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Old 12-28-2006, 01:15 AM   #1
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help no sound

hey all im running Ubunto linux 5.10 and im new to it! i have a sound blaster live 24 bit sound card and there is no sound.. what packages do i need to download. or what do i need to do im totaly lost and dont know what to do !! i need my sound please help me
Old 12-28-2006, 03:35 AM   #2
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I'd suggest that initially, you might try to get a copy of 6.10 (known as Edgy). It may just solve your problem - what with newer/better/greater/more up to date hardware detection. You may also just be able to look into changing all your repositories in the /etc/apt/sources.list file and run the updates.

ALSA is probably what you need to be looking at to get the sound working - erm it may also be relevant as to which desktop environment you're running as advice might be "tool" specific i.e. Ubuntu normally uses gnome as it's default desktop, though it's no difficulty to install KDE instead (which is my personal choice).

You might look at the Ubuntu (or debian if LQ doesn't have specifically Ubuntu) distro forum. Or you can also google for Ubuntu forums - they have lots of distro specific info - erm I think that 5.10 was called "Hoary"

Sorry can't be of more help (oh, and I think that you'd be needing snd-emu10k for the driver for your sound card - mines similar).


Old 12-28-2006, 04:43 AM   #3
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Have you try checking the mixer settings. Some distros
have the sound off by default. When I install slackware
11.0, the sound was disable. I ran kmix, kmix is a sound mixer. I was right the sound was off, I click on the
green LED to turn on master volume, pcm and line and
then move the slider up. And sound was heard. If no success here, the next thing to try is alsamixer.

Enable each source and move slider up and test for sound.

Hope this works for you.
Old 12-28-2006, 11:25 AM   #4
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i have the alsamixer and i seen that last night.

the alsamixer has all the sound bars i have 7.1 surround sound card but use 5.1 speakers how do i turn on the sound?? and i used the package finder and got all the alsa stuff... still no luck.... lol

im just lost.
Old 12-28-2006, 11:28 AM   #5
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when i do the kmix and goto switches all of them are red and the SPDIF is yellow?
Old 12-28-2006, 11:43 AM   #6
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this is what i get when i do ls mod

Module Size Used by
nls_cp437 5888 1
isofs 32824 1
udf 75652 0
rfcomm 34972 0
l2cap 22404 5 rfcomm
bluetooth 43012 4 rfcomm,l2cap
cpufreq_userspace 4444 0
cpufreq_stats 5124 0
freq_table 4484 1 cpufreq_stats
cpufreq_powersave 1920 0
cpufreq_ondemand 5916 0
cpufreq_conservative 6820 0
video 16004 0
tc1100_wmi 6916 0
sony_acpi 5516 0
pcc_acpi 11392 0
hotkey 9508 0
dev_acpi 11396 0
i2c_acpi_ec 5760 0
button 6672 0
battery 9604 0
container 4608 0
ac 4996 0
ipv6 217408 6
af_packet 20232 2
tsdev 7616 0
floppy 52692 0
pcspkr 3652 0
rtc 11832 0
i2c_viapro 7696 0
i2c_core 19728 2 i2c_acpi_ec,i2c_viapro
via_ircc 23700 0
irda 159804 1 via_ircc
crc_ccitt 2176 1 irda
snd_ca0106 27172 2
snd_ac97_codec 72188 1 snd_ca0106
snd_pcm_oss 46368 0
snd_mixer_oss 16128 2 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 78344 3 snd_ca0106,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 21764 1 snd_pcm
snd 48644 8 snd_ca0106,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore 9184 2 snd
snd_page_alloc 10120 2 snd_ca0106,snd_pcm
pci_hotplug 24628 0
via_agp 9472 1
agpgart 32328 1 via_agp
dm_mod 50364 1
evdev 9088 0
psmouse 26116 0
mousedev 10912 1
parport_pc 31812 1
lp 11460 0
parport 32072 2 parport_pc,lp
md 40656 0
ext3 116104 1
jbd 48536 1 ext3
thermal 13192 0
processor 23100 1 thermal
fan 4740 0
usbhid 30688 0
uhci_hcd 28048 0
usbcore 104316 3 usbhid,uhci_hcd
8139too 23552 0
8139cp 18432 0
mii 5248 2 8139too,8139cp
ide_cd 36996 1
cdrom 33952 1 ide_cd
ide_disk 16128 3
ide_generic 1664 0
via82cxxx 12188 1
ide_core 125268 4 ide_cd,ide_disk,ide_generic,via82cxxx
unix 24624 615
vesafb 8088 0
capability 5000 0
commoncap 6784 1 capability
vga16fb 12232 1
vgastate 8320 1 vga16fb
softcursor 2432 2 vesafb,vga16fb
cfbimgblt 2944 2 vesafb,vga16fb
cfbfillrect 3840 2 vesafb,vga16fb
cfbcopyarea 4480 2 vesafb,vga16fb
fbcon 34176 72
tileblit 2560 1 fbcon
font 8448 1 fbcon
bitblit 5248 1 fbcon
Old 12-28-2006, 01:47 PM   #7
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I notice from your first post that your soundcard is a
sound blaster live 24. There is a module for the
sound blaster live, but not with the 24 bit. You could try
the original sound blaster live module. As root type
modprobe emu10k1
If you get no errors, run lsmod to see if it was loaded, and repeat the mixer settings again.
Old 12-28-2006, 02:47 PM   #8
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ohh so it would probley be best just to use my onboard sound card. then.. lol well anyways im thinking of going back to windows being i lost my disk and thats why i am running linux dont quit understand all of this lol to much like php programming to me..
Old 12-28-2006, 03:42 PM   #9
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Sorry, it did not work out. I did a google search. It seems like you are not the only one having problems with this particular soundcard in linux. All linux distros
are not equal. Some have extensive hardware support and others to not. There is a linux distro that supports
your soundcard. It's called xandros. I checked the
HCL (ie. Hardware compatibility list ) the website is:

Click on sound cards. Scroll down and you will see your soundcard with a check mark. Xandros is not free. What you
are buying is ease of use and support.

I remembered a quote. Someone ask which operating system is best Windows, Mac or linux?

The reply was:
Use what works for you.
Old 12-29-2006, 05:50 PM   #10
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Well, seeing that the other post where i replied was closed, i'll post my message here again!

Seeing the information from

cardname: Sound Blaster Live 24bit
chipset: SB0410 P17
Drivers: (ca0106)
Notes: [ANio] [MIDIio] (4)

It should work with alsa, so try installing or if you allready have it installed, update it.

And try to see if the ca0106 module has been loaded @ all.

try: lsmod | grep ca0106

if it hasn't been loaded yet, load it.
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yeah went windows thanks all


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