Compaq Armada 1750, FC3
Soundcard is ESS-1688, with configuration options rev=11 at 0x220, irq=5, dma=1
I have no sound. I had sound once when I tried Ubuntu, but it was just stuck on an annoying loud drumbeat, so I muted it. The last time I tried, I could play an audio CD in the drive, so the speakers are fine. What I don't have is system sound of any kind.

I have found all kinds of help for this problem, but either I don't understand the instructions, or the command is not recognized, or the file/folder doesn't exist, or or or.....

Here's some things I've tried -

[root@localhost betsey]# /sbin/lsmod
Module Size Used by
snd 54053 0
soundcore 9889 1 snd
ppp_deflate 5697 0
zlib_deflate 20697 1 ppp_deflate
ppp_async 11585 1
crc_ccitt 2113 1 ppp_async
ppp_generic 35669 6 ppp_deflate,ppp_async
slhc 7105 1 ppp_generic
nfs 221765 1
lockd 63241 2 nfs
parport_pc 24705 1
lp 11565 0
parport 41737 2 parport_pc,lp
usblp 12993 0
autofs4 24005 0
i2c_dev 10433 0
i2c_core 22081 1 i2c_dev
sunrpc 160421 4 nfs,lockd
ds 16965 4
ipt_REJECT 6465 1
ipt_state 1857 1
ip_conntrack 40693 1 ipt_state
iptable_filter 2753 1
ip_tables 16193 3 ipt_REJECT,ipt_state,iptable_filter
md5 4033 1
ipv6 232577 10
sr_mod 17381 0
usb_storage 61321 4294967294
scsi_mod 118417 2 sr_mod,usb_storage
ehci_hcd 31557 0
ohci_hcd 22225 0
joydev 8705 0
yenta_socket 18753 1
pcmcia_core 59913 2 ds,yenta_socket
uhci_hcd 31449 0
floppy 58609 0
dm_snapshot 17029 0
dm_zero 2369 0
dm_mirror 23341 2
ext3 116809 2
jbd 74969 1 ext3
dm_mod 54741 6 dm_snapshot,dm_zero,dm_mirror


[root@localhost betsey]# alsamixer

alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device


And tried another suggestion:
[root@localhost betsey]# /sbin/modprobe sound
FATAL: Module sound not found.
[root@localhost betsey]# /sbin/modprobe snd
[root@localhost betsey]# /sbin/modprobe sb io=0x220 irq=5 dma=1 dma16=5
FATAL: Module sb not found.
[root@localhost betsey]# /sbin/modprobe opl3 io=0x388
FATAL: Module opl3 not found.


I've found several options of stuff to put in /etc/modules.conf, which I don't have.

Gnome soundcard detection (system-config-soundcard) either doesn't work at all or tells me "no soundcard detected" with "close" as the only option.

Panel volume control: Sorry, no mixer elements and/or devices found

Any ideas?