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Old 04-04-2004, 02:52 PM   #1
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Getting Soundcard to Work

Hello, All --

Thanks to the prompting from this board, I am up and running with Red Hat 9!

I've stumbled through the graphics and printer configurations to my satisfaction, and now I'm trying to get my soundcard to work. It's a Rockwell Riptide that came with the PC I'm using, and apparently the only support is available from Linuxant. Searching the forum archives show that other people have gotten it to work correctly.

I checked my kernel version and got the RPM from the site (still can't post URLs). I even extracted the RPM from the zip and launched it. It asked me for root password (which I provided), and then did something fast... and that's all. The sound card is still not working and still not detected.

Is double-clicking all you have to do to install an RPM? Is there additional configuration I should be doing? The getting started guide talks about modifying /etc/modules.conf -- is this what I do next?

Also, some of the other posts mentioned a utility called lpsci, but I couldn't figure out how to run it. Does this come with the system by default or do I have to install it?

It sucks to be clueless, so I appreciate your help. This is like starting all over again for me.

-- Otis
Old 04-04-2004, 03:24 PM   #2
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Clueless level going down some...

I managed to get a terminal open, sued to root, and copied the package to the RPM package directory. After that using an 'rpm -i (packagename).rpm' command line per the instructions seemed to work. I even located and ran /usr/sbin/ripconfig. Apparently, some entries were placed in /etc/modules.conf automatically, and I don't want to mess with them.

However, although everything seems to have gone OK, there is no indication that sound is working. The soundcard detection program still does not locate a soundcard, and I can't seem to make any noise come out of the speakers. The speakers DO work (I checked on another machine).

Is it possible the volume is too low? Do I have to reboot?

-- Otis
Old 04-04-2004, 07:19 PM   #3
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Just download the rpm's to your home,lets say its k3b<whatever>;
rpm -ivh or -Uvh k3b* <*> this way I don't have to type the <whateverpart>just make sure you only have one k3b in home,david
Old 04-04-2004, 10:59 PM   #4
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Riptide Audio Soundcard on Red Hat 9


I got the drivers from the Linuxant site.

I installed the RPM as root and ran 'ripconfig'.

I rebooted.

I ran the volume control and jiggled the main volume slider, while playing some sounds in the sound preferences control panel. This actually brought some sound for the first time!

However, the soundcard seems to intermittently wig out and start playing all kinds of noise. It will spontaneously recover from this. It seems like whenever it happens, a message like this pops up in the 'dmesg' log:


Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address cc937000
printing eip:
*pde = 01806067
*pte = 00000000
Oops: 0002
ide-cd cdrom riptidelow riptidesound opl3 mpu401 sound riptideint soundcore parport_pc lp parport autofs 8139too mii keybdev mousedev hid input usb-uhci usbco
CPU: 0
EIP: 0060:[<c0253c6f>] Tainted: P
EFLAGS: 00010246

EIP is at zlib_inflate_flush [kernel] 0x350f (2.4.20-30.9)
eax: 00000000 ebx: 00001000 ecx: 00000100 edx: 08055450
esi: 08055350 edi: cc937000 ebp: c3dcdf20 esp: c3dcdee0
ds: 0068 es: 0068 ss: 0068
Process esd (pid: 2312, stackpage=c3dcd000)
Stack: 00000000 00000100 00001000 0014f100 c0837480 cc8f98f5 cc936100 08054450
00001000 00001000 cc936100 c78bab94 00000000 00000000 c832a780 c4220c80
c3dcdf40 cc8f99b5 c0837480 08054450 00001000 cc8fce20 c3dcc000 00000000
Call Trace: [<cc8f98f5>] RipTidePutToBuffer [riptidelow] 0x259 (0xc3dcdef4))
[<cc8f99b5>] RipTideAddBuffer [riptidelow] 0x1d (0xc3dcdf24))
[<cc8fce20>] func_table [riptidelow] 0x0 (0xc3dcdf34))
[<cc8f3b61>] rt_write_dsp [riptidesound] 0x79 (0xc3dcdf44))
[<cc8f47a7>] rt_write [riptidesound] 0x4f (0xc3dcdf74))
[<c01477f3>] sys_write [kernel] 0xa3 (0xc3dcdf94))
[<c010953f>] system_call [kernel] 0x33 (0xc3dcdfc0))

Code: f3 aa 58 59 e9 19 81 ff ff ba f2 ff ff ff e9 65 81 ff ff ba


Does anybody know what this means? It seems like something fairly low-level, but obviously I don't know what I'm talking about.

-- Otis
Old 04-05-2004, 09:26 AM   #5
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Reposting this thread with a more informative title so people know whether or not to look at it. "Linuxant Riptide Driver on RH9 causes Oops?"


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