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Old 07-07-2006, 02:50 AM   #1
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newbie needs some SB-Live help

I just installed debian sarge 3.1 with a 2.6x kernel and I have a soundblasterlive 24 bit card.
I cant get any sound out of my soundblaster card. Now the tricky part is
1. Im kinda new to this.
2. My buddy has the pc at his house, so i have to do it through ssh.

If anyone can help me through what i need to do to get this sound working would be awsome. I have libsound2, and a ton of alsa files installed but when i type alsaconf it cant detect my card, and says probing legacy cards, then i select to probe a wide range of cards (with my SB card checked as well) and then has no results. The prompt says this when its done.

Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm snd-page-alloc snd-timer.
Building card database...
Probing legacy cards.. This may take a few minutes..
Probing: opl3sa2 cs4236 cs4232 cs4231 es18xx es1688 sb16 sb8

when i run alsamixer i get this error

alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device

So at this point im kinda stuck.

Old 07-07-2006, 03:00 AM   #2
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This might be a little more helpful as well.

lspci | grep 'audio'
0000:01:09.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy LS
Old 08-10-2006, 01:57 PM   #3
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check the hardware compatibility listing for it and ignore KohyKole's postings. The LS is a COMPLETELY different card from other Audigy and MUST HAVE the odd audigyls driver to work.

(unless they've changed it )
Old 08-10-2006, 02:04 PM   #4
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just checked...


the audigy ls is still blacklisted...
Old 08-11-2006, 09:29 AM   #5
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I use Fedora Core 3 rather than Debian. When testing a soundcard for the first time after a Linux install, I've always found the main volume is turned down so low you can't hear anything. Sometimes I have to open the volume controls and change those settings before any noise comes out.

I've been using Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 (model SB0100) cards for months, trouble free, but they use the EMU10K1 chipset, not EMU10KX. Surely the EMU10K1 is not "blacklisted"?
Old 08-14-2006, 09:30 AM   #6
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the entire SBLive series and so far as i know ever other soundcard ever made by creative apart from the audigy LS works fantasticly.
ONLY THE LS variant of the AUDIGY is dodgy and even that works so far as producing stereo sound.

I favour OSSfree so left all that alsa nonsense behind...hohum.
Old 08-15-2006, 01:39 PM   #7
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what does these return?
lsmod | grep snd
aplay -l
Also, do you have a .asoundrc file?
Old 08-15-2006, 02:35 PM   #8
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I had this problem, it cured by restarting the pc.

If that fails, then there's a script which comes when you download the sources from and compile them, run the script called snddevices, so run ./snddevices

That should create the missing files it wants and everything should be working fine after that.


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