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Old 03-18-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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Soundblaster there an not on Debian?

I'm running Debian with Icewm on an AMD 64 (though I;m using 32 bit software) with 760+ RAM.

Soundblaster doesn't work, when I try to run alsaconf it doesn't find it, XMMS claims that the audio can't be opened:

Dmesg shows:
Creative EMU10K1 PCI Audio Driver, version 0.20, 00:56:55 Dec 6 2006

Lsmod shows:
soundcore 3268 1 (autoclean)
emu10k1-gp 1128 0 (unused)
gameport 1388 0 [emu10k1-gp]

0000:00:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev04)

I tried 'modprobe emu10k1' but got this error: /lib/modules/2.4.27-3-386/kernel/drivers/sound/emu10k1.o: init_module: No such device

Anyone have any idea what's wrong? I'd greatly appericate the help.

Old 03-18-2007, 07:31 PM   #2
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You probably need to reconfigure your kernel and activate EMU10K1 as a module.

open a terminal:

type: su
(enter root password)

cd /usr/src/linux

type: make menuconfig

now under: Device Drivers > Sound > ALSA > PCI Devices > (M) EMU10K1

then modprobe emu10k1 and it should work .
Old 03-18-2007, 07:56 PM   #3
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my source (src) directory is empty

I forgot to mention that I apt-get Icewm, X-window-system-core (besdies the debian base) to get my system up and running.

Old 03-18-2007, 08:30 PM   #4
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Ok you don't have your kernel-sources installed.

You should open up a terminal and type:

(enter your root password)

apt-get install kernel-sources-`uname -r`

This will install the kernel sources for the kernel you have.

When it's finished, go to:

cd /usr/src

now when you type:


there should be something like this:


now type:

ln -s linux-2.x.x linux

this will make a symbolic link.

Now you should repeat my previous post .
Old 03-18-2007, 09:01 PM   #5
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Hate to be a party pooper, but I still get the same thing from modprobe and I made sure that the emu10k1 was in module (M) form. May this soundcard is one of those that I heard about, that just doesn't want to play nice with alsa.

Old 03-19-2007, 06:32 AM   #6
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Check it:
grep SND_EMU /boot/config-`uname -r`
Old 03-19-2007, 08:22 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by nx5000
Check it:
grep SND_EMU /boot/config-`uname -r`
comes back with 'no such file or directory'

Old 03-20-2007, 03:25 PM   #8
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Where did you get your 2.4.27-3-386 kernel from?

I have an Audigy2 soundblaster on Sarge that I've just upgraded to Etch, which works fine.

The Sarge kernels were 2.4.27-2-386 which also requires alsa-modules-2.4.27-2-386 to be installed. I also have kernel version 2.6.8-3-386 installed, plus later kernels that are available for Etch

If you look on synaptic, the Alsa stuff that needs to be installed is alsa-base, alsa-utils, and alsa-oss (if you have audio apps that are insisting on using OSS).

The 2.6 kernels do not need a separate alsa-modules package to be installed.

If you run alsaconf as root, and this runs to completion, you should get something from running.
cat /proc/asound/cards
cat /proc/asound/version

This is what you should be getting from running lsmod | grep snd

[djmons@localhost djmons]$ ssh
Linux debian 2.6.8-3-386 #1 Thu Sep 7 05:39:52 UTC 2006 i686

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.
Last login: Tue Mar 20 12:04:25 2007
djmons@debian:~$ lsmod | grep snd
snd_emu10k1_synth 6784 0
snd_emu10k1 80776 2 snd_emu10k1_synth
snd_ac97_codec 59268 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_emux_synth 33408 1 snd_emu10k1_synth
snd_seq_virmidi 7296 1 snd_emux_synth
snd_seq_midi_emul 7552 1 snd_emux_synth
snd_seq_oss 29440 0
snd_seq_midi 8096 0
snd_seq_midi_event 7552 3 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 46480 8 snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_midi_emul,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_hwdep 9092 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_emux_synth
snd_util_mem 4608 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_emux_synth
snd_usb_audio 64992 0
snd_rawmidi 23204 4 snd_emu10k1,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_midi,snd_usb_audio
snd_seq_device 7944 6 snd_emu10k1_synth,snd_emu10k1,snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi
snd_pcm_oss 48168 0
snd_mixer_oss 16640 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 85384 3 snd_emu10k1,snd_usb_audio,snd_pcm_oss
snd_page_alloc 11144 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_pcm
snd_timer 23300 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 50660 19 snd_emu10k1,snd_ac97_codec,snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_even t,snd_seq,snd_hwdep,snd_util_mem,snd_usb_audio,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss, snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore 9824 2 bttv,snd
usbcore 104292 6 ov511,uhci_hcd,snd_usb_audio,usbkbd

Sound can be a bit of a problem, and I've had to work through this, but you eventually get there.

Always take notes on pencil and paper, as to how you have fixed it.

Nigel. aka farpoint.


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