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Old 09-26-2003, 04:08 AM   #1
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SB Live! help for Debian Woody

Hello All:

I installed woody using a network install, and I can't seem to get sound going. I had Debian compact (woody), which doesn't come with sound support, so I recompiled a 2.4.18 kernel with sound support. I forgot it I specified it as a loadable module or built it into the kernel. I have also installed it.

Well, it still doesnt work. The output of lsmod shows:

Module Size Used by Not tainted
nls_cp437 4384 4 (autoclean)
ide-floppy 11136 0
parport_pc 13060 1 (autoclean)
lp 5984 0 (unused)
parport 14624 1 [parport_pc lp]
af_packet 9032 1


The output of lspci shows the sound card:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82815 815 Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 1131 (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset PCI (rev 02)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset ISA Bridge (ICH2) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset IDE U100 (rev 02)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset USB (Hub A) (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset SMBus (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Vanta [NV6] (rev 15)
02:09.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX [Fast Etherlink] (rev 78)
02:0c.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 07)
02:0c.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! (rev 07)

crw-rw---- 1 root audio 14, 4 Mar 14 2002 audio
crw-rw---- 1 root audio 14, 3 Mar 14 2002 dsp
crwxrwxrwx 1 root audio 14, 0 Mar 14 2002 mixer

When I run xmms, I get the following message:

"Can't open audio"

Please check that:

1. You have the correct output plugin selected.
2. No Other programs is blocking the sound card.
3. Your sound card is configured properly..

Well, since the sound card appears in the lspci listing, I am assuming that part is proper.. However, it is absent in the lsmod listing, which says things are amiss?! I dunno.

What am I doing wrong? I am new to this Linux business.. I would appreciate any help. (I also cant access my cdrom drive and my floppy drive). I have to look into that issue though.

Old 09-26-2003, 09:20 AM   #2
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Yep, you have no sound driver loaded (it would be in the output of lsmod). You could try running 'sndconfig' (by installing the sndconfig package if needed).

But I prefer ALSA ( This needs packages:

alsa-modules-??? (to match your kernel)

You can also compile ALSA from source. In fact you might have to do this anyway if you didn't compile your kernel 'the Debian way' i.e. from a standard Debian kernel source package. The drivers in alsa-modules are kernel modules so have to match your kernel version.


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