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Nussy 05-09-2004 08:20 PM

Can't get onboard sound to work for the life of me
 
Ok, I'm completely new to linux, and have been using various guides to get me to where I am today. Currently I've got the 2.6.5 kernel running under Slackware 9 but I can't for the life of me figure out the sound stuff.

I went to the ALSA website and followed their directions at (url had to be removed..) on how to set up the snd-via82xx driver, which to my knowledge and with the help of google, I've determined to be the driver I need for the onboard sound on my motherboard.

Whenever I try to go into alsamixer however to unmute everything I get the following error:

"alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device"

When I run KDE with startx on the initialization screen I get an error stating:

"Error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp can't be opened (No such device) "

This leads me to believe that I missed some sort of step to actually set my sound device up....

Any help would be appreciated, and if you need any more system info from me let me know, preferably with the associated command to obtain said information.

Finally, if this has been answered somewhere before, just point me in that direction, I tried searching this forum and found similar but distinctly different topics.

slackwarefan 05-09-2004 08:31 PM

Did you run alsaconf?

Nussy 05-09-2004 08:49 PM

Yes, and it said it couldn't detect a PnP or PCI sound card, which is why I went through all of that.... I suppose I'll try and run it now....

Keep in mind that the simplest things have probably went right past me.

Edit: Nope, still says it can't detect a PnP or PCI card, it also can't detect any Legacy devices either.

At this point I'm contemplating just buying a cheap PCI sound card and slapping it in.

trey85stang 05-09-2004 09:21 PM

what happens when you do the following -

modprobe snd-via82xx


& post the output of

lspci

nixel 05-09-2004 09:39 PM

you compiled the via82xx module for the kernel right? should be under the sound section saying something like "via vt8233 South Bridge" i had trouble finding it, but when you "lspci" it all fell together.

Nussy 05-09-2004 09:44 PM

Quote:

what happens when you do the following -

modprobe snd-via82xx
FATAL: Module snd_via82xx already in kernel.
Quote:

& post the output of

lspci
0:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] System Controller (rev 13)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] AGP Bridge
00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 40)
00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586/B/686A/B PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1a)
00:07.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1a)
00:07.4 SMBus: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 40)
00:08.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
00:08.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Linksys Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 model NC100 (rev 11)
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage IIC AGP (rev 3a)

BittaBrotha 05-09-2004 10:21 PM

Maybe you need to make the driver a module instead of building it into the kernel. When I installed Slackware 9.1 it had sound (using via82 card) working using the default kernel. Which uses modules.

Azmeen 05-10-2004 02:05 AM

Just curious... did you run alsaconf as root or just a normal user?

What are the permissions for /dev/dsp?

trey85stang 05-10-2004 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Nussy
FATAL: Module snd_via82xx already in kernel.

0:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] System Controller (rev 13)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] AGP Bridge
00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 40)
00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586/B/686A/B PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1a)
00:07.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1a)
00:07.4 SMBus: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 40)
00:08.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
00:08.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Linksys Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 model NC100 (rev 11)
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage IIC AGP (rev 3a)

I dont see a via multimedia device..., I would check your bios and make sure onboard sound is enabled.

Second.. I would recompile the kernel and leave alsa out.

Third after the recompile- I would download and install alsa from source. following the instructions from www.alsa-project.org

Nussy 05-10-2004 07:53 PM

Quote:

I dont see a via multimedia device..., I would check your bios and make sure onboard sound is enabled.

Second.. I would recompile the kernel and leave alsa out.

Third after the recompile- I would download and install alsa from source. following the instructions from www.alsa-project.org
I would have never thought to check the bios, thanks. Also, your second and third steps are basically what I did, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try that again.

Thanks for the help everyone.

Son of a gun, it WAS disabled in bios, thank you good sir, I can't believe I overlooked that. Linux... IT SPEAKS.....


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