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Kubuntu, fantastic, however I have a ONE and only issue I have spent hours scouring the net with no success in finding a workaround.
I have an NVIDIA NForce 2 based motherboard with onboard sound.
ALSA plays perfectly through onboard sound (NVidia NForce2 Chipset),
but my M-AudioPhile 2496 does not play, however is succesfully
detected in all forms.
foreman@ubuntuJFF:~$ cat /proc/asound/cards
0 [nForce2 ]: NFORCE - NVidia nForce2
NVidia nForce2 with ALC655 at 0xef001000, irq 21
1 [M2496 ]: ICE1712 - M Audio Audiophile 24/96
M Audio Audiophile 24/96 at 0xc000, irq 18
KInfoCenter, shows a similar story. However it shows the Synth mode is
disabled. Other posts for installing an ICE Envy VIA chip card
shows the synth should be enabled.
How do I tell Alsa, to make the M-Audio the default soundcard to play
Also, I tried running "alsaconf" and after doing a whereis
command it is not found... Yet if I try "apt-get install alsaconf" it
will say the alsa-utils are installed and upto date.' So I can't do
anything that way.
P.S. Solved below, ARTS in KDE/Kubuntu hates my Card, whereas GNOME and ALSA behave well with regular Ubuntu. Had to re-install dumping Kubuntu infavor of Ubuntu from ISO CD.
I would still like to know which .conf or whatever to edit, and I was reading and reading about the index=0 and all that for the files, but I can find where something like modules.conf is stored in ubuntu and although I found /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base and a few other similar files, I'm not sure which one to edit...
But I will try the BIOS idea it never even occurred to me!
P.S. If anyone does know how to set the index priority that would be excellent incase someday (having a recording studio) I need both cards.
I've been messing about with asoundrc files myself (getting software mixing working so I can have two apps playing sound at the same time etc).
Anyway, as I said above, you can name your cards in /etc/asound.conf or ~/.asoundrc
As an example, you might have something like:
In your ALSA aware apps, you can then use 'maudio' or 'nforce' as the output device, and you should get output from the appropriate device. N.B. a lot of apps don't work properly under ALSA, so you might not be able to use these names.