Re: How do I get a /dev/sequencer?

From: Björn Persson (
Date: 02/25/04

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    Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 18:52:02 +0100

    Alexander Dalloz wrote:
    > Am So, den 22.02.2004 schrieb Björn Persson um 20:01:
    >>My sound device is integrated on the motherboard. Sounds can be played
    >>just fine but MIDI doesn't work. Playmidi tries to access the MIDI
    >>device through /dev/sequencer and gets the error "No such device". The
    >>sound driver seems to be cmpci, but apparently it doesn't handle
    >>/dev/sequencer. What module do I need to load?
    >>Kudzu (or something) has identified the device as "C-Media Electronics
    >>Inc|CM8738". I'm currently running Linux 2.4.22-1.2174.nptl.
    > Install ALSA from or I think the soundchip is
    > supported by the module named cmipci. See the ALSA project page for
    > details (like modules.conf entries).

    I installed alsa-driver, alsa-firmware, alsa-lib, alsa-oss, alsa-tools
    and alsa-utils from, and was really confused for a while
    before I found the driver modules at FreshRPMs. Now I have the same
    situation with ALSA as I had before with OSS. PCM sound plays just fine
    but there is still no /dev/sequencer.

    Is /dev/sequencer even the right device file to use with ALSA? If not,
    is there a MIDI player that works with ALSA?

    According to the SOUNDCARDS file there is support for "MIXER,PCM,MIDI"
    with CMI8738, and "MIDI" is explained as "external MIDI port". Does that
    mean the driver can control an external synth through the MIDI port, but
    not the built-in synth? Would I need one of the cards labeled with
    "SYNTH_MIDI" to play MIDI with the card?

    Björn Persson

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