Solution for SoundBlaster and sndconfig problems

Solution for SoundBlaster and sndconfig problems

Post by Joost van Stuyvenbe » Mon, 30 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Hello everyone,

I had a few problems using sndconfig for my SB16 (non-PnP). RedHat
support showed me what to do, and I decided to put this on a page.

If you also encounter problems with Xconfigurator probing for your
video card (Diamond and others), you might take a look at:

Possibly these pages are useful for you.



For IC-R10 information:

Joost van Stuyvenberg
Utrecht, The Netherlands



1. Soundblaster 16 sndconfig Problem


I could not get my Ensoniq Wavetable Sound Card to work in RedHat Linux
5.1 (even though it worked fine in 4.2).  So I got a Soundblaster 16
card and installed that instead.  It's wokring better, but it's still
not quite right.  I can play CDs fine, but I can't seem to get any other
sounds (Doom, RealAudio, .wav files, etc.) to work.  For those other
sounds, I get a variety of error messages suggesting that the IRQ and/or
DMAs are not properly set.  I used RedHat's sndconfig to configure the
card.  In Windows (where everything works fine), the settings are:

        I/O Port - 220
        IRQ - 05
        DMA - 01
        DMA - 03

In the sndconfig tool, it's impossible to choose DMAs 01 and 03 at the
same time--for the 8-bit DMA, I can choose 0, 1, or 3, and for the
16-bit DMA, I can choose 5, 6, or 7.  I have tried it with the 8-bit DMA
as both 1 and 3 (with the 16-bit DMA as 5 in both cases), and I've had
the same problems in both cases.

Do I have to recompile the kernel?  And if so, exactly which options do
I choose?


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