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Old 07-17-2002, 03:30 AM   #1
Xiang Wei
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Unhappy Sound Server not loading

I've just installed Mandrake 8.2 and i cannot get the soundcards to configure correctly. I have to sound cards a midiman delta 66 and a soundblaster live. They are both recognized by the computer, but when I start up I get this message :

SNDCTL_DSP_SETFMT invalid argument
using null output device

I have also just found out that I have the old alsa installed instead of the new 9.0 package.
I can't seem to quite figure out how to get rid of the old alsa drivers and
install the new ones.

When I input lsmod the driver doesn't show up. Then I modprob the driver and it shows up like this:

Module Size Used by Not tainted
emu10k1 57984 0 (unused)
sound 57292 0 [emu10k1]
ac97_codec 9568 0 [emu10k1]
ppp_synctty 5120 0 (unused)
ppp_async 6560 1
ppp_generic 19880 3 [ppp_synctty ppp_async]
slhc 5056 0 [ppp_generic]
sr_mod 15160 0 (autoclean) (unused)
snd-seq-oss 25600 0 (unused)
snd-seq-midi-event 3184 0 [snd-seq-oss]
snd-seq 40880 0 [snd-seq-oss snd-seq-midi-event]
snd-pcm-oss 18816 0
snd-pcm-plugin 16080 0 [snd-pcm-oss]
snd-mixer-oss 4704 0 [snd-pcm-oss]
parport_pc 22088 1 (autoclean)
snd-card-ice1712 2688 0
snd-ice1712 13408 0 [snd-card-ice1712]
snd-ac97-codec 24896 0 [snd-ice1712]
snd-mixer 24328 0 [snd-mixer-oss snd-ice1712 snd-ac97-codec]
lp 6464 0 (autoclean)
snd-pcm 31616 0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-pcm-plugin snd-ice1712]
snd-timer 8576 0 [snd-seq snd-pcm]
parport 23968 1 (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
snd-mpu401-uart 2512 0 [snd-card-ice1712 snd-ice1712]
snd-rawmidi 10112 0 [snd-mpu401-uart]
snd-seq-device 3948 0 [snd-seq-oss snd-seq snd-rawmidi]
snd 34272 1 [snd-seq-oss snd-seq-midi-event snd-seq snd-pcm-oss snd-pcm-plugin snd-mixer-oss snd-card-ice1712 snd-ice1712 snd-ac97-codec snd-mixer snd-pcm snd-timer snd-mpu401-uart snd-rawmidi snd-seq-device]
soundcore 4068 9 [emu10k1 sound snd]
af_packet 12488 2 (autoclean)
keybdev 1856 0 (unused)
mousedev 4160 0 (unused)
hid 18528 0 (unused)
input 3616 0 [keybdev mousedev hid]
printer 5824 0
usb-uhci 21668 0 (unused)
usbcore 59072 1 [hid printer usb-uhci]
8139too 14336 1 (autoclean)
mii 1360 0 (autoclean) [8139too]
nls_iso8859-1 2816 3 (autoclean)
nls_cp850 3584 3 (autoclean)
vfat 9788 3 (autoclean)
fat 31384 0 (autoclean) [vfat]
supermount 62180 3 (autoclean)
ide-scsi 8032 0
scsi_mod 92488 2 [sr_mod ide-scsi]
rtc 5912 0 (autoclean)

Being A newbie I really don't know what's up with the list
except it tells you what's loaded and what is not.

I've also tried sndconfig and it says that there is an invalid buffer size 0

I've looked up some info and realize that with the delta 66 card you have to
use ALSA, but I'm not sure if I haved the configured right either.
Some of the alsa programs are loaded on my system, but they don't seem to be doing anything.

I have also disabled plug and play os in the bios.

I really want to do multi track recording and of course play MP3's so I can get rid of Windows

Last edited by Xiang Wei; 07-17-2002 at 06:02 AM.


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