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Re: Sound problems

On Fri, Aug 17, 2001 at 11:43:00AM -0400, Brian Schramm wrote:
> I am running Potato that was moved from Progeny.  I am haveing a very
> bad sound problem.  At this time sound does not work at all.  Here is
> the details:
> Dell Opliplex gx 110 computer stock.
> Intel 810 sound card in it
> KDE desktop


I have a new GX200 with the i820 sound on the motherboard.  It kinda'
works . . . If/when sound becomes important to me, I expect to buy a new
sound card.  It will play wave files, but not midi.  You know how a
"winmodem" uses the main CPU to do a lot of the work that the modem's
chips normally do . . . well we have a "win soundcard", or software
sound card.

I also use the 2.2.19 kernel, and compile the basic OSS i8x0 support
into the kernel.  Using "gmix" to substantially boost the volume, I can
use "wavp" to play .wav files, or gtcd to listen to music, but you can't
record sounds because the card isn't supported that far.  If I play
"xgalaga" the machine locks up really hard, to the point where I have to
do a hard reboot.  "Saytime" comes out as gibberish. If you look in
/usr/src/linux/drivers/sound/i810_audio.c you will see the paragraph
entitled "Fix the sound on dell".  I tried changing that code as
recommended and recompiling the kernel, but it still doesn't work right.

I have looked through a bunch of the alsa documents, and tried that a
little, but the standard potato stuff doesn't work.  I downloaded the
0.5 source and wanted to try that, but I ran out of time and ambition.
I couldn't figure out how to merge those modules with my existing kernel
source tree (I build my kernels the old fashioned way, not the Debian pkg
way, and that may be part of my problem here).

Let me know if you get it working, otherwise I plan to spring $30 for a
PCI-128 that I know will work.


Thank you,
Joe Bouchard

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