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Old 05-13-2004, 11:58 PM   #16
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Change your modules or modules.conf to:

probeall scsi_hostadapter usb-storage
probeall usb-interface usb-uhci ehci-hcd
alias eth0 via-rhine

# ALSA for EMU10K1
alias char-major-116 snd
alias snd-card-0 snd-emu10k1

# OSS/Free for EMU10K1
alias char-major-14 soundcore
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0

# EMU10K1
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
You do not have to include the lines that start with "#". Though it makes it a little easier to remember what each line is for.

A week ago I switch from Creative Labs Soundblaster LIVE to Turtle Beach Santa Cruz and I'm not going to switch back. I'm sorry. I had too many problems with that card. Those settings that I listed are my old settings but the first three lines are your lines for your system.

In the services under Mandrake Control Center there are two alsa services one to activate alsa and other to activate the drivers. I have alsa enabled to run at boot up. Then alsasound disabled at boot up. You may want to check if sound is enabled at boot up and its running. At the console login in as root or su then you can unload alsa by typing "service alsa stop" to start fresh. Then type "modprobe snd-emu10k1;modprobe snd-pcm-oss;modprobe snd-mixer-oss;modprobe snd-seq-oss". Then play some sounds with xmms or other sound players. If it works you can try editing some lines that I listed for modules.conf or modules.
Old 05-14-2004, 03:23 AM   #17
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Ok after trying the different output plugins, i get the error: "Couldn't open audio -- Please check: your soundcard is configured properly, you have the correct plugin selected, no other program is blocking the soundcard"
I got this error on the following plugins:
ALSA 1.2.9 []
eSound 1.2.9 []
OSS Driver 1.2.9 []

But, if I select: aRts Output 0.7.1 [], and try to play a file, i dont get any error msgs and it shows that the song is playing, i just cant hear anything. I tried turning up the volume (of course) no sound, and the kmix icon on the kicker has an x on it and there arent any mixers to select when i open it.

Are there certain files that linux is trying to find in that /dev/dsp folder? if there are, i could try locating the files and then symlinking the dsp folder to the location of the files. . . just an idea

Old 05-14-2004, 06:19 AM   #18
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OK try using alsamixer to set the volume levels and set them all to non zero and unmute them. Kmix (and other OSS mixers) don't show all the possible controls. Another trick I found somewhere is try playing with the very last control (external amp, or something). I've heard that that fixes some things. Another thing you can try is ditching arts. I've heard it's dodgy to the max. Do a ps -A|grep arts and you should get a line of output containing the phrase "artsd". If you do that means arts is running. You can then do a killall -s 15 artsd (as root) to kill the process. If it didn't kill it (check with ps -A| grep arts) then substitute in a "9" for the "15" in the killall command. That should kill arts. Then try again with XMMS and both the OSS and ALSA plugins should work.

Electro is right as well. You should have those lines in your /etc/modprobe.conf (as per the ALSA instructions) for all to work well.

Oh and /dev/dsp is not meant to be a folder. It's usually a symlink to dsp0 which is a device. That MAKEDEV command didn't do anything useful for you I don't think. In fact I never really thought you needed a /dev/dsp device since you're using ALSA but it couldn't hurt to try.

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Old 05-16-2004, 10:36 PM   #19
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I closed arts and still no sound. when i try to run alsamixer i get an error message
"alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device"

I'm thinking theres something wrong with the alsa drivers i have installed because when i go to the services section in mcc and stop/start alsa, it says that that alsa driver isn't running. could this be the case?

i looked into uninstalling alsa, and mandrake tells me that i have to uninstall a bunch of programs along with it, is there a way to just upgrade the drivers, or is there an easy way to reinstall alsa?
Old 05-17-2004, 02:04 AM   #20
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Yeah there's a reasonably easy way. Just go to and download the latest version of ALSA-driver, libs and utils. Then compile them yourself by following the instructions. That's how I always do it. Make sure you update your /etc/modprobe.conf like Electro suggested.

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Old 05-23-2004, 10:52 AM   #21
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I got my sb live working with the ´3d´ slide turned up in KMix. The Master slide doesn´t work though.
Old 05-29-2004, 06:58 PM   #22
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I just bought SuSE 9.1 yesterday and everything works great, so i guess this case is closed. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!!
Old 06-07-2004, 02:34 PM   #23
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mandrake 10 and no sound

i am a linux noob on mandrake 10.0 and i have no sound. I have a soundcard on my motherboard and one creative soundblaster live

lspci gives:
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8377 [KT400 AGP] Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 PCI Bridge
00:0d.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 0a)
00:0d.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! MIDI/Game Port (rev 0a)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT8233/A/C/VT8235 PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 74)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4150
01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4170

uname -r gives:

lsmod: doesn't find command

thank you


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