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Old 04-06-2004, 01:53 PM   #1
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what's insmod? (soundcard driver problem)


my sound "card" is an onboard AC97 (the computer is an HP athlon 2000XP) in particular a Via Technology VT8233 (at least that's what sndconfig told me). When installing Redhat 9.0
(I installed everything on the rh 9.0 cd's because I was having OTHER problems with this)
the standard sound "card" driver (the one called vt8cxxx) didn't work so I go to Via Technologies website and get the driver listed for redhat 9.0. It happens to be a source code rpm. I follow the instructions and do a

rpmbuil --rebuild viaudiocombo-2.3-1.src.rpm ;
cd /usr/src/redhat/RPM ;
rpm -i viaudiocombo-2.3-1.i386.rpm

and I get the message below about tainting my kernel (which I think just means there's no warrenty and that the kernel hackers aren't obligated to fix it but it _SHOULD_ still work and is going to go ahead and try). And then it gives me the "insmod" error... so my questions are:

what's insmod?
How am I supposed to know which parameters to change?
How do I go about changing the parameters I'm supposed to change?

-------- install start --------
backup modules.conf to old.modules.conf
Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/sound/viaudiocombo.o will
taint the kernel: no license
See a url (had to snip it or I couldn't post) for information about tainted modules
/lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/sound/viaudiocombo.o: init_module: No such
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
/lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/sound/viaudiocombo.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/sound/viaudiocombo.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/sound/viaudiocombo.o: insmod viaudiocombo failed
-------- vinstall end --------

Old 04-06-2004, 03:49 PM   #2
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insmod is a command to insert modules/drivers into an already booted kernel.

As for the error, apparently the device that the module uses isnt present.
I guess, also try looking up documentation to see if you can specify a device to use, maybe the default /dev/audio is incorrectly linked.

I don't even know if /dev/audio exists, but you get the idea.
Old 04-06-2004, 03:54 PM   #3
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also click the link above and scroll down to linux, it has drivers for AC'97,
quite possible you may have the wrong driver for that device.


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