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Old 03-19-2003, 07:01 PM   #1
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RedHat 8.0 & Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live!

Hi...I am exremely new to Linux, and just installed RedHat 8.0. Almost everything seems to function great, but I cannot hear any sound. The system reconizes the sound card under the Sound Card Detection...but I get no sound when I click "Play Test Sound." It seems to be somewhat of a common problem because I've seen other people with the same problem. I cannot seem to find a solution that I can I said, I'm not very savvy with this Linux stuff yet.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

Old 03-20-2003, 07:01 PM   #2
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Open up a terminal window and type:

ls -l /dev/dsp

You should then see something like this:

crwxr--r-- <bunch of stuff here> /dev/dsp

This shows that only root has Read Write and eXecute permissions. You will want to change this so that your user and groups can access it. You need to be root to do this so now type this:

su -
password: <enter root password here>

chmod 755 /dev/dsp

Now, if you type ls -l /dev/dsp you should see this:


indicating that you can execute it. /dev/dsp is the sound server that will need to run for you to hear anything. Since we're logged into a terminal as root, you might as well type:

chmod 755 /dev/mixer

to give your users/groups permissions for the sound mixer as well. If this doesn't solve your problem, please post any errors you have here. Also, we'll need to make sure that you've actually set up your sound card. If you log into X as root, can you hear sounds?

Hope this helps.


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