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Old 09-30-2004, 11:15 AM   #1
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audigy card hell

Ive been having this problem for months and have finally given up and decided to post here. I use Debian Sarge Business Card for my installer. The problem is persistent in kernels 2.4 all the way through 2.6.8.

Here is my problem: I do my install bare-bones and do a big apt-get when my first console comes up. I make sure I have all the proper compilers kernel source and headers, alsa-base alsa-utils alsa-headers and alsa. When done everything works fine, great sound etc etc. But it took me a while to figure this out.. I can reboot into linux as many times as needed and sound still works perfectly, problem is, when i boot into windows and come back to linux my sound is broken, as in linux does not see my card. Ive used alsaconf (doesn't work) and alsactl restore (natta), and pretty much any sollution on these forums and google to remedy my situation but still no luck. I also had a friend (who is more prolific at nix than me) compile alsa from source and have the exact same issue. The issue of not having sound is keeping me from converting completely to linux (aside from a couple games) and Id love to figure out a sollution that doesn't involve another reinstall

Also Ive tried shutdown instead of reboot out of windows as suggested recently and still the same problems.

again Im running debian sarge 2.6.8-1-k7 kernel, source, and headers.
my hardware specs:

biostar m7ncd nforce2 motherboard onboard sound is disabled in bios (and onboard audio codec is jumpered off)
amd 3200 barton
1gb hyper x ram
geforce 5900 ultra
audigy2 platinum (I dont use the breakout box)


0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (different version?) (r ev c1)
0000:00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 0 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 4 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 3 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 2 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 5 (rev c1)
0000:00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 ISA Bridge (rev a4)
0000:00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce2 SMBus (MCP) (rev a2)
0000:00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
0000:00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
0000:00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
0000:00:04.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Ethernet Controller (rev a1)
0000:00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 External PCI Bridge (rev a3)
0000:00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce2 IDE (rev a2)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (rev c1)
0000:01:09.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)
0000:01:09.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy MIDI/Game port (re v 04)
0000:01:09.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Creative Labs SB Audigy FireWire Port (rev 04 )
0000:02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV35 [GeForce FX 5900 Ultra] (rev a1)

here is my lsmod

floppy 60304 0
nvidia 4821236 12
ipv6 262340 8
nfs 192960 1
lockd 64520 2 nfs
sunrpc 152612 4 nfs,lockd
af_packet 22600 2
eth1394 21768 0
ohci1394 35588 0
ieee1394 111352 2 eth1394,ohci1394
emu10k1_gp 3648 0
gameport 4736 1 emu10k1_gp
snd_emu10k1 98312 0
snd_rawmidi 25380 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_pcm 97480 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_timer 25540 1 snd_pcm
snd_seq_device 8264 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_rawmidi
snd_ac97_codec 69572 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_page_alloc 11720 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_pcm
snd_util_mem 4608 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_hwdep 9476 1 snd_emu10k1
snd 57380 8 snd_emu10k1,snd_rawmidi,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_seq_device,snd_ac97_codec,snd_util_mem,snd_hwdep
soundcore 10400 1 snd
pciehp 97388 0
shpchp 100780 0
pci_hotplug 34352 2 pciehp,shpchp
forcedeth 17600 0
joydev 9856 0
ehci_hcd 31364 0
mousedev 10444 1
tsdev 7360 0
usbhid 32000 0
ohci_hcd 21380 0
usbcore 118308 5 ehci_hcd,usbhid,ohci_hcd
nvidia_agp 7836 1
agpgart 34536 2 nvidia_agp
parport_pc 35328 0
parport 41544 1 parport_pc
evdev 9600 0
nls_iso8859_1 4096 1
ntfs 102164 1
capability 4616 0
commoncap 7296 1 capability
ide_cd 42528 0
cdrom 40284 1 ide_cd
rtc 12728 0
reiserfs 244880 2
ide_generic 1472 0
ide_disk 19264 6
amd74xx 14108 1
ide_core 138788 4 ide_cd,ide_generic,ide_disk,amd74xx
unix 28596 420
font 8448 0
vesafb 6688 0
cfbcopyarea 3776 1 vesafb
cfbimgblt 3072 1 vesafb
cfbfillrect 3712 1 vesafb

my dmesg can be found here

I did notice the irq errors but I find that odd because Im only using 1 pci device which is the audigy and I have switched around the slots just to make sure. I have a feeling this whole ordeal has somthing to do with my motherboard, but then again what do I know.

Thank you for your time and I appreciate all replies!

Old 09-30-2004, 12:09 PM   #2
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I wish I knew how to get sound working on my Audigy just once. I'm still a sound newbie, don't even know how ALSA works.

But I do know that the Audigy cards use a different processor -- the Emu10k2 and not the emu10k1 in your module list. Since Debian and Windows are surely not interacting with each other, then perhaps Windows changes something in the card itself, I have no idea how these things work, but perhaps there is some kind of in-card flash memory that the OS talks with, which is preventing the Linux kernel from succeeding.

In my cursory research to learn how to get Audigy cards to work, I read on a German forum that someone went to load a driver from and recompiled his kernel or something like that. Have you looked around for more recent drivers than for the emu10k1 (which is for the SB Live! cards)?

Any links or advice that you can send my way to help me get sound configured would be appreciated. I can't run sndconfig, see here (in-forum link, 6th post in thread). I just get the "You don't seem to be running a kernel with modular sound enabled. (soundcore.o was not found in the module search path). To use sndconfig, you must be running a kernel with modular sound, such as the kernel images shipped with Debian Linux or a 2.2 or greater kernel." I'm also running a very recent 2.6 kernel: 2.6.8-1-686-smp.

Hope it helps spark an idea...
Old 10-01-2004, 05:09 PM   #3
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