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Re: Soundblaster Audigy LS not working (detected OK?)

Dave Ewart wrote:
I have an onboard VIA sound chip which I am upgrading to a Soundblaster
Audigy LS PCI card - I have disabled the VIA onboard chip in BIOS and am
trying to get the Audigy card to work.  No luck...

The card uses the snd-ca0106 driver, which is compiled as a module in my
kernel.  I used 'alsaconf' to set it up:

It told me:

"Following card(s) are found on your system:
    ca0106 Creative Labs SB Audigy LS"

which seems promising.

The following screens seems to show success, but when it tries to load
the driver at the end, the following appears after "Loading driver", but
before "Setting volumes":

    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:01:08.0[A] -> Link [LNK3] -> GSI 5 (level, low) -> IRQ 5
    Model 100a Rev 00000000 Serial 100a1102
    AC'97 0 does not respond - RESET
    AC'97 0 access is not valid [0x0], removing mixer.
    CA0106: probe of 0000:01:08.0 failed with error -5

and sound won't work, even after a reboot.

Some ALSA info:

# cat /proc/asound/cards --- no soundcards --- # cat /proc/asound/devices 33: : timer # cat /proc/asound/version Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.9rc2 (Thu Mar 24 10:33:39 2005 UTC).

(Apparently relevant) modules loaded at this stage:

Module                  Size  Used by
snd_ca0106 30820 0 snd_ac97_codec 82488 1 snd_ca0106 snd_pcm_oss 54560 0 snd_mixer_oss 19904 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm                96008  3 snd_ca0106,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer              26372  1 snd_pcm
snd                    55588  7 snd_ca0106,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore              10400  1 snd
snd_page_alloc          9924  2 snd_ca0106,snd_pcm

Let's make sure: this is the card with the big chip on it that says "CREATIVE ca0106-dat" and at the outer edge: "Sound Blaster Live 24-bit", ok?

Then I tried to use it and the sound is sh*t if you pardon the expression: just hickups. That's funny because I bought the card because I was unsure of the onboard chip in my new mobo. Turns out *that* works perfectly and my sure bet: *forget it*.

I did *not* disable the onboard chip.
Just added CONFIG_SND_CA0106=M in the kernel compile.

The kernel version matters: support for this thing was added in 2.6.12?
You did not say what kernel version you have.

Then I used alsaconf to select the chip.

But playing through it is a mess. I'd like to see what yours sounds like.


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