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Old 06-11-2004, 07:53 PM   #1
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Help installing sound card

Trying to install sound card. Here are the diretions...I don't have the /usr/src/linux

I have...

[root@x1-6-00-a0-cc-5f-d9-d3 usr]# dir
bin etc games include lib local sbin share src tmp X11R6


1. Backup the and Makefile in the sound driver directory

2. Extract the tar file by 'tar xvzf cmpci-xx.tar.gz' in the above

3. Change directory to /usr/src/linux

4. Config cm8338 driver by 'make menuconfig', 'make config' or
'make xconfig' command.

5. Please select Sound Card (CONFIG_SOUND=m) support and CMPCI
driver (CONFIG_SOUND_CMPCI=m) as modules. Resident mode not tested.
For driver option, please refer 'DRIVER PARAMETER'

6. Compile the kernel if necessary.

7. Compile the modules by 'make modules'.

8. Install the modules by 'make modules_install'


1. Before first time to run the driver, create module dependency by
'depmod -a'

2. To install the driver manually, enter 'modprobe cmpci'.

3. Driver installation for various distributions:

a. Slackware 4.0
Add the 'modprobe cmpci' command in your /etc/rc.d/rc.modules you can start the driver automatically each time booting.

b. Caldera OpenLinux 2.2
Use LISA to load the cmpci module.

c. RedHat 6.0 and S.u.S.E. 6.1
Add following command in /etc/conf.modules:

alias sound cmpci

also visit for installation instruction.


Some functions for the cm8738 can be configured in Kernel Configuration
or modules parameters. Set these parameters to 1 to enable.

spdif_loop: Enable S/PDIF loop, this route S/PDIF-in to S/PDIF-out
four_ch: Enable 4 channels mode, rear-out or line-in will output
the same as line-out.
rear_out: Enable this if you have independent rear-out jacket on
your sound card, otherwise line-in will be used as
modem: You will need to set this parameter if you want to use
the HSP modem. You need install the pctel.o, the modem
driver itself.
joystich: Enable joystick. You will need to install Linux joystick
Old 06-11-2004, 08:16 PM   #2
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that's a fairly old guide to install, have you tried alsamixer to unmute sound, also have a look at this

this card should work, it's been supported for a while.


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