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Old 08-24-2005, 12:54 AM   #1
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C-Media driver installation help

My laptop has a C-Media CMI9738S 4CH AC'97 CODEC ( and I am currently trying to get the latest drivers from the C-Media site installed (

In the readme it says the following:
Step 1. Unzip source code
tar xzf cmaudio-xxx.tar.gz

Step 2. Complied source code and install

Step 3. Edit your /etc/modules.conf or conf.modules depending on the Distribution
alias sound-slot-0 cmaudio
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 || :
Now, I figured that I should *not* use tar xzf, but instead use tar xf because it is a .bz2 tar file, and not a .gz tar file... because when using the tar xzf command, I'd get errors (if I am wrong, correct me )

Secondly, the spelling mistake in step two simply adds to my frustration... It's been a long time since I've done any compiling using the linux command line in my intro C programming course 1st year university... hehe

So my question is how exactly do I know which files I need and how do I compile and install them so as to have working sound on my laptop??

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
Old 08-24-2005, 11:43 PM   #2
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since you use SuSe, try updating with apt or yum and installing the packages for the c-media that way, you should be ok if you do it that way. I've had success that way with other rpm based distros
Old 08-25-2005, 05:46 AM   #3
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Most Linux distros include cmedia drivers so you don't really have to install them from source. Use the hardware configuration tool in YAST to configure the sound card.
Old 08-26-2005, 07:25 AM   #4
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Alright, I've made some progess... after messing around with a few volume levels, I've got sound (system sound, CD sound and audio [mp3, etc] and video [mov, mpg, etc]) working properly after every reboot...

So right now my only inclination for installing the Cmedia drivers is to take advantage of the 4CH audio my laptop offers... Has anyone else accomplished this with (or without for that matter ) the CMedia drivers?
I'd love to scratch 4CH audio off my 'Stuff to accomplish in Linux after quitting windows cold turkey' list!


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