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Old 06-12-2004, 12:24 PM   #1
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Fresh install + sbLive = no sound

HI just finished installing fedora core 2 and everything seemed to go smoothly up untill fedora detects the sound card.Fedora is capable of finding the card but it wont play any sound.I've tried installing the latest alsa drivers to no avail.I also have alsa compiled as a module..I did a lsmod and it shows everything being loaded.

[root@localhost root]# lsmod
Module Size Used by
snd_emu10k1 71172 2
snd_rawmidi 17184 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_pcm 69256 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_timer 17284 1 snd_pcm
snd_seq_device 6152 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_rawmidi
snd_ac97_codec 50436 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_page_alloc 7940 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_pcm
snd_util_mem 3200 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_hwdep 6404 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_mixer_oss 14336 0
snd 38500 13 snd_emu10k1,snd_rawmidi,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_s eq_device,snd_ac97_codec,snd_util_mem,snd_hwdep,snd_mixer_oss
soundcore 6112 1 snd

System Spec

AMD XP1800 @2.3ghz stable
Geforce 5900XT
Sound Blaster Live 5.1
LSI scsi controller
250gig WD hard drive
18 gig scsi
70gig scsi
Fedora Core2 /Win2000
8 Stacks Kernel from linuxant
Old 06-12-2004, 07:04 PM   #2
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my system is the same as u(i think)
but i fixed the problem by compiling new version alsa driver.

these are some note u should check.

1: are u using the right method to compile. some time using ./configure --with-cards=emu10k1 --with-sequencer may help.
2: after installation, make sure the permission on /dev/dsp /dev/mixer /dev/midi have rw permission. change the perm with chmod a+rw /dev/dsp /dev/mixer /dev/midi
3: the default installation mute all sound, unmute all part and switch to max. and try to use only alsamixer, although there is some other gui configuration tool e.g kmix.

PS: switching all part to max is not a good idea. when the test is success try to adjust the volume part to suit your favour.
Old 06-12-2004, 11:34 PM   #3
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Well I downloaded the 2.6.6 kernel from and installed it.I know have sound and can have multiple progs using the card.I cant get my mic to work at all.I know its not the card it self since it works in windows but I have tried the howto on for TS and I don't even hear anything if I unmute the mic and turn on mic boost.I'm going to get the latest alsa drivers and give them a try.
Old 06-13-2004, 12:14 AM   #4
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Well I got the latest drivers and my mic still doesnt work I'm completely lost now
Old 06-13-2004, 08:22 PM   #5
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I just did a fresh install and I have no sound either. I've got a SB 128 PCI card and it sounds great in WinXP Pro. I get an error stating that my sound doesn't work and it will be sending sound to a null output device, whatever that means. I've got the 2.6.6 kernel and still nothing, just a lot of hissing from the speakers. I have no idea how to recompile the drivers or the kernel or anything. Can anyone suggest anything?
Old 06-14-2004, 02:44 AM   #6
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My SB Live! worked fine on default kernel but here's a guide anyway:

I found that my speakers needed to be turned up because FC2 was noticably quiter than XP.


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