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Old 01-15-2005, 06:51 PM   #1
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enable soundcard?


I'm running debian sarge with a 2.4.27-1-386 kernel

I'm trying to get my soundcard working. If I run sndconfig, it tells me the card has been detected, but on the next step tells me it's currently disabled.

I don't remember having done anything to disable it, and it works with windows (I'm dual booting), and worked fine with my old HD knoppix install (until I trashed it and installed debian properly, that is!). Tried googling for help, but I haven't managed to find anything useful.

I've run modconf several times to try and add various sound modules, but however many times I install I never get the + by the module name. It tells me installation is successful, but the thing still has a - next to it.
At the moment, the only sound module I have managed to get installed is soundcore.

Old 01-16-2005, 03:39 AM   #2
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Try running `alsamixer` and see whats muted (red M). "Disabled" may mean muted.
Old 01-16-2005, 08:30 AM   #3
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ok, just tried running alsamixer, got this message:

alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device
Old 01-16-2005, 08:47 AM   #4
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I think it is your sound card driver option can't be set right.
Check the file module.conf.
Old 01-16-2005, 11:41 AM   #5
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what exactly am I looking for in modules.conf?

here is the alsa bit of it, if anyone can help

### update-modules: start processing /etc/modutils/alsa-base
above snd-pcm snd-pcm-oss
above snd-mixer snd-mixer-oss
above snd-seq snd-seq-oss
alias char-major-116 snd
alias char-major-14 soundcore
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss
post-install snd-ad1816a /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ad1816a
post-install snd-ad1848 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ad1848
post-install snd-ali5451 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ali5451
post-install snd-als100 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-als100
post-install snd-als4000 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-als4000
post-install snd-asihpi /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-asihpi
post-install snd-atiixp /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-atiixp
post-install snd-au8810 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-au8810
post-install snd-au8820 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-au8820
post-install snd-au8830 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-au8830
post-install snd-audigyls /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-audigyls
post-install snd-azt2320 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-azt2320
post-install snd-azt3328 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-azt3328
post-install snd-azx /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-azx
post-install snd-bt87x /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-bt87x
post-install snd-bt87x-overclock /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-bt87x-overclock
post-install snd-cmi8330 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-cmi8330
post-install snd-cmipci /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-cmipci
post-install snd-cs4231 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-cs4231
post-install snd-cs4232 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-cs4232
post-install snd-cs4236 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-cs4236
post-install snd-cs4281 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-cs4281
post-install snd-cs46xx /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-cs46xx
post-install snd-dt019x /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-dt019x
post-install snd-emu10k1 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-emu10k1
post-install snd-emu10k1x /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-emu10k1x
post-install snd-ens1370 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ens1370
post-install snd-ens1371 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ens1371
post-install snd-es1688 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-es1688
post-install snd-es18xx /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-es18xx
post-install snd-es1938 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-es1938
post-install snd-es1968 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-es1968
post-install snd-es968 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-es968
post-install snd-fm801 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-fm801
post-install snd-fm801-tea575x /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-fm801-tea575x
post-install snd-gusclassic /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-gusclassic
post-install snd-gusextreme /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-gusextreme
post-install snd-gusmax /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-gusmax
post-install snd-harmony /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-harmony
post-install snd-hdsp /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-hdsp
post-install snd-hdspm /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-hdspm
post-install snd-ice1712 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ice1712
post-install snd-ice1724 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ice1724
post-install snd-intel8x0 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-intel8x0
post-install snd-interwave /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-interwave
post-install snd-interwave-stb /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-interwave-stb
post-install snd-korg1212 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-korg1212
post-install snd-maestro3 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-maestro3
post-install snd-mixart /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-mixart
post-install snd-mpu401 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-mpu401
post-install snd-msnd-pinnacle /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-msnd-pinnacle
post-install snd-mtpav /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-mtpav
post-install snd-nm256 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-nm256
post-install snd-opl3sa2 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-opl3sa2
post-install snd-opti92x-ad1848 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-opti92x-ad1848
post-install snd-opti92x-cs4231 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-opti92x-cs4231
post-install snd-opti93x /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-opti93x
post-install snd-pc98-cs4232 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-pc98-cs4232
post-install snd-pdaudiocf /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-pdaudiocf
post-install snd-pdplus /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-pdplus
post-install snd-portman2x4 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-portman2x4
post-install snd-powermac /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-powermac
post-install snd-rme32 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-rme32
post-install snd-rme96 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-rme96
post-install snd-rme9652 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-rme9652
post-install snd-sa11xx-uda1341 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sa11xx-uda1341
post-install snd-sb16 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sb16
post-install snd-sb16-csp /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sb16-csp
post-install snd-sb8 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sb8
post-install snd-sbawe /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sbawe
post-install snd-serialmidi /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-serialmidi
post-install snd-serial-u16550 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-serial-u16550
post-install snd-sgalaxy /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sgalaxy
post-install snd-sonicvibes /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sonicvibes
post-install snd-sscape /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sscape
post-install snd-sun-amd7930 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sun-amd7930
post-install snd-sun-cs4231 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-sun-cs4231
post-install snd-trident /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-trident
post-install snd-usb-audio /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-usb-audio
post-install snd-usb-usx2y /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-usb-usx2y
post-install snd-via82xx /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-via82xx
post-install snd-vx222 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-vx222
post-install snd-vxp440 /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-vxp440
post-install snd-vxpocket /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-vxpocket
post-install snd-wavefront /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-wavefront
post-install snd-ymfpci /usr/lib/alsa/modprobe-post-install snd-ymfpci
alias ac97 off
alias ac97_codec off
alias ac97_plugin_ad1980 off
alias ac97_plugin_wm97xx off
alias ad1816 off
alias ad1848 off
alias ad1889 off
alias adlib_card off
alias aedsp16 off
alias ali5455 off
alias audio off
alias awe_wave off
alias bt878 off
alias btaudio off
alias cmpci off
alias cs4232 off
alias cs4281 off
alias cs46xx off
alias dmasound_core off
alias dmasound_pmac off
alias emu10k1 off
alias es1370 off
alias es1371 off
alias esssolo1 off
alias forte off
alias gus off
alias harmony off
alias i810_audio off
alias kahlua off
alias mad16 off
alias maestro off
alias maestro3 off
alias maui off
alias mpu401 off
alias nm256_audio off
alias opl3 off
alias opl3sa off
alias opl3sa2 off
alias pas2 off
alias pss off
alias rme96xx off
alias sb off
alias sequencer off
alias sgalaxy off
alias sonicvibes off
alias sound off
alias soundcard off
alias sscape off
alias trident off
alias trix off
alias uart401 off
alias uart6850 off
alias v_midi off
alias via82cxxx_audio off
alias wavefront off
alias ymfpci off
I also notice that /etc/modules has things listed three or four times, would this have anything to do with it? Pardon my newbie-ness..
Old 01-16-2005, 05:58 PM   #6
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Whats is the output of `lspci` and `lsmod`? This will tell us what card you are using, and what modules are loaded.
Old 01-17-2005, 11:13 AM   #7
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lspci gives this:

0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8601 [Apollo ProMedia] (rev 05)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8601 [Apollo ProMedia AGP]
0000:00:04.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 40)
0000:00:04.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
0000:00:04.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 16)
0000:00:04.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 16)
0000:00:04.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 40)
0000:00:08.0 Ethernet controller: Accton Technology Corporation SMC2-1211TX (rev 10)
0000:00:0b.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq 5880 AudioPCI (rev 02)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Trident Microsystems CyberBlade/i1 (rev 6a)

and lsmod this:

Module Size Used by Not tainted
lp 5540 0
af_packet 11048 1 (autoclean)
8139too 12328 1
mii 1952 0 [8139too]
crc32 2848 0 [8139too]
parport_pc 19432 1
parport 21608 1 [lp parport_pc]
hid 19076 0 (unused)
dm-mod 36120 0 (unused)
ide-pnp 1120 0 (unused)
pci_hotplug 14180 0
floppy 44120 0
apm 8428 0 (unused)
msdos 4588 0 (unused)
fat 27576 0 [msdos]
videodev 5344 0 (unused)
netlink_dev 1572 0 (unused)
usb-storage 54496 0 (unused)
scsi_mod 86052 0 [usb-storage]
usbmouse 1688 0 (unused)
printer 6912 0
soundcore 3268 0
isa-pnp 25552 0 [ide-pnp]
mousedev 3604 1
keybdev 1732 0 (unused)
usbkbd 2712 0 (unused)
input 3040 0 [hid usbmouse mousedev keybdev usbkbd]
usb-uhci 19504 0 (unused)
usbcore 52268 1 [hid usb-storage usbmouse printer usbkbd usb-uhci]
rtc 5768 0 (autoclean)
ext3 65388 0 (autoclean)
jbd 34628 0 (autoclean) [ext3]
ide-detect 288 0 (autoclean) (unused)
via82cxxx 9256 1 (autoclean)
ide-disk 12448 2 (autoclean)
ide-core 91832 2 (autoclean) [ide-pnp usb-storage ide-detect via82cxxx ide-disk]
unix 12720 114 (autoclean)

I notice there's no sound modules apart from soundcore listed there
Old 01-18-2005, 02:26 PM   #8
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The module you want is: es1371

So try `modprobe es1371`
Old 01-18-2005, 05:57 PM   #9
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should running that return something? I've tried loading es1371 using modconf many times, it says install succesful but never puts a + by the module name. I don't know if this has anything to do with my problem or not.

Sorry, I know I probably sound really stupid here. I've only been using Linux for a month or so, and I'm still not too confident 'fiddling' with it.
Old 01-18-2005, 07:21 PM   #10
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Dont worry, we all were new to linux once. And it is certainly something to get used to.

modprobe, when successful won't output anything. So to check if it is loaded, run lsmod again.

See if the es1371 is listed there. If it is, now try some sound application.
Old 01-19-2005, 07:31 PM   #11
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