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Old 12-14-2004, 08:22 PM   #1
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Problem changing primary soundcard


I have an on-board sound controller (VIA) and a SB Live sound card. Obviously, I want to use the SBLive sound card, but the primary sound card is VIA. Both the cards work fine when I do the sound test. But, when I set SB Live as the primary sound card and close the program (system-config-soundcard), the value reverts to VIA. It's very annoying.

I installed FC3 only today, and I'm irritated by the configuration problems its giving me. First, it was the NVidia card and now this. I know that all my hardware will work with FC3, but setting them up seems to be the problem.

Can someone please help me change the primary sound card? Is there any file that I can edit for this change to take effect? I would prefer not to disable the VIA sound controller in the BIOS.

Old 12-15-2004, 03:05 AM   #2
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Took a lot of messing around and a day to figure this out. The system-config-soundcard doesn't save the changes due to the use of some deprecated function call.

The primary sound card can be changed by editing /etc/asound.conf. For example, changing this:
pcm.!default { type hw card 0 }
ctl.!default { type hw card 0 }
pcm.!default { type hw card 1 }
ctl.!default { type hw card 1 }
Will change the primary soundcard from the first one to the second one.

Hope this helps.



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