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Old 09-03-2004, 04:57 PM   #1
orbital1
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how to install soundcard driver (*.tar.bz2)


Hi guys, first of all, im a novice, just started useing suse 9.1 pro yesterday...so far I love it .

One problem I have so far w/ installation is that my creative live 5.1 value (Dell) soundcard does not work (it's a modified card by dell). I did a search on the web and came across a driver for it the file name is 'alsa-driver-1.0.6a.tar.bz2'
So far I just know how do install RPM files with yasi (sp?). How would I go about installing this file? easy step by step instructions would be greatly appreciated.

thanks
 
Old 09-03-2004, 06:26 PM   #2
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normally you would untar the file with "tar -zvf filename.tar.gz" or something like that, which would extract the files. The tar.gz file is just like a .zip file for windows. Doublecheck the zvf switches as I may be wrong about them (they are what I remember off the top of my head) and usually there is a README or an INSTALL text document that you can open up and read instructions on what to do next. However, generally there is a configure file and you'd open up a terminal window (similar to a dos window in windows) and go to the directory and type "./configure" without the quotes and then when that was done, you'd type in "make" and then "make install". The last one you'd have to do as root. To run it as root, type in "su -l" and it'll ask for your root password and then you can go from there. That's just a general stereotypical install of something. However, you should read the instructions as there may be more or less stuff you need to do to get it installed properly. Now that I've rambled on for a bit, hope that helps you out! If you have a gui installed (KDE, Gnome) you can open up the file browser and right click on the .tar.gz and there'll be an "Extract here" option and that'll take place of the tar -zvf filename.tar.gz step. I speak from experience with KDE, so if that's not there with Gnome, I apologize. Hopefully that'll get you going! If not, come on back and we'll get you all squared up!

Travis
 
Old 09-03-2004, 11:09 PM   #3
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Thanks Travis, that was helpful. Yes, im using a GUI (KDE 3.2) and I have extracted the files in a folder. Can i just click on some file and it will install by it self or do I have to type commands in the terminal? How would I install it through a GUI?

thanks in advance
 
Old 09-04-2004, 12:23 AM   #4
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I'd check to see if there is a README or an Install file there. Personally, I use a terminal window for my installation. If you doubleclick on it, it may or may not work. Normally, if it calls for me to run a "configure" script, I'll open up a terminal window and type in "./configure" . When you want to run something, you'd put a ./ in front of it (period and a forward slash) If you let me know what the file name is and where you got it from, I'll gladly go through it and help you further.

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Old 09-04-2004, 12:47 AM   #5
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Thanks man, this is the link to the file...
ftp://ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/drive...1.0.6a.tar.bz2

one thing I do not understand about linux is..lets say in windows I want to excute an EXE in folder 'DL' I would CD\ to the DL folder and then just type the name of the EXE file.

In linux, how do i make my way to the folder where my file is located from the terminal window. Sorry im not fimiliar w/ the linux command line. Would you also know of some web resourse where I can find a list of helpful linux command lines?

thanks, you guys are great...
 
Old 09-04-2004, 11:54 AM   #6
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Tis ok, I used to be in your shoes. Linux works on the principle of one large directory tree. Instead of C drive and D drive, you have a directory tree that starts with /. Folders are under that. For example:

/
/etc
/etc/postfix
/mnt
/mnt/windowsdrive
/mnt/cdrom
/mnt/dvd

And so on. In linux, it's a / instead of a \ seperating folders. You can still use the cd command in Linux. but instead of cd\foldername, you'd do a cd/foldername. Your CD-DVD-Additional hard drives have to be mounted. Normally Windows takes care of this for you. KDE is a very good window manager and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as to how easy it can be once you get the hang of the basics. I opened up the INSTALL file in your file that you told me about and I'll post the quick install instructions at the bottom of this post. Here's a website that has a ton of commands that you can use http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/linux/cmd/ Probably the most useful one is "apropos" You can type "apropos whateveryou'relookingfor" without the quotes and it'll give you commands and such that relates to what you are looking for. It came in handy more then once for me. Just be patient and everything will come together for you. When you extract the files, you can usually look for an INSTALL file or a README file and just open up a terminal window and type in "kwrite INSTALL" without the quotes (or README whichever the case may be) Kwrite is just like notepad for Windows. There are other programs that do just as good a job (Kate, etc.) so choose one that fits best for you. Make sure you are running the install as root or you may have problems. Anyways, here's the quick install section of the INSTALL file for your driver: Enjoy!

Travis


Quick install
=============

1) You must have full configured source for the Linux kernel which you
want to use for the ALSA drivers. Note that ALSA drivers are part
of the kernel, so there is necessary to resolve all symbol dependencies
between the used kernel and ALSA driver code. Partly installed kernels
(for example from distributor makers) can be unuseable for this action.
2) You must turn on sound support (soundcore module).
3) Run './configure' script.
If you do not want ISA PnP support, use --with-isapnp=no switch.
If you want sequencer support, use --with-sequencer=yes switch.
If you do not want OSS/Free emulation, use --with-oss=no switch.
If you want turn on debug mode use --with-debug=full switch.
If you want debug soundcard detection try --with-debug=detect switch.
If you have kernel source code in another directory than /usr/src/linux,
use --with-kernel=<kernel_directory>.
Example: ./configure --with-debug=full
4) Run 'make'.
5) Run 'make install'.
6) Run the './snddevices' script to create new sound devices in /dev directory.
Skip this step, if you have a kernel with the DEVFS support.
7) Edit your /etc/modules.conf (see the kmod support section below).
8) Run 'modprobe snd-xxxx' where xxxx is the name of your card.
Note: All ALSA ISA drivers support ISA PnP natively, so you don't need
isapnptools any more. Don't use both together. It will
conflict. For disabling the ALSA ISA PnP support, specify
--with-isapnp=no configure switch.

You can also look at the utils/alsasound file. This script is designed for
the RedHat distribution, but it can be used with other distributions which
use System V style rc init scripts.

Note: All mixer channels are muted by default. You must use a native
or OSS mixer program to unmute appropriate channels (for example a
mixer from the alsa-utils package).

Note: This document notices the /etc/modules.conf file. Many current
distributions uses the old /etc/conf.modules file. Both names are
valid.
 
  


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