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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2003 1:10 am    Post subject: Red Hat 9 Linux Sound Card Support Reply with quote

First of all, the following sound cards are documented as supported "out of the box" in RH Linux 9: C-Media CM8338; Creative Labs - Soundblaster 128 PCI, Soundblaster Live, Soundblaster Live! Audigy; Crystal - CS428X/CS46XX; ESS - Maestro; Maestro 2; Maestro 3; Solo; Ensoniq - Audio PCI ES1370, ES1371; Intel - ICH, ICH2, ICH3, ICH4; Yamaha - YMF724, 74x, 754; VIA - VIA82c686, VIA8233, VIA8235. If none of these match your sound card manufacturer and model, then try this:

[quote]If your sound card isn't recognized and driver loaded automatically by RH Linux 9, you should run [b]sndconfig[/b] . To see if you have this package, open a terminal window (doesn't have to be as root user) and type: [b]whereis sndconfig[/b] . If you have the package, the system should return [b]/sbin/sndconfig[/b] . As you can see, sndconfig lives in the /sbin directory. Assuming you have it loaded, open a terminal window as root user this time and type: [b]cd /sbin ./sndconfig[/b] to run the program. From there, you can experiment with various dip switch settings until you find the one that works with your sound card. If you don't have the program loaded, it is available as an rpm package (naturally) on one of the disks. You have to select--I don't have linux open in front of me so I'm not 100% certain of the following--Add/Remove Programs from the System Tools (I think) menu. Once your RPMs are scanned, go to the area involving sound or multimedia or something like that, click on the details link and look at additional software for that subsystem. You should locate sndconfig there. Check the checkbox for sndconfig and then click on the Update button. The system will prompt you for the appropriate CD to insert. The system's RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) will take care of loading and configuring the package on your system. It also does a package dependency check to see if there are any other packages upon which the one you are attempting to load is dependent. Sndconfig isn't dependent on any other package, so you're home free. Hope this helps. Laughing [/quote]
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2003 12:48 am    Post subject: Sound Card Problem Reply with quote

If your system did not automatically detect your sound card, loading and running /sndconfig won't select it either. You should try selecting a "generic" sound card driver from the list provided by /sndconfig and then tinker around with the dip switches so see it your sound card will work with that driver.

If nothing seems to work for you, you should go on the OEM's website and see if there is one that has been written for linux. If you don't see a linux driver for your soundcard on their website, don't give up. Send an email with a description of your problem. Chances are they may send you a response with a technical solution that they didn't advertise on their website.

Let me know if you were successful.
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