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Old 11-03-2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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How to tell Ubuntu to look for ISA sound card?


Hi all,

I am running Ubuntu Breezy on a Dell XPS R400. Sound card is on board, ISA connection, model is Crystal Sound CSxxxx (can't remember).

On Debian I can run alsaconf to ask it to look for ISA sound card, but unfortunately there is no alsaconf in Ubuntu.

Now how do I ask Ubuntu to look for the ISA sound card?

Thanks for reading.

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Old 11-04-2005, 04:31 AM   #2
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apt-get install alsa-utils?
 
Old 11-04-2005, 05:35 AM   #3
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alsa-utils is installed, but or some reason alsa-utils in the Ubuntu repository does not contain alsaconf.
 
Old 11-04-2005, 08:21 AM   #4
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I have used Debian unstable repository to install alsa-utils and now I have alsaconf.

However, after the system detected the card, there is still no sound. alsamixer and Kmixer are working and not muted, and they can detect the sound card. But there is no sound.

What can I do here?
 
Old 11-04-2005, 11:21 AM   #5
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Please help me enable my ISA sound card

This thread is a continuation of this thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...98#post1934398

I think I need to change the title to reflect my current situation.

I am running Kubuntu Breezy on a Dell XPS R400. Sound card is on board, ISA connection, model is Crystal Soundfusion CS4236.

Everytime I boot up KDE would pop up a window that says:

Quote:
Informational - artsmessage

Sound server informational message:

Error while initializing the sound driver.

device: default can't be opened for playbacl (Nosuch file or directory)

The sound server will continue. using the null output device.
By default Ubuntu does not detect my sound card and its alsa-utils does not have alsaconf to detect sound card. Thus I installed alsa-utils from Debian unstable repository and it is able to detect my sound card.

However, after the system detected the card, there is still no sound. alsamixer and Kmixer works and not muted, and they can detect the sound card as CS4236B. But there is no sound.

Also everytime the system boot up I would need to tell the system to probe for my sound card again. I have run "alsactl store" but apparently I am still missing something.

I am at my wits end now. Thanks for reading.

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Old 11-04-2005, 12:20 PM   #6
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i have an optiplex...400mhz of raw computing power! and i had the same problem with the onboard isa 4236 sound.

if you lsmod, you will see that the 4232 module is probably loaded...close but no cigar.

i stumbled across the "modconf" utility that lets you control loaded modules.

"sudo apt-get install modconf"

i am not in front of the box right now, so i'll tell you how i think i remember making the mod.

"sudo modconf"
navigate to :

/kernel/driver/snd/isa

load all items marked 4236 under that (should see a plus sign) use the up/down arrow to navigate and the enter key to select/change status.

if the modules all load and the changes are saved, you will need to run alsaconf one more time to set it up permanently.

alternatively, as a test, before you go messing with modconf:
you might try to "sudo insmod cs4236" or maybe it was"sudo insmod snd-cs4236" to load the module, then ctrl-alt-backspace to restart the x session to see if the sound/ mixer all come alive...

i think that is what i did...will check the box later to see if i am correct.

eventually i disabled onboard isa sound (because it's a pain and it's soooo legacy, man) and put a cheap pci ensoniq 1371 card in the box (alsa loves pci cards, isa cards not-so-much)...that way i could boot the geexbox distro and watch dvd's on that mo'chine.

isa=slow, difficult to contend with, and so 1980.

i'll check back later.

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Old 11-04-2005, 01:09 PM   #7
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Thanks, you game me hope, I know that I'm not the only one having this problem.

From lsmod, the cs423x is indeed loaded.

I have installed modconf and enabled the all the cs4236 that I saw (only two of them) and ran alsaconf as you have suggested. Now the system and Kmixer remembers my card, but still no sound.

I have been seriously thinking of getting a cheap PCI sound card if I can't get this thing to work within this few days. However, I'd prefer not to, as I find that it is something to show off to turn legacy hardwares into something useful.
 
Old 11-04-2005, 01:17 PM   #8
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"I have installed modconf and enabled the all the cs4236 that I saw (only two of them) and ran alsaconf as you have suggested. Now the system and Kmixer remembers my card, but still no sound."

ok now check kmixer and make sure it's not muted...doh. and that it is output-ting to the cs4236 device.

also make sure your audio plug is in the correct hole...probably the one on the left, closest to the gameport as you are looking at all 3.
 
Old 11-04-2005, 01:40 PM   #9
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Just want to to you that my sound actually works! It was the audio cable that is faulty!

Thanks so much.
 
Old 11-04-2005, 01:45 PM   #10
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Just for the reference, the problem is solved in this thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...19#post1936219
 
Old 11-04-2005, 05:33 PM   #11
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Mod note: Threads have been merged. In the future please don't start new threads that are continuations of existing threads; instead, just update the existing thread with the new post. Thanks
 
  


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