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Old 11-23-2003, 01:25 PM   #1
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Alsa won't recongnize soundblaster 16


Hello all.
I'm running mandrake 9.2 and trying to install a soundblaster 16 to replace the onboard ymfpci card (source of all my worldly woes) my tower came with. Every reply I've seen asks for an output from the lsmod command, then recommends running sndconfig. sndconfig returns the error : command not found.
Do I need to install some package?
Lsmod returns:

Module Size Used by Not tainted
udf 88736 0 (autoclean)
sg 35068 0 (autoclean) (unused)
st 30680 0 (autoclean) (unused)
sr_mod 19384 0 (autoclean) (unused)
sd_mod 13804 0 (autoclean) (unused)
scsi_mod 106176 4 (autoclean) [sg st sr_mod sd_mod]
parport_pc 25544 1 (autoclean)
lp 8160 0 (autoclean)
parport 34472 1 (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
snd 41380 0
soundcore 6340 0 [snd]
nfsd 75280 8 (autoclean)
af_packet 14856 1 (autoclean)
ide-floppy 16128 0 (autoclean)
ide-tape 48816 0 (autoclean)
ide-cd 33956 0 (autoclean)
cdrom 32608 0 (autoclean) [sr_mod ide-cd]
floppy 55932 0
8139too 17384 1 (autoclean)
mii 3864 0 (autoclean) [8139too]
supermount 84032 3 (autoclean)
usbmouse 2936 0 (unused)
keybdev 2756 0 (unused)
mousedev 5428 1
hid 24164 0 (unused)
input 5696 0 [usbmouse keybdev mousedev hid]
printer 8576 0 (unused)
usb-uhci 25136 0 (unused)
usbcore 74988 1 [usbmouse hid printer usb-uhci]
rtc 9004 0 (autoclean)
ext3 60048 2
jbd 39264 2 [ext3]



Thanx in advance

Last edited by storyteller; 11-23-2003 at 05:02 PM.
 
Old 11-23-2003, 01:37 PM   #2
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sndconfig would be in /sbin I think, or possibly /bin but on Mandrake 9.0 it wasn't installed initially, I've forgotten whether I got it off of the disks or whether I had to get the package off the net.

Cheers
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Old 11-23-2003, 02:07 PM   #3
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O.k., I found sndconfig on the 9.2 disc and installed it. When I ran it though, it says I need sb.o.gz.
I googled for it but can't find a download.
From what I gather it's built into the kernel. Do I have to rebuild my kernel?

p.s. thanx 4 the help.
 
Old 11-23-2003, 02:29 PM   #4
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It's saying you need your sb driver. I'm guessing you have to redo your kernel or something.
 
Old 11-23-2003, 03:50 PM   #5
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O.k., I've successfully installed my soundblaster 16 and it gives beautiful sound. However, alsa will not recognize it, and returns the error message: alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory.
All my sound progs run through alsa. I tried a google search, and though I find instances of the exact same error messages, none of the solutions are applicable. How do I configure alsa to a new card?

Thanks.
 
Old 11-23-2003, 04:37 PM   #6
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I've found a post from someone with a similar problem here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t=snd_ctl_open
But with a different sound card, and I don't know how to convert the info to my card.

I found this in another post:

news flash: i found out how to fix the problem. it's just a matter of linking the sound devices, and this can be done by running the snddevices script in the untarred alsa-driver directory. i know it said you shouldn't have to do it for the newer drivers, but ignore that.

However, I don't have a snddevices script on my pc, and if I try to uninstall alsa to install from cvs or source it want's to disassemble my entire system (kde-base, kde-artwork, the list goes on and on.).

Is there a sipmle solution to this? My only other option is to scrap mandrake and try something new.

thnx.
 
Old 11-24-2003, 12:57 PM   #7
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Can't you just download the alsa-driver-0.9.x.tar.bz2 file, untar and extract it in your home directory, or into /usr/src/alsa/ (you'll probably have to create this) run the script and then delete everything.

Cheers
Amos
 
  


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