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Old 01-28-2003, 04:18 PM   #1
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Compiling A Sound Card Driver From .h And .c Files

I am converting my main workstation from Windows XP to Red Hat Linux 8.0. This is my first experience with Linux.

After installing Red Hat 8.0, I logged-in to KDE and was greeted with the following "Informational - artsmessage":

Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
can't start sound i/o
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.

I cannot hear sound from my speakers, and I presume that the driver did not load correctly. Using Red Hat's "Sound Card Configuration" I can see that my card uses a Cirrus Logic CS 4614 chip. I was happy to find a downloadable driver on the Cirrus Logic website specifically for this chip and the Linux 2.4x kernel. However, inside the downlad package, there were only .h and .c files. There was no make file, no readme, and no info files. I am not sure what to do now. I assume that I need to compile the driver somehow. I have two books on Linux which, despite their high cost, provide only snippets of the info I need to really get up and running, and neither mentions anything about compiling with .h or .c files. I know the Internet is a great resource, but my searches have not been successful.

If anyone knows how I can compile a driver using these .h and .c files, or if anyone can point me to a reference (in print or on the Internet or anywhere), it would be music to my ears.

Thank you very much,


Last edited by davescafe; 01-28-2003 at 04:28 PM.
Old 01-28-2003, 08:04 PM   #2
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gcc nameofcfile.c -o nameyouwantforoutputfile


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