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Old 07-07-2004, 09:35 PM   #1
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Trouble with Sound Blaster Audigy LS

I am trying to put together a MythTV box (by no means an easy job) on Fedora Core 2. Before I get too far into the install process, I want to make sure that I have my audio card operating correctly. So far, I am unable to get either my onboard audio or my Audigy LS to play the test sound. My motherboard is a Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe. Here are the audio specs of the board:

Realtek ALC650 6-Channel CODEC
Integrated APU(Audio Processor Unit)
Dolby Digital (AC-3) Encorder
S/PDIF in / out interface

I would rather use the Audigy LS instead of the onboard audio, but I'm confused that neither one seems to be picked up by the Fedora installer or sound configuration GUI. When I log into the desktop (KDE), the following error message appears:

Sound server initialization message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp cannot be opened (no such device)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.

I have run the Soundcard Detection tool with speakers plugged into both the onboard jacks and the Audigy jacks, but haven't heard a sound yet. This is the information detected by the tool:

Vendor: nVidia Corporation
Model: nForce2 AC97 Audio Controller (MCP)
Module: snd-intel8x0

Can anybody tell me where I should be looking for more error messages/information? Any help in getting the Audigy card working will be appreciated.

Old 07-08-2004, 01:58 AM   #2
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As of the last time I checked, the LS was unsupported by OSS or ALSA. However I've heard talk about a patch being developed for it. Don't know much about it, though.

Last edited by adz; 07-08-2004 at 01:59 AM.
Old 07-08-2004, 01:56 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll try that out. I hope it works.


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