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Old 12-28-2004, 04:53 PM   #16
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I wouldn't advise switching distros, especially if you are new to Linux. Mandrake is by far the easiest distro in general.

Does anybody have any more ideas???
 
Old 01-08-2005, 09:19 PM   #17
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re nvsound

I've just seen this thread, maybe it's too late, but I had similar problems on my nf7-s2g motherboard recently, they may help, here they are:

]Abit nf7-s2g motherboard linux installation
Sound:
This was by nVidia -- needed the module nvsound compiled, this done from the downloaded file:
NFORCE-Linux-x86-1.0-0292-pkg1.run
from the nvidia website. This is an installation file that deals with a lan module as well as the audio---unfortunately the lan module does not apply to this motherboard.
Attempting to run the installation package failed with no real explanation. However, it did have a -x option to extract the files from it, which included:
file:YOUR INSTALLDIRECTORY/NFORCE-Linux-x86-1.0-0292-pkg1/nvsound/ReleaseNotes.html
which indicated that one could compile the audio module (nvsound) using the makefile in :
YOUR INSTALLDIRECTORY/NFORCE-Linux-x86-1.0-0292-pkg1/nvsound/main
doing this as root produced nvsound.ko, the needed module. After a lot of trial and error, I found that copying this to :
/lib/modules/2.6.3-4mdk/kernel/sound/oss, and doing insmod nvsound.ko got the sound going.
A mixer gui is also available, nvmixer, after chmod +x nvmixer, gives a nice controller, which I moved to /home/pete/bin

might help
Putting

ps I haven't got the "startup sound" to work yet, still get the message :
Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
device: default can't be opened for playback (No such file or directory)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.

on startup, but all other applications work well
 
Old 01-09-2005, 11:36 AM   #18
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely give that a try! I tried installing that package from Nvidia...it seemed to install fine, but my sound still doesn't work . If I type "nvmixer" at a commandline I do get the mixer inteface, but if I try to move the sliders it gives me an error. I will try extracting the file and moving it to that directory,
 
Old 01-09-2005, 11:54 AM   #19
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I extracted the files from that package, went into that directory and found three files "makefile" "Makefile.kbuild" and "Makefile.nvidia". I have tried "sh (filename)" on all of them and they all return a bunch of command not found errors. Should I be doing something else to run these?
 
Old 01-09-2005, 08:30 PM   #20
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If the install from nvidia went well, you probably do not need to go the Makefile route.
Do you have a module called nvsound? The nvidia install should have provided it.if so, you should be able to load it by doing depmod nvsound (as root, of course). For some reason I was unable to do this, but when I used insmod nvsound.ko, it worked for some reason. Note that is the exact filename, not just "nvsound". Do you have the file nvsound.ko in your modules library?

With the mixer, did you do the chmod + x thing, as per my notes? It wouldn't work for me without that, nor will it work unless the module is loaded.
 
Old 01-09-2005, 08:35 PM   #21
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Ahh sorry, I mean modprobe nvaudio
 
Old 01-09-2005, 08:36 PM   #22
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sorry again modprobe nvsound, and I'm not even hungover...
 
Old 01-10-2005, 07:29 AM   #23
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MY module was created correctly, and the insmod didn't give any errors, but the sound still doesn't work. Any other suggestions?
 
Old 01-11-2005, 02:24 AM   #24
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No, I'm out.
Does lsmod | grep sound give you:
nvsound 1529192 0
soundcore 9248 2 nvsound

or the like?
You've had it working in two other distros, it must work for you with Mandrake 10, which is my current distribution
Did you keep any notes maybe of the modules in the other distros?
How about the nvmixer. What happnes when you run it? Sometimes I''ve found the mixer starts with the volume controls muted.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:00 PM   #25
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The lsmod gives me:
nvsound 1530600 0
soundcore 7008 2 nvsound,bttv

When I run nvmixer, I get a bunch of messages on standard out that say "Nvsound: Unable to open the Mixer", but the gui comes up anyway. When I try to move any sliders a get a popup saying "Volume Set Failed."

In the other distros, the sound worked perfectly after installation without any of this. I know that one of them used the snd-intel drive, not sure about the other. But that driver isn't working for me in Mandrake either.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 07:30 PM   #26
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here's a possibility.
The sizes of our modules are slightly different. I remember now that in the module instructions somewhere it says it only provides the modules to suit certain kernel versions.
In fact, look at the file "ReleaseNotes.html" in particular the line beginnig "The installer contains pre-built drivers for major Linux distributions."
My kernel is 2.6.3-4mdk, there was no prebuilt module for me which is probably why I ended up building it myself.
You can see the prebuilt modules in the installation directory nvsound/main/precompiled/ I think, see if your kernel is there for mandrake.
If not you could try making the module yourself. I'm pretty sure I just went into the main directory which has the makefile, and typed 'make'. Follow my previously posted notes after that.
 
  


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