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Old 12-25-2004, 09:27 PM   #1
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Problems with sound card and DVD/CDROM drive

I'm having unfortunate, and perplexing, trouble with my sound card and my DVD/CD-ROM drive. All of my attempts to fix this problem so far have been than helpful, and in fact my CD drive appears possibly in worse condition than it was before so I rather thought it time to ask for help. ;3 I'm using Debian Unstable.

First, the sound card: I have an Aureal AU8820 and a Creative Sound Blaster 16. To be more specific, I have a Diamond Monster Sound MX200 and a Creative Modem Blaster, which are rebadged versions of the above. (The modem blaster also contains a modem, but it's bad and I hate it so the fact that I have nothing to do with it is quite all right.) Unfortunately, ALSA does not seem to like these cards. It can't seem to make head or tail of the AU8820; and Alsaconf can't detect the Sound Blaster 16. I've tried rather everything on the ALSA site and so forth, with nothing that could be called actual luck.

As well, my CD-ROM drive is no longer working. It appears to have stopped working sometime around my kernel upgrade, from 2.4.21 to 2.6.8. It's hdc, and detected as such. (dmesg | grep hdc brings up the correct information.) I've removed hdc=scsi from my lilo bootargs, which didn't do terribly much. On the basis of suggestions in another thread, I've installed udev. This appears to have mucked things up rather worse, however, because now hdc, instead of not doing anything useful, is simply absent altogether. /dev/cdrom, /dev/dvd, /dev/sr0 and /dev/scd0 are all equally missing. As you can imagine, this is rather distressing.

So would anyone be able to help me? I'd really quite appreciate any help or advice anyone could give.
Old 12-29-2004, 09:26 PM   #2
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I may be alble to help with part of your problem. I gather there is a bug #280112 that affects the ability of a SCSI system to access an IDE CDROM drive. I was able to do a work-around by loading the ide_generic module. When you boot with that module loaded, you should see the name of your drive rported in dmesg.

There was supposed to be a fix for this bug in kernelk 2.6.8-8.

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