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Old 11-15-2003, 06:17 PM   #1
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Question 4.1 Surround w/ Santa Cruz

While I am an experienced Windows user, I am not a programmer and am completely new to Linux. My main holdup to migrating to (and learning how to use) Linux is this problem.

Relevant Hardware Info:
Dell Dimension 8100 - Pentium 4 1.8GHz, 512MB RDRAM
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz DSP Sound Card (PCI)
Altec Lansing 4.1 surround sound speakers (two front, two satellites, subwoofer)

The Problem:
On RedHat 8, I get no sound whatsoever (sound card not recognised).
On Suse 9 LE, the card is recognised, but only the front two speakers work.

What I Need:
VERY DUMBED-DOWN directions to get all 4.1 speakers functioning properly. I'd prefer Suse 9 (does a great job detecting my hardware), but I'm not tied to it.
Old 11-15-2003, 08:47 PM   #2
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In Redhat you need to compile alsa and add a few lines in the modules.conf. Next start up the alsa scripts in /etc/init.d .

For both SUSE and Redhat you need to edit or create asound.conf and put in under /etc or in the user's directory. Putting the asound.conf under /etc will make it global for every program that uses ALSA. The asound.conf is where you setup your channels.

Sorry I can help you with asound.conf.
Old 11-16-2003, 12:17 AM   #3
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Unfortunately, that means absolutely nothing to me - as I said, I'm totally new to Linux, and I'm not a programmer or hacker of any kind. Without simple step-by-step instructions, you might as well just string random words together in various languages.
Old 11-16-2003, 04:03 PM   #4
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Have you visited ALSA site. If you do not the address go to

Information about some everyday linux stuff go to

Deep information about linux go to

Read very, very carefully on those sites.


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