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Old 12-02-2005, 09:41 AM   #1
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How to use audio driver on an Asus A8N-VM CSM


I've just assembled a new pc based on the mb Asus A8N-VM CSM.

Since the mb is based on the new chipset nforce 430 I knew I could have trouble with the drivers. For example the integrated GPU is not supported by the nvidia driver (I have to wait for the version 1.0.8 of the driver) and so at the moment I am using the vesa mode for the graphics card.

I have installed the nforce driver and so I can use the network card. The most trouble I have with the integrated audio chip.
I followed the instruction but I cannot start the audio driver.

I'm using FC4 with the kernel 2.6.14-1.1644.

This is the output of modprobe
[root@localhost luke]# modprobe -l |grep nv

This is my modprobe.conf file:
alias usb-controller ehci-hcd
alias usb-controller1 ohci-hcd
alias ieee1394-controller ohci1394
alias scsi_hostadapter sata_nv
alias eth0 nvnet
#alias forcedeth off
alias sound-slot-0 nvsound
alias snd-intel8x0 off
alias i810_audio off
install nvsound /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install nvsound ; sleep 1; /usr/bin/nvmix-reg -f /etc/nvmixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
remove nvsound { /usr/bin/nvmix-reg -f /etc/nvmixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || : ; }; /sbin/modprobe -r --ignore-remove nvsound

This is the output of modinfo
[root@localhost luke]# modinfo nvsound
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.14-1.1644_FC4/kernel/sound/oss/nvsound.ko
license: NVIDIA
parmtype: vapu_enable:i
vermagic: 2.6.14-1.1644_FC4 686 REGPARM 4KSTACKS gcc-4.0
depends: soundcore
alias: pci:v000010DEd0000006Bsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd000001B0sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd000001B1sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd0000006Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd000000DAsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd0000008Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd000000EAsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd00000059sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd0000003Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010DEd0000026Bsv*sd*bc*sc*i*

If I try to run the tool "Soundcard detection" nothing happens.
If I try to run "Volume control" I get the error::
No volume control elements and/or devices found.

How can I configure my soundcard?


Old 12-08-2005, 05:46 PM   #2
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I see you are running fedora core 4 or something. I run a scratch built linux system. I do not know how fedora takes care of audio, but the nforce driver for audio "nvsound" is not an alsa driver, but an oss driver so alsa mixer won't work. It installs nvmixer, and you can run it by typing nvmixer at the prompt. How to integrate this to automatically restore values I am not sure of in fedora.
Old 12-16-2005, 09:22 AM   #3
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to the contrary behmjoe, he will be using alsa as it is the only thing that will work (or maybe oss via alsa's binary compatibility). For you see, he is using an assus board (like me), and it doesn't utilise the 430's sound at all...

ive got the same mobo as you, running ubuntu 5.04 hoary hedgehog, and man im pissed off.

i knew the moment that i saw that only win2k, 2k3 and xp drivers (plus redhat / suse linux 64bit) were on the cd that i was going to have issues.

basically, although 430 provides sounds, arse-us don't use it. instead they use some ADI crud which seems to be even more incompatible. So remove all of that nvsound bizzo, it just doesn't apply here.

We need to use alsa (which just dont work, well it does but not good).

Go there and find your fav. server (just pick the top one). All so, take a moment to appreciate my bbcode trickery (5 posts my ass).

You need to get the latest alsa-utils, alsa-driver, and alsa-lib

for me it was like 11rc1 or something....

anywayz, you'll be needing build-essentials and gcc so check that you have them working. I never even had /dev/dsp when i started. Still it probably wont do you much good (it didn't do me much at least).

now, you need to extract, for the driver do a
sudo make install (or just ensure that you're root)

*now go check to see if there are files within /dev/snd*
*if there are, then don't do this, if not, then do*

./snddevices (may need to be root to, can't remember).

then just

sudo make install

in the two remaining source packages that you downloaded.

now then, you'll need to run alsaconf as root.

It'll let you choose a option of intel something or other, or a legacy ISA sound card. Obviously its not the latter as our board doesn't even has ISA ports....

Now then after a lot of working it'll eventually stop then restart alsa.

make sure that gstreamer uses alsa for sink and output (if this is even a issue for you, it is for me with ubuntu anyway).

Then just open up a media player or here some sounds. No reboot needed. You should hear painfull high-pitched humming in the left speaker and awfull mono in the right. This is some kind of issue wiht getting the surround sound channel mixed up or something. I never found where this magical fix was posted, nor do i care. I just want it to work right. There are other isues for me such as needing to restart alsa inbetween instances of alsa-utilising apps...

if it works good for you then PLEASE reply here...

Last edited by mc__; 12-16-2005 at 09:30 AM.
Old 02-07-2006, 05:00 PM   #4
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Works with a 2.6.15 patch.


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