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#1 haggard

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:38 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 8300 with Soundmax Integrated Audio on the motherboard and was wondering what to do to be able to get it working in Fedora Core 1.

#2 Dapper Dan

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:47 PM

If it were me, I'd go out and buy a Soundblaster and be done with it! wink

#3 sehh

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 05:08 AM

The SoundMax is using an AD1980 or AD198x chipset.

You can easily get full support if you install the ALSA drivers.

The ALSA drivers are the next-gen sound drivers for Linux
and they are the default sound driver for 2.6 kernels.

I'm guessing you are using 2.4 with Fedora Core 1, so
your best choice is to go to

http//yarrow.freshrpms.net/rpm.html?id=656 (alsa-driver)
http//yarrow.freshrpms.net/rpm.html?id=669 (alsa-lib)
http//yarrow.freshrpms.net/rpm.html?id=672 (alsa-utils)

Download the RPMs provided and install them (rpm -ivh),
then run alsaconf (or alsaconfig, can't remember).

Mine works nicely like that.

#4 haggard

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 02:32 AM

Sorry, but I'm extremely new to linux...
I have downloaded the firt thing, the alsa driver, correctly I believe. Do I download the rest of them? And once they are all downloaded, what do I do to install them? You said to install them (rpm -ivh) then run alsaconfig, do I do this in text mode or is there a command line somewhere to use? Last question-I know that you can get into text mode by pressing alt+ctrl F1, is there a way to get back into graphical mode after that?

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 05:15 AM

1) Yes you need to download all of them.

Here are direct links to the RPM files

ALSA driver
http//ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/1/alsa-driver/alsa-driver-1.0.2-1.fr.i386.rpm

ALSA lib
http//ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/1/alsa-lib/alsa-lib-1.0.2-2.fr.i386.rpm

ALSA utils
http//ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/1/alsa-utils/alsa-utils-1.0.2-1.fr.i386.rpm

ALSA kernel module
Now this is not very simple, you have to go to this page
http//yarrow.freshrpms.net/rpm.html?id=656
See the long list of kernel-module-alsa files? You need
one of them. But you need to choose the correct one
for your CPU. So if you use an Intel Pentium3/4 you
need to get the file that has "i686" in it, if you use
an Athlon then you need to get the file that has "athlon"
in it. Once you know which CPU you have, you also
need to figure out which KERNEL version you have
installed. If you just installed fedora, and haven't
updated your installation with up2date then you
are using the default kernel which is version '2115'.

So, if you use an athlon, and a 2115 kernel you'd get the filekernel-module-alsa-1.0.2-1.fr_2.4.22_1.2115.nptl.athlon.rpm


2) Once you've downloaded these files you need to drop
into command-line. Or as we say in unix, drop to the shell.

3) Now chance into the 'root' user. The root user is the
administrator who has access to install/uninstall system
wide stuff or to make system changes. You can change
into root by running "su -" and typing the password as
asked.

4) Now as root, go to the directory you downloaded the
RPM files and run "rpm -ivh *.rpm". That should do it.

5) Next, you will need to run "alsaconf", but i may
be mistaken here. Check with alsa-project.org.

Have phun.

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Posted 24 February 2004 - 09:12 PM

Hi Haggard,
if you went in text mode with CTRL ALT F1 then you can resume the X session using ALT F7.
I'm having same audio problems with a new ASUS A7V600 (Soundmax chipset) and RedHat 9.

#7 sehh

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Posted 24 February 2004 - 09:35 PM

The instructions above are for Fedora Core 1.

btw, Fedora Core 2 test1 is using 2.6.x kernels, so
ALSA is used by default. Sound works here out-of-the-box.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 07:15 PM

Thanks a lot, Sehh !!

After a week downloading and installing different alsa stuff, unsuccessfully, you gave us the right set of files to use (posted here, Feb 13th).

Now my Asus P4S-X (AD1980 chip) is giving me the sound properly, under Fedora Linux.

I had already used the (pink) Mic jack to hear the sound, but it never seemed to be a real solution to me.

Thanks again !! smile

PS: I promiss I wonít EVER buy any other Asus piece of hardware. Itís support service is simply pathetic. ;(

-Cadiz-

#9 sehh

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 10:46 PM

No problem, glad to be of help.

Asus makes great hardware, i've used many boards
including a dual athlon from Asus. Hardware-wise they
are superb.

Yes their support is crap, but then again, everyone's
support is crap. I dont think you'll get anything better
from other board manufacturers.

#10 motorbelly

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:04 PM

I one of these newbies trying to find his way from M$ Win and I'm having the same trouble with my Mandrake setup. SoundMAX works in windoze but is not detected in Mandrake. If I follow the instructions you have so clearly provided above will my box blow up?

;(

#11 sehh

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 12:43 AM

I dont think my instructions will help you since i'm
talking about Fedore Core 1 Linux, and not mandrake.

#12 motorbelly

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 05:52 AM

I have a lot to learn.

Core differences...

I'll keep searchin'

Thanks for the response though!

...All I need to know I learned from reading taglines

#13 Dapper Dan

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 06:57 AM

motorbelly, there should be Mandrake versions of those rpms. They may be included with your Mdk cds. Go into the Mandrake Control Center to install packages, and type in alsa in the search window and see what happens..

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 02:44 PM

Hi guys...

I am a newbie to the linux world and been trying to install Red Hat 9.0 . I have difficulty getting the sound to work. I am running a AMD Athlon XP 2400+ and a Asus A7V8X-MX mainboard. I tried to do the whole process but unable to. I got this error msg for one of them:

warning: alsa-lib-1.0.2-2.fr.src.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID e42d547b
error: cannot create %sourcedir /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES

warning: alsa-utils-1.0.2-1.fr.src.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID e42d547b
error: cannot create %sourcedir /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES


Can anyone help me please ???

#15 Dapper Dan

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 04:17 PM

Try running a sound program as root. If you get sound that way then it is likely a permission problem.

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 05:16 PM

Yes i did run as root

#17 Dapper Dan

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 02:39 AM

It will run as root? Then it should be a matter of fixing permissions. I would first check /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES and see about the permissions. As root go:

nautilus --no-desktop [enter]

And find /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES. Check the permissions on SOURCES and see if it's root/root 755. If not, make is so, then try as regular user again.

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 02:49 AM

By the way, did you by chance try to install asla-libs & alsa- utils or is this the first time you've seen anything about alsa is with these two error messages?

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 01:18 AM

I read the above advice about fedora core 1 and soundmax audio.
I am installing core 1 also, but kernel update is now 2199, and
there are no kernel modules at freshrpms for alsa drivers with
that kernel update. So does that mean I have to take the sources and build it myself? Also, I noticed that the current driver is now 1.0.5, but the libs and utils are 1.0.4. Shouldn't these be the same versions?
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