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Old 08-12-2005, 11:22 AM   #1
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MSI RS480m2/RX480m2 mother board - no sound card detected

I have a MSI RS480M2/RX480M2 motherboard with in-built graphics card and sound card. I just wanna know how to configure them. The details fo the cards are:

Graphics card : Intel(R) 810 Chipset Graphics Driver

Sound card : RealTek ALC658C - 6 channel software audio code - compliance with AC97 v2.3 Spec.

Can anyone help explain in how to configure them both?

Thanks in advance for your time and help, it's really appreciated!
--LV2Golf (not offten have kids)
Old 08-13-2005, 05:13 AM   #2
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Give us details. Distro, errors. What you've done already. Details, man!
Old 08-16-2005, 05:58 AM   #3
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I have the same motherboard and sound works beautifully. You need the ATI IXP config option in the kernel config (CONFIG_SND_ATIIXP=m). Assuming you have a fairly recent kernel (2.6.12 is good) it will be there. Then just run alsaconf and it will all work magically.

Not really sure you have the details right as the graphics chipset is ATI Xpress 200 on the MSI rs480m2 motherboard. You need version 8.13.x of the ATI drivers which you can either get from their website or packaged with your distro. Don't get 8.14.y which does not have Xpress 200 support. Then just run fglrxconfig and let it make an xorg.conf for you. Choose 1024*768 as the default screen resolution to get things started.

Great mobo and very well supported in recent linux kernels.


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Have you been able to get the digital audio out (S/P-DIF jack) working? Analog sound worked out of the box for me, but no luck so far in the digital out. I will check on the ATI IXP option tho....
Old 08-17-2005, 04:31 AM   #5
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digital audio

I am afraid I haven't tried that and have no way of testing it. You could try this

aplay --list-devices

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: IXP [ATI IXP], device 0: ATI IXP AC97 [ATI IXP AC97]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: IXP [ATI IXP], device 1: ATI IXP IEC958 [ATI IXP IEC958 (AC97)]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

The s/pdif one is the IEC958 one I understand. Then follow instructions similar to these for each app you want to use (which I stole and modified from )


Add the following function to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile, substituting card and device numbers as appropriate, and you will be able to play a sound file from the command line by typing play (The extra logic in this function is needed because the first sox command fails if the sample rate is already 48 kHz.)

function play {
{ sox $1 -r 48000 -t wav -c 2 - polyphase || sox $1 -t wav -c 2 -; } | aplay -Dhw:0,1

The above examples work as of aplay version 1.0.8, sox version 12.17.6 and bash version 3.00.15(2)-release.

To get xine to use S/PDIF, do the following settings under right click → Settings → Setup.

* Gui tab: set Configuration experience level to Advanced or higher.
* Audio tab:
o Set device used for mono output (device.alsa_default_device) to iec958.
o Set device used for stereo output (device.alsa_front_device) to iec958.
o Set device used for 5.1-channel output (device.alsa_passthrough_device) to iec958.
o Ignore the other "device used for 5.1-channel output" (device.alsa_surround51_device).
o Set speaker arrangement to Pass Through.

That works as of xine version 0.99.3.

You could presumably change the alsa config so that every app plays through digital out by default.

Let me/us know how you get on.

Old 08-24-2005, 01:22 PM   #6
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MSI RS480m2/RX480m2 mother board - no sound card detected:

My apologies for not replying back earlier. As I have stated I'm a (newbie) with RHEL 3.0 Linux and still (fumbling around) learning (slow) as I go .

Raphel thanks for your information. I will have to build a new kernel (2.6.12) since I am at (2.4) and this process is taking me some time to get all the processes (tasks) to rebuild a new kernel. Looking for documentation which will show me the major task and steps to complete the kernel rebuild.

Thanks again for all your time, inforamtion and help, it's appreciated.

-- Gary W.
Old 08-27-2005, 05:25 PM   #7
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hi " lv2golf "

i am with same motherboard................

MSI 's " RS 480M2IL " ,

first , i have both , SOUND-GRAPHICS, working absolutely fine on "SuSE 9.3 professional x86_64 "

Second, your statement about graphics card ( inter 810) is confusing...................

RS480 Motherboard has "ATI Radeon XPRESS 200G RS48 " Series Graphics ( on Board.)

About, graphics , i can help you..........

a few days ago, introduced new drivers for this motherboard.

Just , enter into the drivers and softwares section of the site and selext linux, and you will . READ THE INSTRUCTIONS & INFORMATIVE LINES CAREFULLY....................................

how to install Graphics Driver?

just, read the " Release Notes " of the section from your downloaded your appropriate drivers.....

that's it.

about sound...................

may be you are using different distro , in suse , SOUND IS NOT A PROBLEM at all , too.


please reply if you find my information helpful.

Old 09-04-2005, 03:30 PM   #8
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Hi Gurmeet,

I have not been able to get 3D acceleration on this board even with the latest ati drivers (8.16.20). I use FC4 - that's Xorg 6.8. If you have had any success on that front please let me know how you did it. Thanks.

Old 03-20-2006, 12:47 PM   #9
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MSI RD480 neo2

I installed RHEL-WS4-U2 for this motherboard , but after installation it hangs when initializing the hardware.I tried the bios setting , but didn't work. Any specific setting should be changed?or any other solution? Thanks


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