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Old 02-25-2004, 06:14 PM   #1
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Talking Kernel 2.6.3 AND ALSA working!!!!

After days of researching why I could NOT get alsa to work with kernel 2.6.3 I FINALLY have the kernel AND alsa working!!!!! Now my slackbox flies!!!!

I forgot to add this in, in case anyone has trouble and wants to try something:
I downloaded the kernel source from, and extracted it to /usr/src.
Next, I removed the symlink linux and replaced it with another link to the 2.6.3 sources.
After that, it was a "make mrproper", then "make menuconfig".
(Pretty much followed the howto in this forum for 2.6.0 compilation from this point)
I compiled in the option for support for a sound card but REMOVED the options for the builtin ALSA. (By the way, don't forget to include the option for DMA support for your disks. It took me two hours to figure out why my computer was slower than with the 2.4.22 kernel).

Once the kernel was compiled and installed, I used removepkg to uninstall alsa-uitls, alsa-lib, and alsa-driver packages.

I rebooted with kernel 2.6.3, then proceeded to download the alsa stuff from and followed their instructions to the letter for my sound card, Ensoniq 1371.

Now with all that said, my new kernel runs like a dream and my slackbox is MUCH faster!!!

Last edited by heartsglory; 02-25-2004 at 06:44 PM.
Old 02-26-2004, 07:05 PM   #2
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Distribution: Slackware 9.1, Debian Woody (2.4.18-bf2.4)
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What I am confused about is which directory am I susposed to run "make mrproper" inside.

Download the sources to /usr/src

remove the symlink linux and creat a new one to the 2.6.3 sources

my question is now which director do I go to to make mrproper /usr/src/linux-2.4.22 or /usr/src/linux-2.6.3

I think I have an understanding of what to do from then.

Also I am confused about the lilo. If I name /boot/vmlinuz to /boot/vmlinux.old ... am I susposed to rename my /boot/vmlinuz to /boot/vmlinux.old

basically i have gotten very confused with kernel complies from all the how-to's, website, event he 2 stickes.

Can some one help me by jotting down the step by step for 2.4.22 to 2.6.3?


Old 02-26-2004, 07:36 PM   #3
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you don't have to make mrproper anymore. Here's how I get my kernel compiled:
#mount /boot
#cd /usr/src/linux
#make && make modules_install install
Let it take care of everything at one shot.
Old 02-26-2004, 11:21 PM   #4
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Hmmm... i'm curious why most people not use the builtin alsa. For me it's lot more easier that way. I still can get sound working on 2.6 kernel using the built in alsa, and it is so simple...

So... why most people choose to compile it from source...
Old 02-27-2004, 12:58 AM   #5
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Because sound wont work for chipsets like intel AC97. I upgraded to 2.6.3-106 and it broke my sound again. This time I have not been able to fix it. Even recompiling ALSA. Sound is a pain in the arse if you use Fedora, ALSA & intel.
Old 02-27-2004, 01:29 AM   #6
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Sound working again !

Downloaded the new version of ALSA v1.0.3rc2.

It is still only working through one speaker tho.


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