Soundcards Revisited

Alex Snow alex_snow at
Fri Jan 24 06:34:16 EST 2003

Hi.  It seems to work fine with oss but alsa still won't load.  I'm
passing the irq and i/o address on the command line but it doesn't load.
I get the same thing about no such device /lib/modules/2.4.18/misc/bla bla

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On Thu, 23 Jan 2003, Adam Myrow wrote:

> On Thu, 23 Jan 2003, Alex Snow wrote:
> > Hi.
> > That worked! It detected my sb16 during boot, and it's now listed in
> > /proc/interrupts and /proc/ioports.  So now should I try loading the alsa
> > module with the correct params?
> No, because the OSS drivers are already loaded.  Test the card after
> detection.  Slackware has a mixer program called rexima which is very easy
> to use.  Just type rexima and use the numeric keypad 8 (say current line)
> key to find out what values are set for volume, microphone, etc.  Adjust
> the volume and microphone to some reasonable value and try out the
> command-line play and record utilities.  You select what you want to
> adjust with the up/down arrow keys and the left/right arrow keys change
> values.  Pressing space on the microphone or line toggles whether you can
> record from it or not.  Press "q" when done adjusting mixer values.  Try
> "play somefile.wav" and "rec somefile.wav."  Substitute some other
> filenames.  If you can play and record sounds, the IRQ and address are
> right.  You'll have to comment out that line again in order to load the
> Alsa drivers.  I've never used a non-PNP card, so I'm not familiar with
> how to pass options to Alsa, but you'll need to get the Alsa drivers to
> use the same IRQ and base address that the OSS ones did.  Good luck and
> let us know how it goes.
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