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Old 04-18-2003, 02:57 PM   #1
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Sound trouble


I just installed Knoppix 3.2 ( 4/15/03 build )....a sub distro of debian on a brand new computer.

When I toggle the knob on my speakers I get some noise, but no sound( with cd's or my radio card). My sound doesn't work.

I tried sndconfig, but it didn't help. The tests failed.

I have onboard sound, my motherboard is a
Intel Desktop Board D845PESV

Someone told me to get specs for the "sound card" and try to find a linux driver.

No such information in the manual for the motherboard. I emailed intel, but I am not optimistic.

How can I find more information to get the appropriate driver for the onboard sound, if it exists?

Am I better off just getting a real sound card and if so what is the one best supported by gnu/linux?

Thanks in advance

Old 04-18-2003, 04:31 PM   #2
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check Knoppix

What you need is a sound card supported by Knoppix. Knoppix only supports a subset of all the devices supported by Linux and Linux does not support every known device.

Check out the Knoppix web site for what sound cards are supported by Knoppix.
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A search in this site or on google may turn up some good answers.
Also, you might want to check out
Old 04-19-2003, 07:23 AM   #4
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more info


Here is more information. Sorry about not including it sooner.

Brand new machine, brand new hardware, about two months old. LOL, I wish someone would have warned me about spanking new hardware and gnu/linux .

I am using knoppix 3.2 build 4/15/03

Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board D845PESV
- it packs a Pentium 4 processor
- it has onboard sound

I read the manual( a whole 15 pages ) and there are no specs for the sound component.

I went to to intel support at
I sent an email request for specs about the onboard sound componenet. A robot sent me back a list of general articles to read

I ran sndconfig with the following results:
- it said it found a pci card on my system ( I don't think I have a pci bus/device )
- it said the "card" was: Intel Corp 182801DB AC '97 Audio
- the sound test failed with the following errors:

- no such device
-insmod failed
- insmod sound-slot failed

I'm new to debian, have been solving other problems, haven't learned apt-get yet so I ran kpackage and found out that I have the following installed:
- alsa-headers 0.9.2-5
- knx-alsa 0.1-2

Does this mean that I don't have alsa installed?

I ran lspci | grep udio and got:
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Audio (rev 02)
02:02.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)

not much more info that what sndconfig told me I'm afraid.

So, is there anything else I can try to get the onboard sound working?
If not please tell me about good sound guards not already mentioned that will be easy to find in a big computer store and that will have the best chance of working with my motherboard and knoppix.

Thanks in advance for the help

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Man i am also facing same problem. We both are in same boat. If u find some solution of it, please let me know.


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Sound Card detected but audio test fails...

Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board D845PESV
- Pentium 4 processor
- has onboard sound card



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