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Old 12-25-2003, 01:35 AM   #31
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SoundBlaster live - no probs in Slack, Mandrake etc - well quality is a little fuzzy - but then again, if I want to listen to music I use a hifi.
Old 12-26-2003, 11:01 AM   #32
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As soon as I figured out how modules work, I got sound from my ESS 1887.
The only problem I've come across is when I use a lot of my CPU power
Sound seems to echo forever.
Old 12-26-2003, 11:07 AM   #33
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Sis 7012. Works with no configuration for Redhat, I have to change the driver in mandrake though. I also have it working great with gentoo. All I did was complie it into the kernel and it works.
Old 12-26-2003, 11:18 AM   #34
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No problems, make sure your output plugins are configured properly!

I have no problems with sound on my Dell Inspiron 1100 (a problematic laptop for many) and I have crystal clear quality sound on all my apps and devices. Usually any problems you may have is in the settings for your output plugins or your quality settings. Try changing it to OSS plugin and adjusting the kbs rate. More than likely these are the cause of your problems. If sound works with somee apps and not with others. Oh yeah and switch to Fedora. It's more compatible with many things than Redhat. Also, Redhat is ceasing support for anything but the enterprise edition.

Old 12-26-2003, 11:39 AM   #35
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My sound has worked "out of the box" with every distro tried. I have a Sound Blaster Audigy. It works perfectly with XMMS, Xine, UT2k3...everything. No hiss, no skips...Sound is better than WinBloze ever produced. When I compiled a new Slackware kernel, I did have to install newer ALSA components to get it working again, but that took all of 5 minutes.
Old 12-27-2003, 08:40 AM   #36
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My IBM T20 notebook - before I reinstalled Debian from scratch, I had installed just about ever soundserver I could find, thinking that would get the most software working. Of course, it didn't. Some programs had sound, others didn't, and Quake 2 was intermittent.

Now, I have avoided everything except ALSA (with OSS emulation). It took me about half an hour to compile and set up the modules manually, but I have had no problem since. I don't have KDE installed due to bad dependencies (I tried an upgrade from a damaged DVD and most of the packages were inaccessible), but Sawfish works and every other piece of software I've tried has been able to connect to ALSA, or OSS. The only problem I've had so far is Gnome's own sound server - I can't find out what it is or if it has ALSA output modules ....

On my desktop, I have an Aztech PCI-388 (or something like that) and an onboard ALC655/VIA8237 "card". I've not tried getting the Aztech working - I'm not convinced there are drivers for it - but the onboard card: it will work with the 8235 module (apparantly), but it doesn't come with my basic ALSA package (Debain Woody) and I can't compile the source code. The ./configure script generates a Makefile.conf instead of a Makefile, and I don't know what program is used to compile from it.

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Old 12-27-2003, 09:49 AM   #37
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I just successfully recompiled my sound card drivers on the T20; I'll try the same thing on the desktop soon. I decided to try the install instructions for alsa-modules-source. They say that you only need to run "make install", not "make all & make install". That actually worked!
Old 12-27-2003, 11:21 AM   #38
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Success! The sweet sound of .... sound! Here's what I did for my desktop with a VIA8237/Realtek ALC655 soundcard:

I had already configured a sound card (the wrong one) with alsaconf. It created a file /etc/alsa/modutils/0.5 . I symlinked it to /etc/modutils/alsa-sound and ran update-modules. I removed my previous detar of the ALSA module source (which I got from a deb package) and redetarred it (decompressed it again). I then recompiled the ALSA source code ( ./configure --with-oss --with-sequencer --with-cards=via8233 --with-kernel=/usr/src/kernel-headers-2.4.18-686 & make install ) twice - because the first time, it compiled all the sound drivers. I had to change the appropriate line in /etc/modutils/alsa-sound to read "snd-via8233" instead of the other card and comment out the MPU and gameport options. Then the bloody thing worked (tested with init 1;init 3).

But I have not been able to get amixer to work on my notebook - it just won't run - so I had no experience with it. I don't know if I'm unmuting anything, but I got frustrated and typed "apt-get install setmixer". After briefly pausing to track the file down on my harddisk, it installed. I ran "play /usr/share/sounds/login.wav" and - after changing permissions to my ordinary user ( adduser shack audio ) and the /dev/dsp symlink ( chown root:audio /dev/dsp ) - sound!

I haven't yet tested the new sequencer on either machine. I will test them and post the results soon.

To make sure that the setmixer settings were saved, I ran /etc/init.d/setmixer stop & /etc/init.d/setmixer start .

Try getting a Winbloze NT/2K/XP user to do that!
Old 12-27-2003, 12:57 PM   #39
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I never had any problems with Slack or Mandrake. I run alsa on my SB live. everything works fine.
Old 12-28-2003, 09:53 PM   #40
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Re: No problems, make sure your output plugins are configured properly!

Originally posted by drewdell
Try changing it to OSS plugin and adjusting the kbs rate.
My sound works but with light, high frequency static, as though an amp is being overdriven. I figured out how to swtich to OSS in XMMS but how do I adjust the kbs rate?

Last edited by über-noob; 12-29-2003 at 06:46 AM.
Old 12-29-2003, 09:41 AM   #41
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Same here on Mandrake. The hardest was to replug the jacks in the right sockets after I'd taken the box out for repairs.
Old 12-29-2003, 10:58 AM   #42
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i had some problems when I changed to ALSA,
but now my SB live works fine with 2.6.0
Old 12-29-2003, 11:02 AM   #43
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My Sound works perfect since the first installation without any installing by myself. I'm using SuSE's Version 8.2 (updated by myself)

Cheers Maddie
Old 12-29-2003, 03:28 PM   #44
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I got Slack 9.1 with an external sound card Creative sound blaster. And my sound card works fine. I had a few problems with it when i first started but now everything runs fine.


Slackware is the best
Old 12-29-2003, 07:14 PM   #45
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To set up sound in RedHat 9 I had to run sndconfig

Setup could not automatically detect my sound-card.
Works though!


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