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Old 01-13-2007, 08:05 PM   #1
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Sound, 3D, audio/video playback broken on Suse-x86_64

I just got an Athlon-64 computer with a K8M890M-M motherboard, and the experience has been less than stellar thus far. I've managed to fix a few things (broken xine) and learned that others are not fixable (No Flash 9 for me), but two main issues stand out:

1. No sound. YaST seems to have a driver (via-82xx) for the card, VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97, but that's it. Trying to use Control Center to start/stop anything is fruitless (it just loops). Trying to start artsd from a terminal is just as useless, entering the same demented loop:
erik:/tmp/ksocket-root # artsd -F 5 -S 2048 -a alsa -b 16 -m artsmessage -c drkonqi -l 3 -f
starting artsd!
kbuildsycoca running...
kcontrol: Initializing kcm_arts: init_arts
>> running as realtime process now (priority 50)
starting artsd!
kcontrol: Initializing kcm_arts: init_arts
>> running as realtime process now (priority 50)
There are already artsd objects registered, looking if they are active...
KWrited - Listening on Device /dev/pts/1
kded: MediaList::MediaList()

// Pages of rambling kded output here

Error: Can't add object reference (probably artsd is already running).
       If you are sure it is not already running, remove the relevant files:


starting artsd!
kcontrol: Initializing kcm_arts: init_arts
>> running as realtime process now (priority 50)
There are already artsd objects registered, looking if they are active...
Note that I'd just done that and killed the 5 socket files. It would've looped like that forever.

2. No 3-D, and the nVidia installer is seriously broken. I've tried using YaST to download the module - complete fail. After changing xorg.conf, it does worse than crash, it completely locks up my screen.

When I try to use nVidia's installer, the problem is so absurd it's comical: Itseemsasthoughtheinstallerhasnoconceptofthespacecharacter. It writes out text horribly broken like that, and after accepting the license and telling it to try and compile a module, the script just freezes, and I have to ^C and resume scratching my head.

Can anyone help with this? Thanks in advance!
Old 01-15-2007, 11:48 AM   #2
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From a console, run '/usr/sbin/hwinfo --sound'. That should probe the soundcard and tell you which driver to load. Then run '/sbin/modinfo <drivername>' to find out which drivers it depends on. Use lsmod to see that they are all loaded. If not, modprobe them one at a time.

Go to the nvidia website and download the driver for x64, and copy the SuSE installation instructions. Install the driver manually, then run SaX2 to configure the graphics card.


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Old 02-27-2007, 12:27 AM   #3
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Did you manage to get the Sound working?

I am having the same problem with my "ASUSTeK VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller" under SUSE 10.2. I have loaded all of the dependent modules by hand as recommeneded (modprobe <drivername>) but still no luck.



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