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Old 06-02-2005, 09:49 AM   #1
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Is sound with Fedora really that difficult?

I'm fairly new to Linux and have set up my box with little trouble except when it comes to sound. I have tried many and various solutions posted on the web with no luck.

I'm running RHFC 3 on Athlon 3200 64bit and my sound card is onboard.

lsmod returns:

Module Size Used by
parport_pc 33193 0
lp 16593 0
parport 49741 2 parport_pc,lp
autofs4 31177 0
i2c_dev 15041 0
i2c_core 27841 1 i2c_dev
sunrpc 195641 1
pcmcia 31761 0
yenta_socket 24265 0
rsrc_nonstatic 11073 1 yenta_socket
pcmcia_core 57113 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
video 19273 0
button 8289 0
battery 11337 0
ac 5961 0
md5 5057 1
ipv6 306113 8
ohci1394 42456 0
ieee1394 389753 1 ohci1394
ohci_hcd 28117 0
ehci_hcd 42957 0
snd_intel8x0 38528 0
snd_ac97_codec 99800 1 snd_intel8x0
snd_pcm_oss 60192 0
snd_mixer_oss 19968 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 119180 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 34952 1 snd_pcm
snd 68104 6 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore 13153 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 10248 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
8139too 32833 0
mii 6209 1 8139too
floppy 74609 0
dm_snapshot 18985 0
dm_zero 3137 0
dm_mirror 27897 0
ext3 151249 2
jbd 89713 1 ext3
dm_mod 71593 6 dm_snapshot,dm_zero,dm_mirror
sata_sis 8385 0
libata 54985 1 sata_sis
sd_mod 21057 0
scsi_mod 167697 2 libata,sd_mod

and lspci | grep audio

00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Sound Controller (rev a0)

I've tried installing the alsa drivers manually and also using smart and yumex. When I try and run alsamixer I get:

alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory

Anyone with some help or direction to a knowledge base article that might help would be appreciated.
Old 06-02-2005, 10:01 AM   #2
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alsaconf...what does that say??
should find your card ok.
I've had some problems on my laptop now, using the snd-intel8x0 module.
I've upgraded to the latests kernel: and with a few tweaks sound is back.
after recompile of new kernel, /dev/dsp0 doesn't exists.
mknod /dev/dsp0 c 14 3
chmod 777 /dev/dsp*
mknod /dev/mixer0 c 14 3
chmod 777 /dev/mixer*
solved the problem for me...

Old 06-02-2005, 02:58 PM   #3
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alsaconf says it detects the card but then it seems to fail with the detection at the last stage, after it prompts you to change /etc/modprobe.conf - is there a log that is written?

I like what I see in your reply about fixing /dev/dsp0 I have hunch that might be it. I'll check it out when I get home.

Thanks akilles
Old 06-03-2005, 07:56 AM   #4
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not sure if a log is written, I'm afraid.

hope you get it working. be sure to post if it worked or not.

Old 06-03-2005, 11:05 AM   #5
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thanks akilles. I spoke with a friend and he suggested purchasing a soundcard rather than using the onboard sound for a number of reasons, one of which was that my onboard sound would probably cause me a lot of extra work. Well, I bought the card and after installation it was detected and I had sound within mins - can't believe I spent about a week trying to get onboard sound to work!!!! When I get some more spare time I'm going to look into the onboard sound again. Thanks for your help.


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