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Old 11-27-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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Sound problem with Aureal Vortex 2

Hi all,

I have a problem with my soundcard.

If I run the sound card detection tool my card is detected:
Vendor: Aureal Semiconductor
Model: Vortex 2
Module: snd-au8830

However I dont have any sound. If i run the volume control tool i get the following error:
Couldn't open mixer device /dev/sound/mixer

Actually there is no /dev/sound/mixer. I just have /dev/mixer

/sbin/lsmod has the following output:
Module Size Used by Tainted: P
snd-au8830 52672 0 (unused)
snd-pcm 84996 0 [snd-au8830]
snd-page-alloc 9876 0 [snd-pcm]
snd-timer 19748 0 [snd-pcm]
snd-mpu401-uart 5072 0 [snd-au8830]
snd-rawmidi 18784 0 [snd-mpu401-uart]
snd-seq-device 6300 0 [snd-rawmidi]
gameport 3380 0 [snd-au8830]
snd-ac97-codec 51832 0 [snd-au8830]
snd 46660 0 [snd-au8830 snd-pcm snd-timer snd-mpu401-uart snd-rawmidi snd-seq-device snd-ac97-codec]
soundcore 6500 2 [snd]
parport_pc 18788 1 (autoclean)
lp 8868 0 (autoclean)
parport 36800 1 (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
autofs 13236 0 (autoclean) (unused)
8139too 16808 1
mii 3992 0 [8139too]
floppy 57020 0 (autoclean)
sg 35852 0 (autoclean)
sr_mod 17752 0 (autoclean)
ide-scsi 11984 0
scsi_mod 107080 3 [sg sr_mod ide-scsi]
ide-cd 35488 0
cdrom 33216 0 [sr_mod ide-cd]
printer 8928 0
keybdev 2944 0 (unused)
mousedev 5428 0 (unused)
hid 24356 0 (unused)
input 5824 0 [keybdev mousedev hid]
ehci-hcd 19976 0 (unused)
usb-uhci 25964 0 (unused)
usbcore 78368 1 [printer hid ehci-hcd usb-uhci]
agpgart 54276 3 (autoclean)
nvidia 1764800 11 (autoclean)
ext3 70532 2
jbd 51732 2 [ext3]

And that's in /etc/modules.conf:
alias eth0 8139too
alias usb-controller usb-uhci
alias usb-controller1 ehci-hcd
alias char-major-195 nvidia
#alias sound-slot-0 via82cxxx_audio
alias sound-slot-0 snd-au8830
post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || :

modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-0-0
Nov 28 00:24:47 mazar last message repeated 2 times
Nov 28 00:24:55 mazar modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-0-3

I have installed:

Hope somebody can help.

Old 11-27-2003, 11:59 PM   #2
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ok, I could fixed the problems.

since it may be usefull to other people having troubles with sound, here is what I did:

The new ALSA release contains the Aureal drivers. So I downloaded the alsa-packages from freshrpms (kernel-module-alsa, alsa-utils, alsa-driver, alsa-lib).

Then I downloaded the alsa-tools-0.9.8.tar.bz2 (didnt find rpm) and ran the alsaconf script in the utils directory. This will modify the /etc/modules.conf. Actually IT (=the script, not me ) makes a bakup from modules.conf and overwrites /etc/modules.conf with alsa-stuff only! So I had to copy the not alsa-related but still important stuff (like nic, graphics modules) from the backup-file back into to new /etc/modules.conf.

After rebooting (or depmod -d) I could play sound, but didn't get anything through my speakers. I used alsamixer to enable mixer, cd playback and stuff. Then it worked.

Finally I added a group audio which owns all audio dev files, and added my users to that group.

Thanks to the guys @ #fedora irc, for pointing me into the right direction!



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