more than one sound card, and debian installer?

Gregory Nowak greg at
Tue Apr 24 18:15:38 EDT 2012

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On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:40:10AM -0400, Karen Lewellen wrote:
> Well since in this case I must have speech sound to do the install
> fresh stale, or moldy biology project, clearly I  may have a
> situation. Neither card is speaking.
> To avoid the possible volume issue, I am using speakers and
> headphones that have their own volume controls on them.  no speech
> when following Samuel's steps for loading
> speech.  There are some threads on sound and wheezy on the blinux
> list, but I have not read those yet this morning.

External speakers with volume control won't help you if the volume
controls on the card itself are muted. They need to be unmuted by software.

> According to the debian install manual, the installer has the
> ability to locate and identify your hardware, regardless one would
> think of the presence of another operating system, drivers and the
> like.

Ok, I see what you mean. Yes, this is correct. Debian doesn't need
another operating system to be present to identify your hardware.

> In the case of my sound cards for example, even before  well doing
> much of anything aside from turning the machine on, you can hear the
> soundblaster awe 32 card turn on for lack of a better word.  the
> sound of the card's being active can  be  detected, same when the
> machine is t urned off.  The pro live one is a pci card likely
> requiring more playing, it does not produce such a system sound, so
> I have focused more on the awe,  while keeping speakers in both.

The sounds a card makes when the system is powered on/off makes no
difference. Your focus should be on the pci card, since it is much
more likely to be detected and used by the system. Your isa card will
require some configuration to be detected, unless it is a isapnp card,
which I believe later versions of the awe32 card are.


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