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Old 10-03-2003, 09:35 AM   #1
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Northants, UK
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SB16 Pro Sound not working in RH8

I have been running RH8 for some time now and have never been able to get sound to work (amongst a few other things but one at a time eh?).

I have a Creative Soundblaster 16 Pro ISAPnP card aboard that is recognised during the boot process and according to lsmod has drivers installed (output below, along with other outputs).

The card works if I insert a CD, but if I try to play a .wav file or anything else from the machine all I get is a few clicks. If I run sndconfig as root I can get the test sound but then the program hangs. If I run redhat-config-sound it reports that it cannot find a sound card!

This card works great in another PC (also running RH8) that I have been installing (which wouldn't recognise an Ensoniq card - subject of another thread.) The machine is a Pentium II.

I've read through various threads and can't see anything that has helped so far. Anybody got any more suggestions please?

Kind Regards

PS I have posted this problem in the Redhat forum early last month but didn't get very far with it, so apologies for the repeat if it offends anyone.

reported by dmesg after boot:
Linux version 2.4.20-20.8 ( (gcc version 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)) #1 Mon Aug 18 14:59:07 EDT 2003
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfd901, last bus=0
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
Activating ISA DMA hang workarounds.
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: SB audio device quirk - increasing port range
isapnp: Card 'Creative SB16 PnP'
isapnp: 1 Plug & Play card detected total
Soundblaster audio driver Copyright (C) by Hannu Savolainen 1993-1996
sb: Creative SB16 PnP detected
sb: ISAPnP reports 'Creative SB16 PnP' at i/o 0x220, irq 5, dma 1, 5
SB 4.13 detected OK (220)
sb: 1 Soundblaster PnP card(s) found.

Found in System Log after boot
Oct 3 13:12:24 scrumhalf modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-slot-1
Oct 3 13:12:24 scrumhalf modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-1-0
Oct 3 13:13:43 scrumhalf sb: Creative SB16 PnP detected
Oct 3 13:13:43 scrumhalf sb: ISAPnP reports 'Creative SB16 PnP' at i/o 0x220, irq 5, dma 1, 5
Oct 3 13:13:43 scrumhalf sb: SB 4.13 detected OK (220)
Oct 3 13:13:43 scrumhalf sb: 1 Soundblaster PnP card(s) found.
Oct 3 13:19:34 scrumhalf modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-0-3
Oct 3 13:24:25 scrumhalf kernel: Sound: DMA (output) timed out - IRQ/DRQ config error?

output of lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440FX - 82441FX PMC [Natoma] (rev 02)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II] (rev 01)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371SB PIIX3 IDE [Natoma/Triton II]
00:0b.0 SCSI storage controller: Adaptec AHA-2940U/UW/D / AIC-7881U
00:0f.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. 86c988 [ViRGE/VX] (rev 02)
00:11.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905B 100BaseTX [Cyclone] (rev 30)
00:13.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
00:13.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)

output of cat /proc/interrupts
0: 200685 XT-PIC timer
1: 2335 XT-PIC keyboard
2: 0 XT-PIC cascade
5: 33 XT-PIC soundblaster
8: 1 XT-PIC rtc
9: 117 XT-PIC eth0
10: 199770 XT-PIC aic7xxx
12: 43300 XT-PIC PS/2 Mouse
NMI: 0
ERR: 0

output of lsmod
Module Size Used by Not tainted
sr_mod 18200 0 (autoclean)
cdrom 33728 0 (autoclean) [sr_mod]
sb 9236 0 (autoclean)
sb_lib 44718 0 (autoclean) [sb]
uart401 8420 0 (autoclean) [sb_lib]
sound 74196 0 (autoclean) [sb_lib uart401]
soundcore 6500 4 (autoclean) [sb_lib sound]
autofs 13332 0 (autoclean) (unused)
3c59x 30704 1
iptable_filter 2412 0 (autoclean) (unused)
ip_tables 15096 1 [iptable_filter]
ext3 70880 3
jbd 51988 3 [ext3]
aic7xxx 140980 4
sd_mod 13484 8
scsi_mod 107576 3 [sr_mod aic7xxx sd_mod]

modules.conf entries
alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc
alias scsi_hostadapter aic7xxx
alias eth0 3c59x

#sound system
alias sound-slot-0 sb
post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
options sound dmabuf=1
alias synth0 op13
options op13 io=0x388
options sb isapnp=1
options sb io=0x220

alias char-major-89 i2c-dev
options i2c-core i2c_debug=1
options i2c-algo-bit bit_test=1

alias char-major-81 videodev
alias char-major-81-0 bttv
options bttv card=10
options tuner debug=1

(NB modules.conf shows a bttv TV card installed. Sound problems predate that install.)


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