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Old 03-07-2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Sound card or driver problems in SuSE 8.2

Hey Guys,

I had Windows XP and SuSE 8.2 Pro running on my computer till a few months ago.

I had to delete SuSE for space, when I bought DVD writer I could afford to put SuSE back on.

Problem is theres no sound, whereas last time it worked just fine.
I have an on board sound card (the usual AC 97 jobby).
I can't remember if its a Yamaha or an Intel.

Anyway, I've done all the normal stuff like check the leads are in and the volumes are topped out, lolol. Still nothing.

I tried changing the driver from ALSA to Open sound or something?
(In windows now and I cant remember the other options)

I also tried the Threaded Open sound (I think thats right), still no sound.

Any ideas?

Thanks Guys,
Old 03-08-2004, 08:26 AM   #2
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Anyone have any ideas what could be up?
Old 03-08-2004, 11:28 PM   #3
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sounds like the SuSE install did not detect your sound card this time around. Probably YAST has a menu for setup of new hardware. Also, look at /proc/pci to see the make & modelof the card, then you can look that up in the ALSA compatibility list. check

Finally, check out what's really going on by perusing your modules.conf file, this will tell you what your system thinks the proper drivers for the soundcard are. You might as well read the manpage for modules.conf if you have not done so already because it is very central to operating a linux box. At the command line type 'man modules.conf'


here's the ALSA portion of my modules.conf file so you see what I'm talking about, I'm using a trident sound card, and used to have an echo mia card installed:

alias char-major-116 snd
alias char-major-14 soundcore

#ALSA details
#LAW auto-entry
#alias snd-card-0 snd-echoaudio
alias snd-card-0 snd-trident

#OSS/Free details
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss
Old 03-08-2004, 11:43 PM   #4
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Coupla other things,...

1) you might want to deactivate ArtsSoundServer,... It's not perfect and can screw things up...

2) don't forget the mixer. Bring up the volume control. It might be set to mute.


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