LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-20-2003, 03:30 PM   #1
laurentbon
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Slack 9.1 + Dropline Gnome
Posts: 160

Rep: Reputation: 30
Sound mayhem


I am now quite desperate...

I used to run slack 9 on my toshiba Satelitte 5000-104 which I installed 5 months ago.
I decided last week to get rid of my win partition to go 100% slack and in the process to upgrade to 9.1. So, formated the drive, etc and manage to install most of it apart from the sound! I have been compiling kernel and play with alsa drivers for 3 days and I don't know what to do anymore. Please help!

How i arrive there:

1. Install from cd everything including kernel source apart from kde and gnome (later with dropline)
2. Reboot in my new system.
3. patch the kernel with the latest acpi patch for 2.4.22.
4. Recompile kernel setting processor type to P III and tick all the ACPI support option. Nothing else touched, no sound option or anything!
5. make dep && make clean && make bzImage && make && make install && make modules && make modules_install (following forum howto...)
6. reboot my new system
7. install alsa-driver-0.9.7c: ./configure && make && make install
8. run alsaconf which detects and configure my card marked as "intel8x0"
9. install nvidia driver and my saved customised XFree86config file.
10. startx (blackbox)
11. try to play a sound

My problem: sounds is coming out but very sporadic and cut out (inintelligible). CPU usage rockets up to max and the computer becomes dead slow!!

I have done the whole stuff a few times now and really don't know what to do next. Slack 9.0 didn't pose me this problem and I am thinking downgrading to it if I don't find a way to sort it out...

Can someone help please? What can I do to sort that ou? Help very much appreciated!!!
Thanks
 
Old 10-20-2003, 03:58 PM   #2
RolledOat
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: San Antonio
Distribution: Suse 9.0 Professional
Posts: 843

Rep: Reputation: 30
I gave up on Alsa. It, imho, is pretty crappy. Sure, it allowed multiconnects, but I found it
cutting out, flaky response, and system beeps would suspend xmms for about 30 seconds (even at nice --20). I just don't start it anymore, selected OSS as the xmms sound driver, and all apps EXCEPT wav playback in k3b (which only works with alsa) are fine. (xmms, Replay, Rezound, Audacity, CDs, noatun, etc).

RO
 
Old 10-20-2003, 04:31 PM   #3
laurentbon
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Slack 9.1 + Dropline Gnome
Posts: 160

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Unfortunaly, I need alsa RolledOat. My tosh won't work without it..
 
Old 10-20-2003, 07:11 PM   #4
RolledOat
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: San Antonio
Distribution: Suse 9.0 Professional
Posts: 843

Rep: Reputation: 30
Hmmm, well, In Redhat, it helped a lot when I did try to run it to set the audio buffer size (response time) to highest. (Fast Response, fewer dropouts and high CPU usage). It was with a GUI that I changed this, but there must be an alsa config file. No idea where it is in Slack though.

RO
 
Old 10-21-2003, 02:58 AM   #5
laurentbon
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Slack 9.1 + Dropline Gnome
Posts: 160

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by RolledOat
Hmmm, well, In Redhat, it helped a lot when I did try to run it to set the audio buffer size (response time) to highest. (Fast Response, fewer dropouts and high CPU usage). It was with a GUI that I changed this, but there must be an alsa config file. No idea where it is in Slack though.
Thanks RolledOat!
Can someone advices on how to do that on slack please? Guys, I really need to sort that one out! Any help most welcome!
L

Last edited by laurentbon; 10-21-2003 at 09:29 AM.
 
Old 10-21-2003, 09:29 AM   #6
laurentbon
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Slack 9.1 + Dropline Gnome
Posts: 160

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Pushing it back up. I really need help on that one... Any sound professionals?
 
Old 10-21-2003, 01:31 PM   #7
MsMittens
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Canada
Distribution: depends on the mood -- these days.. Slack!
Posts: 44

Rep: Reputation: 15
Perhaps asking the sound experts at alsa or the mailing list?

http://www.alsa-project.org/mailing-lists.php3
 
Old 10-22-2003, 07:27 AM   #8
laurentbon
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Slack 9.1 + Dropline Gnome
Posts: 160

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Thanks MsMittens. I have just done it. Who knows, may be I will have an answer...
 
Old 10-22-2003, 08:40 AM   #9
linuxJaver
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Jakartax, ID
Distribution: slack9.1+,9.1,rh9
Posts: 203

Rep: Reputation: 30
I got a lot of such entries on my /var/log/syslog
Oct 22 18:19:42 ns1 modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-slot-1
Oct 22 18:19:42 ns1 modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-1-0
Oct 22 18:19:43 ns1 modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-slot-1
Oct 22 18:19:43 ns1 modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-1-0

Any one knows wut those are. It looked like 9.1 sound has issue considering so many post with sound problem, I actually don't need that sound but I have 163 lines of those annoyed me for checking the syslog .. My SC is something with cmpci..

Answer for the full slack install performance decrease :
Full install install also all th daemons which also might started them on booting ..
So check in /etc/rc.d/rc.<script> , change the permission something like chmod 644 of rc.script-that u don't really want them to run ar boot time..
rc.{samba,bind,httpd,sendmail,ssh,..}. If they have 755 permission they ll be started at booting ..
Try also comment out pftp.. /etc/inetd .. if u dun really want to see some stranger IPs on ur /var/log/{secure,proftpd} connected/opened session on yer host ..

It is possible to modify /etc/initab to start less tty than 6 for saving some resource ..
 
Old 10-22-2003, 08:58 AM   #10
laurentbon
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Slack 9.1 + Dropline Gnome
Posts: 160

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Thanks for the tip linuxJaver about disabling services at start up to use less memory. I don't think this is the source of my problem as when no sound are played, my laptop idles happily at 99.5 % cpu free...

I am not sure about your issue but it looks like you have missing modules. Did you try to manually prob them to see what error is returned?

And yes, there is a sound issue in slack 9.1, obvious considering the amount of sound related posts we saw since the release.
I just wish a slackware top-notch user/developper/contributor could shed some light on those issues...

L
 
Old 10-22-2003, 02:58 PM   #11
MsMittens
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Canada
Distribution: depends on the mood -- these days.. Slack!
Posts: 44

Rep: Reputation: 15
Actually, I'm like linuxJaver and I still get those even after fixing my sound issues. I have to agree with you, laurentbon, in that the main issue is sound right now, IMHO for slack 9.1. It's unfortunate. Just when I think I've found a solution, I see that it's a temporary workaround.

*sigh*

Ah well. If I see anything or hear anything... I will forward it to you.. thus far it's been pretty bleak on some stuff..
 
Old 10-22-2003, 04:30 PM   #12
laurentbon
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Slack 9.1 + Dropline Gnome
Posts: 160

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
For info, I was adviced on the laptop forum to try the following:

try adding this to /etc/modules.conf or it's equivalent in Slack...
options sound dmabuf=1

Apart from the fact that I haven't got much idea about what it means, it doesn't work and doesn't change anything sound wise.

Not far from downgrading to slack 9.0 at this point... A shame...
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPAQ Synchronizing mayhem Vorik Linux - Laptop and Netbook 9 09-17-2006 04:55 PM
total font loss mayhem in kde3.4.2 27B-6 Slackware 2 09-15-2005 07:50 PM
make config mayhem Larry O Mandriva 3 01-18-2005 10:45 PM
Mouse mayhem richardharwood Linux - Hardware 9 05-11-2003 12:20 PM
monitor mayhem cshaigh Linux - Software 3 08-27-2001 03:19 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:46 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration