> Thanks for your suggestions ... I tried them all but I still seem to have
> the same problem ... the drivers install fine, modules load fine, but I
> cannot hear anything ... very strange ... i'm wondering if maybe it's a
> problem with my PCI bus or something? I've done 'cat /proc/pci' and I
> Bus 0, device 8, function 0:
> Multimedia audio controller: Unknown vendor Unknown device (rev 254).
> Vendor id=12eb. Device id=2.
> Medium devsel. Fast back-to-back capable. IRQ 11. Master Capable. Latency=64. Min Gnt=4.Max Lat=12.
> Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xec000000 [0xec000000].
> I/O at 0xc800 [0xc801].
> I/O at 0xcc00 [0xcc01].
> Can anybody who has a an Aureal Vortex 2 tell me if this looks ok? Is
> there a way to tell the au8830.o module specifically what are the I/O
> addresses or IRQ of the sound card?
This looks ok. It says "UnKnown vendor UnKnown device" because it is
not matching a name to the Vendor id and Device id (unique to each
device, present on every PCI device as an identifier) with the built in
tables. This isn't bad. The IO addresses should be fine (if they
weren't, the PCI bridge would never have recognized them), and the
memory address is at a high enough location to exist happily in PCI
space. Since it is PCI, the IRQ is fine. Some possible issues could be
the kernel version. 2.2.14 or 2.2.15 (can't remember which) had
problems, so upgrading can't hurt. Also, make sure that you have full rw
permissions on /dev/dsp, /dev/audio, /dev/mixer, and /dev/sound (I don't
know which ones are used, so this might be an overly complete list, or
incomplete, anyone know?). Finally, you may want to make sure that the
sound pieces of your window manager exist.
Basically, it is possible that there is a card problem but not likely.
It is highly improbable for this to be a sympton of a bus problem, as
that would cause kernel issues well prior to trying to use your sound
card. My best advice is try a newer kernel if you can and the sound
drivers that are included with it. That will most likely solve the
problem. Good Luck
> >> Hi, I have an Aureal Vortex sound card (8830 chipset) and I've had no
> >> luck installing the version 1.1 drivers available at
> >> http://aureal.sourceforge.net ... the drivers compile and install fine
> >> under 2.2.15 kernel, but I can NEVER hear any sound, not by playing a
> >> CD, not by playing an mp3, nothing. I just installed a new 2.2.17
> >> kernel, hoping that might fix it, but now it won't even compile. Does
> >> anybody have any suggestions or tips?
> >> --
> >> "If we couldn't laugh at things that didn't make sense,
> >> we couldn't react to a lot of the world around us."
> >> --Calvin and Hobbes
> > This was a problem for me also. Here is the solution to the no
> > sound with the aureal drivers. IF you are using a modular kernel out of
> > the box then this will work for you if not then your going to need a
> > kernel recompile and to include some extra modules.
> > If using a modular kernel with all modules do this 1) ....
> > Place these in /etc/rc.d/rc.local
> > modprobe soundcore modprobe au8830 modprobe sound modprobe softoss2
> > IF modprobe complains append a .o to each module name and check
> > /lib/modules/yourKERNELversion/misc to see if they exist.
> > Note: they must be in this exact order. You must remove any reference in
> > /etc/conf.modules (/etc/modules.conf other distros than RH) of the
> > loading
> > of the au8830 driver.
> > If you are not running kernel with the above modules recompile the
> > kernel and modules install them and do the above.
> Daniel Lenski
> "If we couldn't laugh at things that didn't make sense,
> we couldn't react to a lot of the world around us."
> --Calvin and Hobbes
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