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Realtek High Definition Audio compatibility (please help!)

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Could someone please please help me try and get audio working on Ubuntu (or any linux distro for that matter)? I have tried and tried to no avail and I would be really grateful if someone could help me out.


I have an onboard soundcard - a Realtek ALC 880 and I have found some drivers for it here:




I have followed the instructions as best I could. First I installed the kernel sources for my system and then followed the instructions to the letter:




The source code copy from www.alsa-project.org. ver:R3.1


Linux Source Code for ALC audio codec






This Source Code is from www.alsa-project.org.


For driver installation, please follow below steps.




Step 1. unzip source code


tar xfvj azx-021705.tar.bz2




Step 2. Turn on sound support (soundcore module, default turn on)




Step 3. Complied source code


a. ./configure


b. make


c. make install


d. ./snddevices




Step 4. Edit your /etc/modules.conf or conf.modules depending on the distribution


(Please refer to the attached modules.conf)




Step 5. reboot your machine




Note: 1. The most detail information, can refer the alsa-kernel/Documenttation/ALSA-Configuration.txt in the azx-021705.tar.bz2.


2. Kernel Version must be 2.2.14 or later.


3. All mixer channels are muted by default. You must use a native


or OSS mixer program to unmute appropriate channels.


4. If can not compile the source code, try to rename the /usr/src/linux-2.x -> /usr/src/linux.


5. The driver added to support the SPDIF functoin.


6. Suggest use alsamixer to control mixer function. you can find it in the alsa-utils-0.9.4 (www.alsa-project.org).

7. a. You can download the alsa-lib-1.0.8 and alsa-utils-1.0.8 form the www.alsa-project.org, then unzip and install them.


b. Used "alsaconf" can autodetect which drive you need to install (step 4).




When I do ./configure I get this:


checking for directory with kernel source... /usr/src/linux

checking for kernel version... The file /usr/src/linux/include/linux/version.h does not exist.

Please, install the package with full kernel sources for your distribution

or use --with-kernel=dir option to specify another directory with kernel

sources (default is /usr/src/linux).


There is no /include/linux/version.h! What should I do?


Thank you,



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Originally posted by Koba:


There is no /include/linux/version.h!



Have you installed the kernel headers andsource code ?

make sure they are present in usually /usr/src/.


i have problems with this card too tho, even i can compile everything fine. i now use Simply Mepis 3.3

i had it working with Fedora core 4 FYI.



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