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Old 03-04-2003, 05:18 PM   #1
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Digital-only speakers.

Ok I got some digital only speakers, And have been trying to set digital ouput in redhat 8.0 the little bit of info I've gotten from searching around is that I need to edit the file etc/modules.conf this is how mine reads.

alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc
alias eth0 tulip
alias sound-slot-0 emu10k1
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 || :
alias usb-controller usb-uhci

now my only problem is I don't know what to do from here hehe. Please help someone.
Old 03-04-2003, 05:45 PM   #2
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What sound card are you using? Do you have digital out on your sound card? Are we talking digital coax connection? Have you tried hooking up the speakers through this connection?

And just for kicks, have you verified that the analog out on your sound card is working properly?
Old 03-04-2003, 06:12 PM   #3
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My Sound card is a soundblaster live. Yes I have digital out on my sound card becuse I use it on windows. As for digital coax connection I don't got a clue, not much of a sound buff. And yes the analog out works, i've tested this with a pair of headphones. Like I said before, don't know much about soundcards and speakers, if the speakers and card sound good, and i got the proper codecs I'm happy, this is far as I have ever had to go with sound until now. So someone please help me......

Old 04-03-2003, 10:15 AM   #4
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This is how I got my Soundblaster live working under Redhat Linux 8.0 using Boston BA790 digital speakers.

Drivers/tools installed(


1) extract emu10k1-v0.20a.tar.bz2
cd to emu10k1-v0.20a
make install

2) Install emu-tools-0.9.4-1.i386.rpm or tarball(whichever you prefer).

3) edit /etc/modules.conf and add the line:
alias sound emu10k1

This is enough to get the driver working. Now lets work on digital out and loading the proper scripts on startup.
4) cd /usr/local/etc. You should see:

5) edit emu10k1.conf and change <USE_DIGITAL_OUTPUT=no> to <USE_DIGITAL_OUTPUT=yes>.

6) Now add the proper lines to /etc/modules.conf so the script will load on startup and also save the mixer settings.

#Loads script on startup
post-install emu10k1 /usr/local/etc/emu-script
#Saves mixer levels
post-install emu10k1 /usr/local/etc/emu-script restore
pre-remove emu10k1 /usr/local/etc/emu-script save

Example of modules.conf file:

alias sound emu10k1
post-install emu10k1 /usr/local/etc/emu-script
post-install emu10k1 /usr/local/etc/emu-script restore
pre-remove emu10k1 /usr/local/etc/emu-script save

7) Enjoy!


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