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Old 07-03-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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I can't figure out how to get my soundcard to work

Linux is very difficult to use since I am a newbie and have no clue what I am doing. I can't even follow the instructions because they are vague and expect the reader to understand them. Here is my problem.

I just installed Red Hat 9.0 on my ext partition of my harddrive. I am windows dependent and am finding it very difficult that everytime I need to do something with Linux, I need to go to the prompt and type some language that I have no clue how to use in and get an error message. I am very GUI depentant, but am willing to learn. Maybe I have a bad version on Linux or maybe its jsut me. Anyway, here is the problem in a nut shell. I have a CMI8738 sound card. The Red Hat detects it but there is no sound. I have got as as downloading the ALSA files (not sure I downloaded the right ones either) and just have no clue on what to do. I have left posts but nothing has helped. The card works when I boot into WinXP. Can someone please take my hand and walk me through it.

I don't know ANY code for linux shell (terminal, Bash Shell) or what I can describe as a c prompt. please help!!
Old 07-03-2004, 02:46 PM   #2
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Skip alsa, no need to mess about with that, the oss driver you have should be fine.

Open up that terminal, which is running bash, which looks like the C prompt, and type the following:

(enter root password)
/sbin/modprobe cmpci

If that appears to do nothing, it loaded. Find a mixer in the GUI, under Multimedia, there are a number of them, things might be muted by default.




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