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Old 04-21-2004, 09:51 AM   #1
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sb live trouble, detects but no sound in most apps

I have a sb live! value card and I just installed Redhat 9.0, I'm a Linux newbie. Redhat 9 comes with the emu10k1 driver and it detected my sb live with that driver. Without realizing it I also had my onboard sound card enabled so it detected both cards. When I first installed Redhat and told it to use the sb live as the primary device the sound worked fine. Then I ran the updater and updated everything including my kernel. After that I was able to play the test sound and play mp3s (after the patch) in XMMS. But any other sound did not work. It was at that time that I figured out where the 2nd sound card was coming from so I disabled it in BIOS and Redhat automatically removed it when I booted back up but removing that sound card did not help with my sound issue.

Also I don't think it makes a difference but I have messed with the etc/module.conf a little bit. When I had 2 sound cards the module.conf created

alias sound-slot-0 emu10k1
alias sound-slot-1 cm9738

After that it had 2 bindings for "slot-0" and "slot-1". So I deleted everything with "slot-1" in it and changed "sound-slot-0" to "sound". When Redhat automatically removed my 2nd sound card it did not give any errors and it did not change the module.conf in any way that I noticed.

Anyway, so now I do not get most sounds, what should I do? Is there some setting that didn't get transfered when I updated my kernel that I need to change? Should I be updating my emu10k1 driver and how would I do that? Thanks for any help
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*bump* no one can help me on this?
Old 04-22-2004, 03:23 PM   #3
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Have you tried removing the soundblaster card from your hardware profile, and then scan for new sound hardware and reinstall it?
Old 04-22-2004, 07:01 PM   #4
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you can remove it from the profile? I've found a util that lets u view the profile but i haven't found a way to make changes
Old 04-24-2004, 11:39 AM   #5
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Go into your system's bios and turn off your onboard audio. Then go into your computer and yank the SB card. Start the computer. When it prompts you to detect new hardware do so. When it prompts you to remove either/both of the sound devices do so. Then reinsert your SB live card and start up your computer again. It should prompt you indicating that it has found new hard ware. Let it configure the card for you. Go in and test.

What I think your problem is that some of the applications may be sending output to the onboard audio and some to the sblive audio. Turning off the onboard in favor of the sb live is problably the best choice, unless you have something like Nvidia's soundstorm technology onboard.

Alternatively, to test this out, plug the speakers into your onboard audio to see if sound comes out for those appls that don't seem to play sound.

I've read alot about how poorly linux handles sound cards lately. I don't know how true/false those are. I just hear mucho about how people don't like how Linux handles sound.


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