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Old 09-04-2005, 02:50 PM   #1
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Thumbs down sound card problems

i just moved my computer down stairs every thing seemed to go well with the moving part, no hard blows were encountered. but, there were all kind of problems when i turned it on. previous to moving my computer was able to play sound. now, after the move, i am having sound issues.

at first when i started the computer, for reasons unknown, the kernel went in to panic. i had ran into this sometimes before using other flavours of linux. so i just turned the computer off and killed all the power it took a couple of tries but i finally got it to start up.

the BIOS was complaining about the cpu being unrecognized, so i went in and changed it to 300Mhz 'cause thats what it is. i had some minor other issues while doing this all of which i seemed to have fixed.

now, my question is, how can i check to see if the sound card is in fact being detected? a couple of times when i was able to start X i went in and tried to play some MP3's and i would either sound plugin not configured, or something is blocking it or nothing at all. i have seen that before with Red Hat. but, even when it did it with Red Hat i was able to get it to work by just clicking on the MP3 again.

does any one have any idea what trouble shooting i can do to get this back up and running? i tried two other sound cards and with no avail. i tried lsmod to see if there was a sound card there and the only thing that came close was:

soundcore 3428 4 [esssolo1]

could the BIOS have something to do with this problem?

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Old 09-04-2005, 05:59 PM   #2
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If all was working before you moved it, and now after the move things are not working, check and recheck the physical connections.

Put the original sound card back if it is not there now. Any other sound card may require different drivers loaded in order to function. Go with the original one to simplify the problem.

As for the BIOS, you may have an old battery. It is well worth the time and money to remove the cover, find it, and get your self a new one. You will need to check the BIOS settings. Most of them have a factory default, and unless you have made changes, they are a good place to start.

To see if linux can 'see' the card, from a command line type lspci and post the results. I'm assuming it is a PCI bus card and not an older ISA bus card. If it is integrated on the system board, it is likely a PCI bus card. If it is a ISA card, I don't think there are BIOS settings for it. BTW, you may need to check the IRQ setting for the card. On some systems you can change them in the BIOS.

My experience with the blocking sound issue is usually caused by another application using the sound card.

Hope this helps.
Old 09-04-2005, 06:16 PM   #3
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well thanks Cliff i actually did exactly what you said before your reply. i checked to make sure the card was firmly in it's spot and took the other one out. i had changed the battery previous to posting this so i knew that wasn't the issue any more. i messed around in the BIOS and restarted the computer, every thing seems to be working correctly now.

i appreciate the quick response though.

Cheers mate!



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