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eam 05-31-2004 11:35 PM

Sound card not detected even after driver installed
I'm trying to get my sound card detected. My computer is a Dell Optiplex GX1. Distro is Red Hat 8 and kernel is 2.4.18-14.

/sbin/lspci output is:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
00:0f.0 PCI bridge: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21152 (rev 03)
00:11.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905B 100BaseTX [Cyclone] (rev 24)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro AGP 1X/2X (rev 5c)
02:09.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 05)

The only driver I could find was an rpm for Red Hat 6.1. It didn't help the card still isn't detected.

If it helps here is what happened when I installed it:
[root@QuickStrike eric]# rpm -i SBLive.rpm
2498 blocks
/bin/sed: can't read /etc/conf.modules: No such file or directory

Any help would be great... No sound isn't good :(

spuzzzzzzz 06-01-2004 04:29 AM

The lspci output is not promising. The sound card should show up even if the driver is not installed. Do you know that the sound card works?

summerson83 06-01-2004 06:15 AM

There seems to be an issue with sblive cards shipped with dell computers :

> Please note that the SoundBlaster Live 5.1 shipped with Dell Dimension 8200 is NOT supported. They have PCI ID 1102:0006.

see here :

I don't know if it is exactly your modele

Anyway, I own a SBLive Platinum (with the Livedrive rack) and followed the instructions given at this page, and everything is ok.

sclower 06-01-2004 10:10 AM

Have you tried installing the ALSA drivers for your card? If not, give them a look at Since you're using a somewhat older kernel, you'll probably want to stick to 0.9.5 of the drivers.
Good luck.

Peacedog 06-01-2004 01:27 PM

are you certain the card is pci, a pnpdump should show it if it's an isa device.
good luck.

eam 06-01-2004 09:41 PM

I know it works because when I used Knoppix I had sound. ALSA drivers didn't work either.

DarkoX 06-12-2004 02:11 AM

You said there is no /etc/conf.modules
Try to find /etc/modules.conf
You must read documentation. to find what to write in file /etc/modules.conf
Without that your card will not work.

Your card maybe already have support in kernel-modules.

You can try this::
insmod sb.o
insmod awe_wave.o

It is possible that your computer hang after you play some sound.

If it works, you have to write in your /etc/modules.conf:

alias sound-slot-0 sb
alias sound-service-0-1 awe_wave

Then I recommend ALSA which work nice with SB.

Or you can send me documentation that come with new drivers.

cgtueno 11-11-2004 01:14 AM


I use RH 8 on DELL Optiplex GX1 (PIII-400/450) Slimline

The sound adapter is integrated into the motherboard.

To setup the sound adapter go to

Download sndconfig for RH 8

Execute it.

Et Voila Mon Ami ! You can use the sound adapter !
The program updates modules.conf, etc

Note that the Xwindows desktop menu: soundcard detect option
will still show 'no sound card detected'. But the X applications
(CD PLayer etc) should all work ok.



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