Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 03-16-2006, 05:47 AM   #1
Myrddins Druid
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Old Blighty
Distribution: Ubuntu 6.10 & Fedora Core 6
Posts: 20

Rep: Reputation: 0
No audio hardware identified

I am very new to Linux based operating system & have just installed Kubuntu 5.10 onto an old Compaq SFF Dopens 450Mhz machine. Unfortunatly it does not identify the audio hadware & comes up with an error message as follows.

Sound server informational message:

error while initializing the sound driver:

device /dev/dsp can't opened (no such file or directory)

the sound server will continue, using the null output device

I believe the onboard hardware is ES1869 Plug & play audio Drive WDM (I have another unit running windows XP)

The hardware may be old & slow but they are perfect for P2P as are quiet & can be left running 24/7 so would realy love to get linux running on em instead of windows.
Old 03-16-2006, 06:31 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Brazil
Distribution: Slackware, openSuSe, Ubuntu, Fedora
Posts: 56

Rep: Reputation: 16
You should try google also..
First of all, what is the module running for your sound device?

Take a look at this post

Old 03-16-2006, 06:34 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: May 2004
Location: Albuquerque, NM USA
Distribution: Debian-Lenny/Sid 32/64 Desktop: Generic AMD64-EVGA 680i Laptop: Generic Intel SIS-AC97
Posts: 4,250

Rep: Reputation: 62
I assume you have tried alsaconf. (Download alsa-base, alsa-utils, and run # alsaconf)
Old 03-17-2006, 04:23 AM   #4
Myrddins Druid
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Old Blighty
Distribution: Ubuntu 6.10 & Fedora Core 6
Posts: 20

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
thanks for the information. looks like the best cource of action would be to install a standard soundblaster card & go from there.

As said I am very new to Linux & am still trying to get my head around the installing of software. I have sussed out the Debian packages (.deb) as they can be installed without having to type anything, but when it comes to any other package formats I am a fish out of water.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How can I know what hardware was not identified on my system ? hq4ever Linux - Hardware 5 11-23-2005 04:33 PM
audio question...might be hardware or software steve7575 Linux - General 1 10-29-2005 09:19 AM
Super Audio CD not readable - hardware or software? TreeHugger Linux - General 2 04-18-2005 04:36 PM
Audio recording hardware nube Linux - Hardware 0 04-02-2004 10:26 AM
I've a problem with integrated audio hardware la_crack Linux - Software 3 10-30-2003 11:04 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:51 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration