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Linux Journal: Getting the Sound Back

Feb 25, 2001, 14:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Shannon)

"I like to bop around with my MP3 player while I deal with the ones and zeros of the computer world. When I upgraded to the 2.4 kernel, I lost my sound for no apparent reason. I took this as a personal insult and made it my mission to conquer the computer. The audience for this article is mainly those who have had sound but lost it during a kernel upgrade. For first-timers, I recommend the sound HOWTO document found at http://www.linuxdocs.org."

"The first step is finding out what type of sound card you have. Hopefully you remember, but if not, try looking at the physical card; there is usually a manufacturer's name printed somewhere on it. Otherwise, you should have either a box or your computer specs, if the card was included. If you are lazy and want to continue sitting in your comfy chair and typing on the keyboard, then you can try running sndconfig, a RedHat utility for detecting and installing a sound card. If you do not have a sound card and are trying to configure for on-board sound, you're probably not going to have much luck. If this is your situation, do not run sndconfig because it may freeze your computer and not allow you to re-boot, (getting out of this mess is a whole other article, so don't do it). The explanation for on-board sound problems is related to sound blaster compatibility, discussed later in this article. If you have sound working on an old kernel, a last ditch effort would be to find which module was installed to enable the sound. You can locate this information in your etc/modules.conf file."

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