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Old 08-15-2003, 04:17 PM   #1
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Exclamation VIA VT8233 AC'97 audio driver problem with redhat 8.0

I just installed redhat 8.0 on my computer. during the setup redhat said it found my sound card and asked to play a test sound. the test sound didn't play. when i logged in after the reboot i tried to play a CD, and no sound came out. i than ran sndconfig (/usr/sbin/sndconfig) it said it found the onboard audio then it listed a bunch of errors as listed below.

│ │
│ /lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/sound/via82cxxx_audio.o: │
│ init_module: No such device │
│ /lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/sound/via82cxxx_audio.o: │
│ insmod │
│ /lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/sound/via82cxxx_audio.o │
│ failed │
│ /lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/sound/via82cxxx_audio.o: │
│ insmod sound-slot-0 failed │

i then downloaded the drivers from VIA for redhat 8 and it came in a .gz file. when i unzipped it, i looked at the files and had no idea what to do with them.the directions didn't help ether. i was reading a website that said something about turning them into .rpm install files but that confused me . i am extremely new to linux and need some help with this problem. like i said it is a VIA Technologies VT8233 AC'97 Audio Controller build into a ASUS A7V8X motherboard. also if you find the drivers in a nice self-install package like drivers for windows please let me know

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Old 08-15-2003, 09:59 PM   #2
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Same problem

I have the Gigabyte GA-7VAXP with the AC97 onboard sound, and I can't figure out how to get it to work either. I've seen stuff about recompiling the kernel with sound support, installing alsa, and loading kernel modules, but in every case I can't figure it out. There is lots of stuff out there on message boards and stuff, but none of it makes sense. It sucks being a newb.
BTW: I have redhat 8.0, as well.
Old 08-15-2003, 10:23 PM   #3
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did you just modprobe the card module? because unless soundcore is built into the kernel you could try probing in sound too.

just guessing though as i do not use RH.
Old 08-16-2003, 09:15 AM   #4
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If you really can't solve the problem inside RH there do exist some pre-built RPMs to install ALSA. See

Read this carefully - driver package has to match your kernel exactly. There are packages there for RH8 and RH9. Disclaimer: I haven't touched RH for years, much less had any experience of ALSA with RH. I'm just pointing out the existence of these things.


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