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Old 10-24-2002, 09:38 PM   #1
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No sound when running Linux Redhat 8.0

hi i am a Linux newbie, so go easy on me ...
My sound card was detected when i installed Linux redhat 8.0.. it said...

Vendor: VIA Technologies
Model: VT8233 AC' 97 Audio Controller
Module: VIA82cxxx_audio

but no sound came out when i did the test. I finsished installation anyway, and then i was prompted with an error message when i logged into redhat. it said...

Sound Server informational message

Error while initializing the sound driver
Device /dev/dsp can't be opened ( no such device )

The sound server will continue using the null output device.

Any help on this would be much appreciated
Once again i am a newbie when telling me how to do something explain in as much detail as you can.

- e s k i
Old 10-26-2002, 06:20 PM   #2
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The following worked for me when I had sound problems:
In the BIOS I set:
Plug&Play OS present: NO
Hope it works.
Old 10-27-2002, 06:07 PM   #3
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Hey, I have the same sound card and had the same frustrating problem. I discovered that I needed some of the Realtek AC97 drivers loaded for my card. (Realtek made the IC or something like that.) Go to and under Downloads choose Computer Periphrial and Multimedia ICs and then AC'97 Audio CODECs. For me from here, I chose the ALC650 because that's what is on my motherboard (Asus A7V8X) and downloaded the drivers. Installation is kind of a pain but if you read the documentation carefully you can figure it out. Unfortunately, not everything is working with my sound yet, but hey, at least I have something. Hope this helps you.

Senor Pedo


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