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Re: soundcard driver

On Sun, 2004-02-29 at 14:24 -0600, john wrote:

> I'm using Debian 2.2 and kernel 2.2.19 that came with it. 

That's a pretty old version, you might want to consider upgrading to 3.0
(released in July 2002)

> I've installed
>   xmcd and it works just fine but I get no sound. I installed alsa-base
> and added 'alias sound-slot-0 via82cxxx_audio' to /etc/modutils/aliases
> but I still get no sound. All I want to do is play a CD. What else do I
> need to do?

The first thing to note is that CD audio is not typically done through
the sound system, there is typically a cable inside the PC that connects
from the CD player to the sound card. IIRC The only thing that the sound
card does WRT CD audio is manage the volume. 

alsa-base only contains some libraries used to communicate with, and
scripts to configure the alsa drivers. If you want to use alsa, you will
need to get the alsa modules installed (probably by compiling them
yourself, along with a new kernel). The easiest thing to do is probably
going to be to use the default oss drivers. 

I'm not sure which oss driver is the right one to use. If you'll post
the output of lspci, someone can probably tell you (or you can search
for yourself ;).


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