Problems with SoundBlaster PCI128 and Alsa drivers

Problems with SoundBlaster PCI128 and Alsa drivers

Post by Salman Ahme » Sat, 01 May 1999 04:00:00

I have hesitated posting about this until I had tried a few times at least
but I am still having a lot of problems setting up my sound card under
RedHat Linux 5.2. In fact, I had an easier time setting up PPP!!

My setup :

RedHat Linux 5.2
Kernel 2.0.36

SoundBlaster PCI128

I started with the Alsa-sound mini-Howto, and downloaded the Alsa driver,
and lib packages from their website. I was able to compile and install the Alsa
source and some stuff was copied and installed to the /dev/ directory.

/dev/snd was created as a symlink to one of the /dev/dsp devices.

After that, following the Alsa-sound mini-HOWTO, I proceeded to compile
and install the alsa-lib package. When I ran the script "./configure", at the
very end of that script there was an error message saying that :

 error : alsa-driver package not installed

I tried to run the sndconfig program and it recognized my sound card as an
Audio PCI. Auto detection of my card failed because "/dev/dsp" did not
support some operation and then the program proceeded with manual
configuration of the sound card. Then again, the same error message
about /dev/dsp not supporting the operation or sth about it being busy
and in use (sorry I am posting this from Windows).

Can someone please tell me how to setup my SB PCI128 sound card ?

Exactly what files do I have to download ?

And exactly how do I proceed to install these ALSA drivers from scratch
(ie by removing the older stuff left over from my two failed attempts) ?

I'd like to be able to do this without having to recompile the kernel.

I'd appreciate any help on this.


Salman S. Ahmed
ssahmed AT interlog DOT com

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Problems with SoundBlaster PCI128 and Alsa drivers

Post by Mike Whitne » Mon, 17 May 1999 04:00:00

> RedHat Linux 5.2
> Kernel 2.0.36

> SoundBlaster PCI128

I have the same card, and had the same problem.  Use the Ensoniq  AudioPCI 1370
config instead ... it's the same card!

That may be only available under the kernel 2.2 series, however.



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I have a SuSE 9.1 Linux client running
on a 500 MHz P3 with KDE3.2 and more or less
all works fine, except the soundcard.
Either I use SB PCI128 or SB live1024 the same problem appears.
The soundcard will be recognized by YAST well, I initialize
the card and after the system saves the new configuration.
The soundcard works fine.
But after every reboot, the soundcard is quite, nothing to hear
and in YAST the loudness menue is not reachable.
I have to reinit and reconfig the card new. After this
reinit and reconfig the soundcard works again fine,
until next reboot of the computer.
It seems, that the System is not able to remember
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