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Old 04-24-2005, 08:24 AM   #1
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The Ultimate (K)ubuntu ALSA Rants

OK. I migrated from Mandrake 9.2 with messages of heaven from a friend of mine in regard to Ubuntu. I'd have to say, I love Ubuntu. It's got a great clean and snappy interface and the package management is very good as well.

The ONLY thing that is wrong with Ubuntu is it REALLY HACKY sound support.

I had a Creative Sound Blaster AWE 64PnP ISA Sound Card installed and apart from the fact that alsa-utils WAS installed, alsaconf decided not to execute (as ANY user) and neither did sndconfig (as ANY user). So finding myself stumped (after previously spending 4.5 Days compiling KDE for Gentoo....argh! and then converting to Ubuntu...2x argh), I dumped Ubuntu and went onto Kubuntu! YAY! Sound Works......until the dreaded reboot.

Oh, so after the Kubuntu reboot, sound decides NOT TO WORK. And this is with a NEW Soundcard installed (Ensoniq AudioPCI 128 - ens1371 compatible). So feeling annoyed, I said, "OK, time to visit". And So here I am.

So heres the sit-rep:

Mandrake 9.2 = Sound Worked! (Creative Sound Blaster AWE 64 PnP ISA)
Ubuntu Hoary = Sound Worked at the VERY end, however, EXTERMELY choppy (Same Card)
Kubuntu Hoary = Sound Worked.....until the dreaded reboot (Ensoniq AudioPCI 128 - ens1371 compatible)

So, lspci says that my sound card is there. Restating Udev, Hotplug, Alsa does nothing. The error I get when I start up KDE is the infamous /dev/dsp cannot be accessed error (Permission denied).....changed to 777, and now i get No such file or device.

Any Ideas?

P.S. If you have ANY ideas on how to get EITHER sound card working (preferably the PCI one though, PLEASE POST! It'll help others....greatly!)


Old 04-24-2005, 09:29 AM   #2
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I've no experience of those sound cards but I have used Ubuntu lately. It's become my platform of choice when I start to build Linux From Scratch on a new computer. I must agree with your sentiments about getting sound to work. The only solution I found was to recompile the kernel with OSS disabled. With all the right ALSA stuff built into the kernel and no OSS to get in the way sound worked fine. I never got it to play DVD's (this is essential for any of our computers) but by then LFS was finished so Ubuntu got deleted.
Old 04-24-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

So are you saying that after recompiling the kernel (Removing ALL of OSS's traces) worked for you? I'm gonna give ANYTHING a try, so I'll try this. I can't really see how OSS would have anything to do with anything, because a:

#>ps aux |grep oss

Turns up nothing. Oh well, I'll try anyway.

Firstly, I recompiled the Kernel in Gentoo Linux (pretty much LFS) and it's pretty easy in Gentoo. How would I go about doing that in (K)ubuntu?

You say that in the End you didn't get DVDs to play? What application did you use? What was the actual problem? Was it the fact that it was a DVD or something else?

Anyone else who has ANY helpful feedback would be greatly appriciated!

P.S. I'm actually running Kubuntu at the moment, after Ubuntu decided not to have decent (or any, for a while) sound and I'm running it with the PCI Sound card. If anyone gives support, give it for this card and Kubuntu in particular! However, If you've got this card to work in Ubuntu, I'll change to Ubuntu (again!).


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