PCI Sound Card Help

PCI Sound Card Help

Post by Matthew P. Inge » Sat, 26 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I've got a Soundblaster PCI 128 installed on my PC.

sndconfig seems to pick up the right card, but when it tries to play a
sound, it always
says it's busy.  Has anyone else had any luck getting this to work.
Could it be that I
need to compile sound into the kernel?  How can I tell if it already has

In any case, any and all help would be appreciated (the stuff I found on
linux.org and
supplementary links did not help).

please send comments by email as well.

Matt Inger


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I actually got pretty far into this, but can't make a peep come out of the
speakers (I just had a horrible thought - speakers are plugged in and turned

Got ALSA Drivers, utilities, and library files, did standard configure, make,
make install for each.
In a console window under KDE, did the following:
1. insmod soundcore - got nothing back, so I assume that worked.
2. ran the snddevices script - it happily reported making a ton of devices.
3. Edited my etc/modules.conf to the following

alias net-pf-4 off
alias net-pf-5 off
alias char-major-116 snd
alias char-major-14 soundcore
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alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0

4. ran modprobe snd-card-es1938 - got nothing back, so I assume that worked as

5. I tried a couple of the tools available under the "multimedia" option of the
KDE menu - none of them can access the output dev. I tried the chmod, still no
joy. When I run /utils/alsasound start, it reports that the driver is already
running. I postulate that may be so, but would like to confirm my hypothesis by
actually hearing something from the speakers. Any help would be appreciated.


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