But, all the help that those people were offered didn't work for me.
Most of this relates to installation, but with a modern distro this should be done already. You almost certainly do not need to install ALSA yourself. The exact distro is irrelevant - only the kernel version matters. If you type 'uname -r' you will see what you have. The only difference between distros is in the graphical setup and auto-detection, but non of those systems will ever set up this old card so forget trying to use them.
So grab a root shell and try the following 4 commands in order:
dmesg | tail
$ modprobe snd-azt2320
bash: modprobe: command not found
It looks like you are not root. You need to be root to load kernel modules.
This one is the command to load the driver, so the next two commands will not tell you anything useful until one above succeeds.
The first command simply checked that the module was on the system, which it is.
Well there you go - your card is configured, as revealed by the output from the last command. Looks like just doing the modprobe was enough to make it work.
Now you need to work out how to auto-load the module on boot. This varies from distro to distro and I don't know Mandriva very well, but look for a file named /etc/modules or something in /etc/modprobe.d to edit.