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Old 09-06-2003, 11:04 AM   #1
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debian/gnome and cmi8738 - sound not working :-(

hello alltogether!! i've got debian 3.0r1 on unstable (via dist-upgrade) and gnome 2.2 installed. my soundcard has a cmi8738 chip on it, but i just can't get it to work (

the kernel modules cmpci, sound and soundcore are active (modconf), and i have added my user ("alex") to the group "audio", still no sound in gnome, although the error message after starting gnome doesn't appear anymore (it had something to with /dev/mixer (or so) btw). also, the volume control at the top right is also adjustable now...but NO sound i have also checked the 2 checkboxes in the sound preferences, but still no sound... i have tried to doubleclick .wav files in gnome directly -> no sound, not even a program was opened, the event sounds in the sound preferences also do no work. what can i do?? what am i doing wrong?

thx in advance

ps. i also found out until now:

alexlinux:/home/alex# lsof | grep /dev/dsp*
grep: /dev/dsp1: no matching device found
grep: /dev/dsp2: no matching device found
grep: /dev/dsp3: no matching device found
alexlinux:/home/alex# lsof | grep /dev/mixer*
grep: /dev/mixer1: no matching device found
grep: /dev/mixer2: no matching device found
grep: /dev/mixer3: no matching device found
alexlinux:/home/alex# ps aux | grep esd arts
grep: arts: file or directory not found

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Old 09-07-2003, 12:25 AM   #2
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Tough one. Download a mixer app ("apt-get install tkmixer" for example), if you haven't already, and make sure ALL sound levels are at maximum and NONE are muted. Sounds like you could have done this already but I'm covering all bases here.

Secondly, if you have more than one audio output from you card (the little holes in the back of your computer) then try a few different ones.

Thirdly, there may be another similar module. Go to /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/sound and see if there's another one that is similar.

Fourthly, just post the outputs of "lspci -v" here. Probably should be higher on the list than fourth but I can't be bothered reformatting everything.

Fifthly, if all that fails (and no one comes up with anything better) go to Then see if you can find a driver for you card. Follow the instructions to install and it should work.


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