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Old 09-22-2004, 08:49 PM   #1
xushi
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bah.. Sound sound sound.. help =/


Lo all,

I still can't figure out how to set this damn sound up here...

It was all working untill i recompiled the kernel (same settings). Then the sound disappeared. I couldn't even load any sound modules.

I reinstalled Alsa from slackware's package management (10.0, not current, with the same alsa version i had), restarted the computer, ran alsaconf, and it detected my sound, and managed to reinstall the intel8x0 drivers.

I rebooted again, ran alsamixer etc... Now when i go into gnome, xmms refuses to work with the Alsa plugin.. only the OSS for a few seconds, then freezes the computer. When you point your mouse over an mp3 file, you hear the music for a few seconds, and then the pc freezes again...

I tried installing nvidia's nforce 2 modules last night, but it led to my computer freezing at random time intervals (even at boot).

Basically, the sound will only work after a fresh install of slackware. If i try to recompile the kernel (even with the same kernel settings it has), boom. i start getting all these problems again.

I'm lost. i dont know what to do now. I just want to know what the problem is, and just get it back to how it was after a fresh install... I don't want to revert to the uncompiled kernel, and i shouldnt really coz eventually ill have to recompile it for whatever reasons (3d acceleration, tweaking, etc...)

Thanks

Edit: currently my lsmod is as follows
Code:
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
snd-pcm-oss            37736   0  (unused)
snd-mixer-oss          12504   1  [snd-pcm-oss]
printer                 7744   0
keybdev                 2052   0  (unused)
mousedev                4212   0  (unused)
hid                    21220   0  (unused)
usbkbd                  3448   0  (unused)
input                   3200   0  [keybdev mousedev hid usbkbd]
usb-ohci               19240   0  (unused)
ehci-hcd               17580   0  (unused)
usbcore                59308   1  [printer hid usbkbd usb-ohci ehci-hcd]
forcedeth               9164   0  (unused)
snd-intel8x0           18924   1
snd-ac97-codec         49500   0  [snd-intel8x0]
gameport                1404   0  [snd-intel8x0]
snd-pcm                56072   0  [snd-pcm-oss snd-intel8x0]
snd-timer              13604   0  [snd-pcm]
snd-page-alloc          6328   0  [snd-intel8x0 snd-pcm]
snd-mpu401-uart         3200   0  [snd-intel8x0]
snd-rawmidi            12740   0  [snd-mpu401-uart]
snd-seq-device          3888   0  [snd-rawmidi]
snd                    30852   0  [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-intel8x0 snd-ac97-codec snd-pcm snd-timer snd-mpu401-uart snd-rawmidi snd-seq-device]
soundcore               3396   4  [snd]
ohci1394               24112   0  (unused)
ieee1394               42212   0  [ohci1394]
3c59x                  25584   1
ide-scsi                9328   0
agpgart                43812   0  (unused)
apm                     9580   2

Last edited by xushi; 09-22-2004 at 08:51 PM.
 
Old 09-22-2004, 08:53 PM   #2
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First kernel compiles are always like that, so don't give up. Try compiling it with Sound Support enabled but without ALSA or OSS in the kernel (not built-in not module, just don't tick them).
Then after compiling and booting into it, download latest alsa-driver, alsa-lib, alsa-utils & alsa-tools packages and install them (i'd recommend getting the source from alsa-project.org).

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Old 09-22-2004, 09:04 PM   #3
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Not sure if this has any relations, but now everytime i start gnome, i get about 10 error messages saying

Gnome-settings-manager has crashed ....

I'll do what you said now, thanks. Although i'll have to look at where alsa is in the kernel settings. I know OSS is in Sounds.

Thanks, ill be back =)
 
Old 09-22-2004, 09:05 PM   #4
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Question, I have surround sound (4 speakers, 1 center, 1 sub), should i set the "Number of speakers" to 6 in the kernel settings?
 
Old 09-22-2004, 10:18 PM   #5
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FFS 3rd time pc froze while typing this reply...

I recompiled the kernel, disabling OSS (couldnt find alsa inthere), reinstalled alsa (1.0.5, same as what i had before), ran alsamixer and rebooted.

gnome gives me no errors while starting up now, however sound still wont work. In xmms, if i choose ALSA, it appears as if its playing a song, but 10 times faster, with no sound output.

If i choose OSS, it plays sound for a fwe seconds before freezing the computer.

the output of lsmod was more or less the same as the one above. I wish i could show you but it froze my pc everytime i tried opening the console... i removed alsa for the time being.

my current output for lsmod is as follows
Code:
root@xushi:~# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
soundcore               3396   0  (autoclean)
printer                 7744   0
keybdev                 2052   0  (unused)
mousedev                4212   0  (unused)
hid                    21220   0  (unused)
usbkbd                  3448   0  (unused)
input                   3200   0  [keybdev mousedev hid usbkbd]
usb-ohci               19240   0  (unused)
ehci-hcd               17580   0  (unused)
usbcore                59308   1  [printer hid usbkbd usb-ohci ehci-hcd]
forcedeth               9164   0  (unused)
ohci1394               24112   0  (unused)
ieee1394               42212   0  [ohci1394]
3c59x                  25584   1
ide-scsi                9328   0
agpgart                43812   0  (unused)
apm                     9580   2
And my mobo is an Asus A7N8X Delux with Nforce 2 btw.

I really need help =/ its driving me nuts for the 6th night now =/

Edit: woohoo! i can reply now! =) thats a start...
 
Old 09-22-2004, 10:22 PM   #6
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I'm wondering if i should just try out the Nforce2 unified driver once again.. But the last time i tried things were a disaster.

Edit: Ok, i've installed the Nforce 2 audio drivers, reinstalled alsa, but didnt not run alsaconf, and rebooted. Now sound works in all applications, (except when you point your mouse on an mp3, no sound there), But in xmms its set on OSS.

Surround sound finally works =) i didnt expect that, but the volume control bar in xmms doesn't work.. but i dont really mind.

Hmm, i wonder if there are better settings/tweaks than what i currently have, although im more or less fairely happy now.

Thanks gbonvehi,

Last edited by xushi; 09-22-2004 at 11:39 PM.
 
  


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