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Re: problem with sound card from a newbie

Sandip P Deshmukh wrote:
Kent West wrote:

Andy wrote:

I have the same problem and followed your directions exactly.
I even upped my kernel from 2.2.20 to 2.4.18 and included the Intel
sound option into the kernel but having same problems.
On bootup I get the following message:
Sound Server Message: Error while starting driver: device /dev/dsp can't be opened. (no such device). I have done chmod 777 on /dev/dsp /dev/dsp1 2 and 3 added myself to audio group. Here is my lsmod and lspci:

debian:/home/andy# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82440MX I/O Controller (rev 01)
00:00.1 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82440MX AC'97 Audio Controller 00:02.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01) 00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 0c)

debian:/home/andy# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
eepro100               17680   1

Can someone help?  I really miss my music.  :-(

Run "modconf" and see if there's a module available for the 82440MX. You'll either need such a module loaded (lsmod shows only the ethernet nic module loaded), or you'll need support for that chipset compiled directly into the kernel (which would probably only be the case if you've compiled your own kernel and included that support, which you seem to indicate that you've done). If the kernel sources or modules don't work properly, you may need to use an "outside" driver, such as the alsa drivers. I had to do this for my onboard AC'97 chipset (via8233).


i did as you suggested. here is the output of my lspci and lsmod. i logged in as root and did lsmod > lsmod.txt and lspci > lspci.txt.

Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
nls_cp437               4384   2  (autoclean)
agpgart                29824   0  (autoclean)
msdos                   4668   0  (unused)
i810_audio             21248   0  (unused)
ac97_codec              9568   0  [i810_audio]
soundcore               3236   2  [i810_audio]
keybdev                 1664   0  (unused)
usbkbd                  2848   0  (unused)
input                   3072   0  [keybdev usbkbd]
usb-uhci               20708   0  (unused)
usbcore                48032   0  [usbkbd usb-uhci]

It looks like everything is in place, but if I remember correctly, the same could be said for my setup when it still didn't work, at which point I believe I installed the alsa drivers, which solved my problem.

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82810-DC100 GMCH [Graphics Memory Controller Hub] (rev 03) 00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82810-DC100 CGC [Chipset Graphics Controller] (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801AA PCI Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801AA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801AA IDE (rev 02)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801AA USB (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801AA AC'97 Audio (rev 02)
01:05.0 Ethernet controller: D-Link System Inc RTL8139 Ethernet (rev 10)

as suggested by one of the group, i also installed libmikmod. i could not install splayer - it requires some other .deb package and i am not too sure how to install packages that do not reside on my cd!

If you have broadband (or a decent dialup connection) you can modify /etc/apt/sources.list to point to an ftp or http site rather than to the local CDs. Then "apt-get update" followed by "apt-get install splay".

If you want, you can use XMMS from within X, but do it without KDE/Gnome (for the present time, for testing purposes); use something simple like ICEWM. Kill any session managers ("/etc/init.d/wdm stop" where "wdm" might also be "kdm" or "xdm" or "gdm". Then create (or if they exist already, rename and then create) .xsession and .xinitrc in your home directory with the single line "icewm", and then start X manually with "startx".

anyway, is there a clue about what is wrong from my lsmod and lspci?

http://lists.insecure.org/linux-kernel/2002/Aug/1046.html and the following posts in that thread.


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