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Old 04-17-2006, 12:24 AM   #1
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Fedora Core 5: ALSA issues.

I've been using FC5 for about a month and a half so far, and it has been quite good. However, I booted up my pc this morning, and the sound server refused to start, telling me:

Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
device: default can't be opened for playback (Invalid argument)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.
I'm using ALSA, and have an onboard AC'97 soundcard. Its enabled and everything is normal in the BIOS. Does anyone have any ideas? I've trawled google but the only thing I can come up with is reinstalling ALSA, and I'm not even sure that would work.

Which brings me to something else: How in the world do you uninstall programs that have been compiled from source in Linux?? If I do yum remove [whatever] , it'll process dependencies, and get rid of millions of other programs, resulting in an almost blank installation. The JAVA on my PC is royally screwed, and I need to wipe the slate clean and start again with it. How do I do this?

Also, I've been trying to configure my wireless card to a static ip. It's loaded through ndiswrapper: WMP54g. The system-config-network doesn't see it. Up till now i've just been doing /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 essid linksys, and then /sbin/dhclient wlan0. But that is using DHCP. Does anyone know how I would do it for a static IP?

Thanks for putting up with my noobness if you've gotten this far,
Old 04-17-2006, 06:00 AM   #2
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For the sound problem, would you post the results of the following command?

/sbin/lsmod | grep snd

That will show if you have all the necessary sound modules loaded.

As for your java installation, you should be able to delete the directroy where java is installed. Then download a new version, and install it. I have done this several times with success. There are instructions on Suns web site.

Sorry I can't help with the other questions. I have never used wireless on linux.
Not at all sure how to remove compiled programs. I do as little of that as possible.
Old 04-17-2006, 08:05 PM   #3
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Here are the results of /sbin/lsmod |grep sound:
snd_usb_audio 69441 0
snd_usb_lib 15041 1 snd_usb_audio
snd_rawmidi 24001 1 snd_usb_lib
snd_hwdep 9541 1 snd_usb_audio
snd_intel8x0 30301 0
snd_ac97_codec 83937 1 snd_intel8x0
snd_ac97_bus 2497 1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_seq_dummy 3781 0
snd_seq_oss 28993 0
snd_seq_midi_event 7105 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 47153 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 8909 4 snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss 45009 0
snd_mixer_oss 16449 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 76869 4 snd_usb_audio,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 22597 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 50500 12 snd_usb_audio,snd_rawmidi,snd_hwdep,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,s nd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_time
Thanks for your trouble.
Old 04-18-2006, 10:32 AM   #4
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I dond see the module soundcore loaded. You need that for any sound card. Do a 'modprobe soundcore' and try again. From what I can see, you have everythin else you should need.


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