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Old 02-26-2006, 01:48 PM   #1
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Installing Sound Card


I am new to linux world... A friend helped me to install Linux on my machine... I think it was istalled in Nov 2004 a day after the new distribution of Debian arrived. My friend installed Sid on my machine and everything worked fine, however, we could not install the sound card... as a result I have not been able to play sound on my computer. In last one year I have not touched the box much, and now I think it is time I should see if I can get it going.

I would hihgly appreaciate if someone can tell me how to isntall sound card drivers on my Sid machine. It is a Dell machine called Dimention 300. My Service Tag is H6T3Y51, and at http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx? it gives details of my system.

Please Help!
 
Old 02-26-2006, 01:53 PM   #2
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run these commands

su
<root pass>
apt-get update
apt-get install alsa-base alsa-utils
alsaconf
alsamixer
 
Old 02-26-2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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dracae Thanks for your quick reply.... I executed the commands you mentioned and this is the result:



sid:/home/eal# apt-get update
Hit http://mirrors.kernel.org sid/main Packages
Hit http://mirrors.kernel.org sid/main Release
Hit http://mirrors.kernel.org sid/main Sources
Hit http://mirrors.kernel.org sid/main Release
Err http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/main Packages
404 Not Found
Ign http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/main Release
Hit http://src.braincells.com sid/ Packages
Err http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/contrib Packages
404 Not Found
Ign http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/contrib Release
Err http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/non-free Packages
404 Not Found
Ign http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/non-free Release
Err http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/main Sources
404 Not Found
Ign http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/main Release
Err http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/contrib Sources
404 Not Found
Ign http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/contrib Release
Err http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/non-free Sources
404 Not Found
Ign http://non-us.debian.org sid/non-US/non-free Release
Hit http://src.braincells.com sid/ Release
Hit http://src.braincells.com sid/ Sources
Hit http://src.braincells.com sid/ Release
Failed to fetch http://non-us.debian.org/dists/sid/n...86/Packages.gz 404 Not Found
Failed to fetch http://non-us.debian.org/dists/sid/n...86/Packages.gz 404 Not Found
Failed to fetch http://non-us.debian.org/dists/sid/n...86/Packages.gz 404 Not Found
Failed to fetch http://non-us.debian.org/dists/sid/n...rce/Sources.gz 404 NotFound
Failed to fetch http://non-us.debian.org/dists/sid/n...rce/Sources.gz 404 Not Found
Failed to fetch http://non-us.debian.org/dists/sid/n...rce/Sources.gz 404Not Found
Reading Package Lists... Done
E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.


Looks like it was not able to get updates from one of the urls... Should I remove that link from the apt-get list?



sid:/home/eal# alsaconf
modinfo: could not find module snd
modinfo: could not find module snd
modinfo: could not find module snd
Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-pcm-oss snd-pcm snd-timer snd-page-alloc snd-mixer-oss.
Building card database...
modinfo: could not find module snd-opl3sa2
modinfo: could not find module snd-cs4236
modinfo: could not find module snd-cs4232
modinfo: could not find module snd-cs4231
modinfo: could not find module snd-es18xx
modinfo: could not find module snd-es1688
modinfo: could not find module snd-sb16
modinfo: could not find module snd-sb8


alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device


It also came up with the message while configuring: No supported pnp or pci card found. Would you like to probe legacy ISA sound card/chips? I said Yes.

Probing legacy ISA cards might make your system unstable. I said Ok.


Any idea how to fix this?

Thanks'
 
Old 02-26-2006, 02:34 PM   #4
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Sounds like you are running a 2.4 kernel, what is the output of uname -r
If it is a 2.4 kernel you can install the alsa modules with
apt-get install alsa-modules-`uname -r`
then run alsaconf
 
Old 02-26-2006, 02:44 PM   #5
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The output is: 2.6.9

sid:/home/eal# apt-get install alsa-modules-'uname-r'
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package alsa-modules-uname-r

Last edited by Eal; 02-26-2006 at 02:46 PM.
 
Old 02-26-2006, 03:33 PM   #6
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As root from terminal try lspci to see what sound card/chip is used by your dell.
Aternatively lspci | grep audio and lsmod |grep snd looking for sound card module that needs loading. http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/ is good reference site for debian.
good luck.
 
Old 02-26-2006, 04:14 PM   #7
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Thank You... I have started to read the website you mentioned. Here is what sound card I have:
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 AudioController (rev 02

Thanks.
 
Old 02-26-2006, 06:03 PM   #8
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sound card

so the alsa module would be something like snd_intel8x0. Check /usr/doc/alsa-x.x.x/CARD-STATUS to see what cards that module supports. Your alsa documentation maybe be elsewhere. But now you have a start.
You may want to edit your /etc/apt/sources.list and update them. There is a sources list sticky at the top of this forum for some exploring. Enjoy.

Last edited by lestoil; 02-26-2006 at 06:07 PM.
 
  


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