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Re: NEED HELP: ...installing SoundBlaster Live! DRIVER


r o b (<robiboy345@netscape.net>) wrote:

> I just installed 3.0 (woody), and my sound driver is not working.
> I have a SB Live! card.
> When I do an 'lspci'...the sound card shows up as EMU10k1.
> Does this mean the driver is there..just not configured properly?  Or
> does that tell me nothing at all?
> I have already done the following:
>    # adduser <username> audio
>    # chmod 666 /dev/dsp /dev/mixer /dev/sequencer

The chmod was not necessary. After adding yourself to the audio group,
all you have to do is to load the driver.

> I read the following in a previous relevant thread:
>   "After you found out which driver to use, add it
>    to /etc/modules with some text editor. Or add
>    alias sound-slot-0 yourdriverhere
>    to /etc/modutils/aliases and run update-modules."
> I think this is the path that I need to take...but if anyone could
> clarify with more specifics...that would be greatly appreciated.

You need to know what driver you have to load. For you, it is emu10k1.
So add

alias sound-slot-0 emu10k1

> If the EMU10k1 driver doesn't come pre-installed with Debian3.0, do i
> need to download it and install it?  (I found it at:
> "http://sourceforge.net/projects/emu10k1";).

It does come preinstalled with some (most) Kernel images. But I don't
know if it comes with the image you are using (which probably is
2.2.20idepci). If it is not there, try some other image:

apt-get install kernel-image-2.2.20
apt-get install kernel-image-2.4.18-1-386|586tsc|686|k6|k7

If you use Kernel 2.4.18, don't forget to tell your boot loader to use
it's initrd image. Otherwise you won't be able to boot with it. Your
current Kernel image will not be deinstalled.

> How can I find out if my current Debian install has this driver module
> installed?

Simply try to load it with modprobe:

modprobe emu10k1

best regards
        Andreas Janssen

Andreas Janssen
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