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Old 08-21-2003, 09:32 AM   #1
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Angry Via Ac97 (a7v333)

Yesterday, i have installed slackware 8.1, the only thing that doesn't work is my onboard soundcard. I have download a drive package from, but not a specific slackware one. I try to read the readme.txt, but it's to difficult for me...Is this the only option to install my oboard soundcard?(AC97)...this is the readme.txt

** Driver Installation **
Please follow the instructions listed below to install the driver :

A) Login as a super user.

B) Change directory according to the Linux version, e.g..

# mcd a:/linux/redhat

for RedHat

C) Copy compressed file according to the Linux version to a certain
directory, e.g..

# mkdir ./viaudio
# mcopy a:74audio.rht72.gz ./viaudio

for RedHat 7.2

D) Uncompress the compressed file by using tar command, e.g.

# tar xzvf 74audio.rht72.gz

for RedHat 7.2 and

E) Change directory to the relative directory to do the installation.

# ./vinstall
# sh vinstall

For RedHat 7.2, this program will copy some files, e.g.


and backup the original files as the following :

/etc/modules.conf to /etc/modules.conf.old
/etc/modules.conf to /etc/old.modules.conf

After the installation, the VIA Audio Linux driver could be
loaded on the RedHat 7.2.

* Please turn on the USB Host Controller and USB 2 Host Controller in
the BIOS setting first. Otherwise, the Audio function will not detect
by LINUX 2.2.5 kernel. It is the LINUX 2.2.5 kernels' bug.
Old 08-21-2003, 01:46 PM   #2
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yeah, you're right. That seems weird for many reasons, are you even running kernel 2.2.5 or 2.4.7? I strongly doubt it, slack 8.1 comes with 2.4.18 if memory serves. You should try to use the ac97 driver that comes with slack, what does 'modprobe ac97_codec' give you if you type it in as root? Try that, and in the future you'd be best avoiding rh packages if you can
Old 08-21-2003, 01:49 PM   #3
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VIA motherboard? You may have to use drivers from the ALSA Project:


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