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Old 06-27-2002, 12:44 PM   #1
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Error while initializing the sound driver

this is the message that taunts me:

Sound server informational message
error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp can't be opened (no such device)
the sound server will continue using the null output device

what does this mean? I am trying to develope some sort of strategy as to how to solve this issue but I am farely new to linux and don't know where to begin. It is a SoundBlaster Live MP3+ card on a PIII, asus mb, and Redhat 7.3. Could anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks-Tom
Old 06-28-2002, 10:31 PM   #2
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According to the error message, you need to create the device file /dev/dsp (a special file that interfaces with your sound card) for your sound card to work...

Unfortunately I have no idea how to do that... You may have to research on your own ( Read the man page for mknod. I've checked my system, and it seems like it's a character device with the major number 14 and minor number 3. This may be different for your system.
Old 06-28-2002, 10:58 PM   #3
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Have a look at /dev/README.MAKEDEV and "man MAKEDEV" for instructions on how to create the sound devices. You might also need to check that the correct module is loaded.


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