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Old 06-03-2004, 10:18 AM   #1
ajg1119
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No sound in Suse 9.1 Pro with SoundBlaster Live!


I have just installed Suse 9.1 Pro with a fresh install. My hardware consists of a Gigabyte GA-7VRX mobo, Athlon XP 1800+ CPU, 512 MB Ram, Radeon 7500 AIW video card, SoundBlaster Live sound card, HP dvd200i DVD burner, Plextor 12/10/32A CD burner, 40 GB Western Digital HD, 120 GB Maxtor HD, Netgear 10/100 NIC, MultiTech modem, Belkin USB 2.0 PCI card and a Mitsumi Floppy. I am currently dual booting with Win XP Pro.

After installing Suse I find that the sound is not working, I disabled the onboard sound in the BIOS, Suse found the SB Live and Yast reports it as running. Following other threads, I have tried uninstalling the sound card then reinstalling it using Yast. That resulted in no change. All settings for the card appear correct, outputs are not muted, volume is set to full (I set the external control fairly low to protect my ears ), etc.

I attempted to run alsaconfig but get a bash error reporting a bad command or file.

Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks
 
Old 06-04-2004, 03:32 AM   #2
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I ran into the same problem but it works as designed
First I assume you unmuted all devices didn't you?
Then look at the back of your PC take the speaker Jack and plug it into the rear out jack instead front out jack and volá it works

I coundn't figure out how to change the alsa configuration to play back on the front, instead back jack

Dirk
 
Old 06-04-2004, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: No sound in Suse 9.1 Pro with SoundBlaster Live!

THIS IS MY PROBLEM: I HAVE 2 SOUND CARDS, ONE PCI AND ONE ONBOARD. THE PCI IS THE SOUND BLASTER LIVE 5.1 DIGITAL... AND THE ONBOARD IS BASED ON THE CMI CHIPSET. MY PROBLEM WAS THAT MANDRAKE WOULD USE AS DEFAULT THE ONBOARD CARD ISTEAD OF THE SB. I TRIED A COUPLE OF DIFFRNET THINGS BUT NOTHING WORKKED.
THE SOLUTION WAS TO DISABLE THE ONBOARD SOUND CARD , BY CHANGING THE JUMPER ON THE MAINBOARD. NOW ITWORKS FINE.

BY THE WAY I 'VE SPENDED MORE THAT 40 HOURS TRIYNG TO FIND A SOLUTION BY ONLY CHANGING SETTINGS ON THE ALSA SYSTEM AND CONFIGURATION.

ps: if you dont know about the alsa mixer , type alsa and then the tab. It wil so you some commands. Play with them there are fun.


Hopefully this will help you, if you have an onboard soun card and you forgot that you did.
 
Old 06-04-2004, 03:33 PM   #4
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I found the solution in the German SuSE mailing list:

It's a known bug in the current ALSA implementation. It is in all kernel that uses the current ALSA implementation 2.6.0 to 2.6.6
In the next ALSA release this bug will be fixed. Current workarround

Solution : Install the kernel sources and patch $KERNEL_SRC/sound/pci/ac97/ac97-codec.c

old line 174: { 0x83847658, 0xffffffff, "STAC9758/59", patch_sigmatel_stac9758, NULL },
new line 174: { 0x83847658, 0xffffffff, "STAC9758/59", NULL, NULL },

rebuild the modules and install them

After this little change all works fine

Dirk

These are hooks for search:

ALSA kernel 2.6.6 2.6.5 2.6.4 2.6.3 2.6.2 2.6.1
 
Old 06-13-2004, 09:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Here is where I am currently with this problem. I do not have front speaker outputs on the system. I am using the output on the SB live card. My onboard sound chip is disabled in the BIOS. There fore neither SUSE nor Windows sees it. DIWI's response seems to be the most likely but I have been so busy that I have not had time to try it. I hope to get to it in the next 2 or 3 days. I'll post the results here. Thanks again for the responses.
 
Old 06-14-2004, 04:54 AM   #6
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same problem

I had the same problem these last weeks.
I finally fixed it by doing a system update in yast.

So I think the post about the ALSA is correct. Only, you don't need to do kernel patches, just an easy system update. :-)
 
Old 07-12-2004, 08:48 AM   #7
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Crative Soundblaster Live 5.1 (model SB0060US)

O.K. I'm trying to summarize what has been said, and how it relates to my experiences. Any input or clarification would help (quite new to this). My installation is Suse 9.1 personal.

I had the same problem with my SBL. Everything reported OK in Suse, but no sound. Like DiWi I moved the speaker output from the "front" speaker output to the "back" speaker output. To clarify for alg1119, I'm not refering to the location of the jack relative to the computer (all the output jacks are on the card in the back of the computer), but rather the intended output chanels for a 5.1 system. So it seems that the output for simple stereo is being redirected to the wrong output channel.

I take it from DiWi's followup post (#4) that this can be changed with the listed patch. I'm assuming that Diwi is refering to changing the output channel, but I'm not clear on that. Regardless, I'd like to avoid building a kernel and would rather just use Yast (or whatever) to keep it simple.

Rottie seems to indicate that there is a system update that fixes this (is this channel problem the one you are refering to, rottie?), but I don't see any updates for my system when I run YOU, and I still have the "problem".

So...
Is there a way to change the sound output from the back channel speakers to the front channel speakers?

Thanks.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 06:36 PM   #8
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I am having a related problem with my Soundblaster Live 5.1 card. I am also using SuSE 9.1. In my case the card is recognized and has the appropriate driver but is listed as "not runing" in YaST. I also have an on board sound card which is turned off in the bios and is not recognized by SuSE. I have done the latest updates but still have no change.

Any comments
 
  


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