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Old 03-19-2005, 02:34 PM   #1
AlaskaLass
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SB Live! 5.1 soundcard stopped working


Problem: Creative Labs Soundblaster Live 5.1 v2 not working.

I'm a relative Linux newbie. I recently replaced an optical drive and while I was inside the box I may have jostled the sound card. I made sure it was seated solidly on the motherboard, but I'm not positive I got the connectors from my 2 optical drives back correctly. But when I tested it afterward, everything seemed OK.

A few days later, I had some bad problems with a USB device that caused a few total screen lockups so that I had to use the reset button to reboot without a shutdown sequence. Now the soundcard is not working.

I don't know how to tell whether I did something physically to the card, or whether the bad shutdowns could have affected it.

1) How can I tell whether the connectors from my optical drives are in the right places on the sound card?

2) How can I tell whether the sound card is faulty, or whether something has been messed up in the boot procedure?

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I'm using MDK10.1. Here's the message I get during the boot sequence:

localhost alsactl: /usr/sbin/alsactl: load_state:1139:
localhost alsactl: No soundcards found...
localhost sound: Loading mixer settings failed

Here's output from lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82865G/PE/P PCI to AGP Controller (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) Ultra ATA 100 Storage Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 RAID bus controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB (ICH5R) SATA (cc=RAID) (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 0c)
02:01.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 0a)
02:01.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! MIDI/Game Port (rev 0a)
02:07.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Lucent Microelectronics FW323 (rev 61)
02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82562EZ 10/100 Ethernet Controller (rev 01)
 
Old 03-19-2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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run alsaconf and set up yuur card again. should get your sound back.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 01:15 AM   #3
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sound is back, but won't stay

Thanks! Running alsaconf brought sound back (I'm very relieved that I didn't kill the soundcard).

BUT, when I reboot, I've lost it again. So I re-run alsaconf and it comes back. Within the alsaconf program I do ask it to set /etc/modprobe.conf, but that doesn't seem to stick.

Is there a way to make the alsa configuration stick so that it happens automatically upon boot?

Many thanks.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 05:08 AM   #4
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just type as root alsactl store
 
Old 03-22-2005, 12:59 PM   #5
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alsactl store doesn't work

Thanks for the tip, zeroo. But, it doesn't seem to work. Even after I do "alsactl store", every time I reboot, I have to issue the "alsaconf" command again to get sound.

At this point, I know it is not a hardware problem. Seems more like a configuration or permissions setting thing with Mandrake. So I'll post a question on that forum.

Thanks again, zeroo and dockpunk.
 
Old 03-22-2005, 04:54 PM   #6
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do you have any other card installed that might be hijacking the sound settings? when i first got into using linux i had a box with a tv card in it and no matter how many times i ran alsaconf, once i rebooted it defaulted back to the tv card. re-compiling alsa from source solved the problem, so did just pulling the tv card from the box but im sure there is a easier solution if that might be the case for you.
 
Old 03-22-2005, 04:58 PM   #7
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one more thing to check is after running alsaconf see if anything was actually written to /etc/modprobe.conf. if not then it very well me be a problem with permissions to that specific file.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 01:59 PM   #8
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Thanks for still trying for me, docpunk.

I don't think I have any other card with sound function - it would show up on the lspci list, right? And before I had those bad shutdowns, sound would load up just fine with every boot.

Here's the contents of my /etc/modprobe.conf file, after boot and before I run "alsaconf" to get sound back again:
---------------------------------------------------
# This file is autogenerated from /etc/modules.conf using generate-modprobe.conf command

alias eth0 eepro100
remove snd-emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe -r snd-pcm-oss; /sbin/modprobe --first-time -r --ignore-remove snd-emu10k1
install snd-emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe --first-time --ignore-install snd-emu10k1 && { /sbin/modprobe snd-pcm-oss; /bin/true; }
alias eth2 eth1394
install scsi_hostadapter /sbin/modprobe ata_piix; /bin/true
install usb-interface /sbin/modprobe uhci-hcd; /sbin/modprobe ehci-hcd; /bin/true
alias eth1 eepro100
alias ieee1394-controller ohci1394

# --- BEGIN: Generated by ALSACONF, do not edit. ---
# --- ALSACONF verion 1.0.6 ---
options snd device_mode=0666
alias sound-slot-0 snd-emu10k1
# --- END: Generated by ALSACONF, do not edit. ---
---------------------------------------------------

There is only one line in my /etc/modules.conf file: alias autofs autofs4

After I run "alsaconf", one line is added to the /etc/modprobe.conf file: alias snd-0 snd-emu10k1

After I run "alsactl store", no changes to either file.

I've been trying to find something in Mankdrake's command center that would seem to save current configurations for sound, but haven't found anything that works yet. I've also read in some other, unrelated posts that MDK is not user-friendly with these configuration and/or permission things, but I'll keep looking (if anybody has any advice on that - thanks in advance!)
 
  


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