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Old 10-13-2004, 11:12 AM   #1
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default alsa device?

I guess thats how you would phrase my question.

I recently switched soundcards and now my mixer won't work. It defaults
back to my bt878 card. In the console, when I type:
It comes up to the mixer settings for the bt878 card.
When I type:
alsamixer -c1  (i think its '-c' - i'm at work now)
Then the mixer comes up for my soundblaster card.

My question is - how can I convince alsa that my soundblaster card is
device 1 and the bt878 card is device 2?

I guess I could remove both cards, remove alsa, install alsa, put in the
soundblaster, set that up, then install the bt878 - but anyone could
do it that way!
- actually I am taking this opportunity as a learning experience.

I have 1 other question about a different topic, but I'm gonna save
that till after this is resolved.

Thanks in advance - tw
Old 10-14-2004, 12:12 AM   #2
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try running alsaconf. it will let you choose which card you want to be the default.
Old 10-21-2004, 07:09 AM   #3
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Same problem I have - alsaconf however does not show the Tv-Card, but does show up in the mixer as Device 0. If I disable PCI-slots in the BIOS then the MOBO soundcard card is Device 0 and sound works perfectly. I noticed in the /etc/modules.conf that alsa shows prefered device to be the Intel MOBO soundcard, but lists it as device 0, when the mixer shows it to be device 1. What language do I use to change the soundcard info in modules.etc so I can point to device 1. Read you could change the first 0 to 1, but the device will still be device 0. Driving me craz!! Incidentally Knoppix handles it correctly, but does not use Alsa. If I could just have info on how to set up OSS that would also be a great help.
Old 10-21-2004, 11:20 AM   #4
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Came up with a workable solution for the Tv-Card problem that Alsa exhibits - remove Alsa! Specifically: remove Alsa-Utils/Alsa-Driver/Alsa-Lib/Alsa-OSS and modprobe your card (in my instance an Intel 845G which uses the i810_audio). This brings you down to OSS and I am more than pleased. Hope this helps.


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