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    How to install sound from scratch?

    Point me to a good doc I can read, please?

    How to check what sound sever is currently on my system?

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    supradeb:/home/compunuts# lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    parport_pc              7276   1  (autoclean)
    lp                      4580   0
    parport                 6676   1  [parport_pc lp]
    nbd                    12804   0  (unused)
    af_packet               6136   0  (unused)
    supradeb:/home/compunuts#
    So I don't think I have sound modules installed.
    I have CT 4810 Ensoniq ES1371 PCI card. I do not want to install KDE just to configure sound. This card works before on this same box when I had Debian testing with KDE on it. When I had to reinstall due to PS failure, I now have Debian Unstable with Gnome/sawfish only.

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    Re:How to install sound from scratch?

    you can recompile your kernel with support for the es1371 cards... i forgot the name of the module, even though my old box had one of those cards and i used to compile it all the time :/

    and you don't need to run a sound server to get sound. just load the module (or compile it into your kernel) and then you should be able to listen to music. sound servers like arts and esd just allow you to simultaniously (sp?) listen to multiple sound streams.

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    Re:How to install sound from scratch?

    If he's using the debian stock kernel he should just be able to modprobe the module.

    Do you recall what driver your sound card uses?

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    The OSS module is called es1371.o. Try modprobe es1371.o

    Or

    alsa


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    Re:How to install sound from scratch?

    See, the recompiling the kernel is what I'm trying to avoid unless it's updated kernel like 2.6.x. I have downloaded and going to recompile but I would like to make this kernel ( 2.2.20 ) for a fall back and wanted to listen to some music while I'm working.

    Now, here is what I get.
    Code:
    supradeb:/etc/sound# modprobe es1371.o
    modprobe: Can't locate module es1371.o
    supradeb:/etc/sound# whereis oss
    oss:
    supradeb:/etc/sound# whereis alsa
    alsa: /usr/share/alsa
    supradeb:/etc/sound#
    Now, that looks like I have ALSA installed. But I have no idea how to check to either it's OSS or ALSA is currently running. ps aux didn't tell me squat about which is running ( or not ).

    I went to /usr/share/alsa and found this.
    Code:
    supradeb:/usr/share/alsa# ls
    alsa.conf  cards  pcm  sndo-mixer.alisp
    supradeb:/usr/share/alsa# cd cards
    supradeb:/usr/share/alsa/cards# ls
    ATIIXP-SPDMA.conf  CMI8338-SWIEC.conf  FM801.conf    RME9652.conf       VX222.conf
    ATIIXP.conf        CMI8338.conf        GUS.conf      SI7018             VXPocket.conf
    AU8810.conf        CMI8738-MC6.conf    ICE1712.conf  SI7018.conf        VXPocket440.conf
    AU8820.conf        CS46xx.conf         ICE1724.conf  TRID4DWAVENX.conf  YMF744.conf
    AU8830.conf        EMU10K1.conf        ICH.conf      VIA686A.conf       aliases.alisp
    Audigy.conf        ENS1370.conf        NFORCE.conf   VIA8233.conf       aliases.conf
    Audigy2.conf       ENS1371.conf        RME9636.conf  VIA8233A.conf
    supradeb:/usr/share/alsa/cards#
    So that looks like ENS1371.conf is what I need. But how do I configure that?
    Man, when it comes to using Linux as desktop, I'm at loss except beautifying it. I need sound. After that, I need Printer ( since my HP LaserJet 5L refused to work correctly even though linuxprinting.org listed that as working perfectly using hpl4 module ) and then scanner. Then, I will be all set.

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    Re:How to install sound from scratch?

    According to the instruction from ALSA's page ( thanks Trickster ), I don't even have soundcore module installed ( with modinfo soundcore command ) so I will have to recompile the kernel to have sound support. Oh well, thanks guys and off I go to kernel recompiling.

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    Re:How to install sound from scratch?

    I don't think you have to recompile. You can download the alsa libs and do it that way...
    http://myweb.cableone.net/eviltwin69...CK_ARDOUR.html

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    Re:How to install sound from scratch?

    Even if I don't have soundcore ? :-\

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