[TriLUG] Sound Blaster on Mandrake 9
Brian Ray Plummer
gte223j at mail.gatech.edu
Tue Sep 30 02:10:30 EDT 2003
Mandrake quit supporting isa soundcards out of the box several
releases ago.(I think) I found it to be quit annoying!! I went out and
bought a cheap pci soundcard just so i wouldn't have to deal with it. If
draksound, that Tanner mentioned, still does not help then there are some
alternatives. You could google for your sound card and see what module
it uses and then download alsa and compile it. If the module is already on
your system than there is no need to download alsa.
Once this is done you should find the appropriate module in the
alsa tree or wherever it was installed. Google again for your soundcard and
try to find the module parameters. like below.
insmod mymodule.o irq=10 iobase=xxx ...............
modprobe mymodule irq=10 iobase=xxx ...........
read the man pages on insmod and modprobe to give you some ideas.
you now have three choices
you can edit your /etc/modules.conf to add the
new module along with the parameters at boot time
type in the whole thing by hand whenever you boot your machine :-(
put the command in a file and make it executable (chmod u+x mysound)
and then type ./mysound after each boot
I choose no. 3 because i was too lazy to set up modules.conf :-0
pretty sad i know:=0
I hope this helps:-)
If you still have no luck than you can try some other distros like
slackware or suse or lycoris or college. Redhat is in the same boat as
mandrake in not supporting isa soundcards out of the box.
To install alsa, download the source tarball from freshmeat.net
and unpack it. either by typing (tar -xvzf alsa.tar.gz) or
(tar -xvjf alsa.tar.bz2)
cd into the alsa directory that you just unpacked and type in
./configure (wait a while, this configures the make files)
make (wait a while, this compiles the source)
su (become root)
make install (this installs what you just compiled)
Brian Ray Plummer
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia, 30332
Email: gte223j at prism.gatech.edu
On 29 Sep 2003, Raymond McGill wrote:
> Ok, here is the story. WhiteBox generic computer with fresh install of
> Mandrake 9. All works except sound card. Did find and there is no
> sndconfig anywhere to be found. I don't know of a way to manually
> enumerate an ISA bus. The missing sound card is an 8 bit Sound Blaster
> ISA card. Worked well for windows...
> 1. Suggestions on how to install this soundcard? (Yes, I am recent to
> linux. I need to ramp up, so I just went cold turkey to Mandrake.)
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