Ugh...Sound issues (way OT)

Buddy Brannan buddy at
Fri Jun 11 00:59:30 EDT 2004

Hi y'all,


I'm having issues.

Last week, the secondary IDE controller on my MB decided to die, so I
replaced the board and got an upgrade to an Athlon  XP2400. That's the
good news. The bad news is that now I have sound issues. Same
soundcard (SBLive--even tried two different ones), but audio is
distorted and metallic and just, umm, bad. Here are the particulars: 

ECS K7S5A Pro motherboard (SiS735 chipset)
AMD Athlon XP2400
nVidia video card (not very relevant) 

The MB has built-in sound, which I'll be getting to in a minute. As I
mentioned, the soundcard in question right now is a SBLive. Here's
what I've done so far, all of which was pretty useless: 

1. New kernel, rebuilt modules, reinstalled them and a new kernel.

2. Tried the SBLive in two or three different slots.

3. Disabled the onboard sound chip and the reserved PCI video IRQ. 

4. Smacked my head against the wall.

Then I tried to get the onboard sound working and ignore the
SBLive. That was even worse. Apparently, the SIS1712 sound chip is
supported by the Intel 810/820/etc. driver in ALSA, so I built one of
those, re-enabled the sound chip, and loaded the module. I got broken
sound in between an awful high-pitched I-dunno-what. This was worse
than the SBLive, so I stuck the SBLive back in, but that's still
pretty awful.

I gotta think there's something not right with hardware, but I'll be
damned if I know what. Anyone got a clue? 
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV
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