Re: Drake 9.2 and Multiple Soundcards -- No Sound and No Mixer
From: Mr. Mike (mikey_at_email.com)
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 06:40:50 GMT
On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 09:45:00 +0200, Veli-Pekka Tštilš wrote:
> I'm a newbie to Linux but have been using DOS and Windows for years. I'm
> also visually impaired and just wanting to try out the new screen reader
> Gnopernicus in Gnome as well as installing a console screen reader like Yasr
> later on.
Welcome to Linux, Vili-Pekka!
Why you would want to run the French Linux is something we can
discuss later, for now we'll get your sblive! working...
1. First you'll want to check your kernel configuration - in your
Control Panel there'll be some utility, under System Administration
or such - check to see that you've enabled "Loadable Module Support".
That's more or less a default, so you should be all right there. But see how
Mandrake has configured sound - all you really need is "Sound Card Support"
enabled as a module - the rest you can play with later.
2. Visit the ALSA site and get the latest tarballs for alsa-drivers, alsa-libs, alsa-oss
and alsa-utils. I su to root (that Superuser thing) and make a folder (mkdir) in
/usr/bin (like, /usr/bin/alsa) and move them all over (you can drag and drop
if it makes you feel at home).
3. Now we get slick - for a "command line OS, we doesn't have to type much!
tar jxvf alsa-d[TAB][Enter]
(you gotta to love that auto completion thing) and your drivers are "unzipped". Now
./configure --with-cards=emu10k1,virmidi --with-isapnp=no --with-sequencer=yes[Enter]
Then it gets easier, you repeat most of your commands with the up-arrow.
Hit up-arrow until you're back to cd /usr/src/alsa and hit enter. Then up-arrow to
tar jxvf alsa-driverxxxxx and backspace to the dash, then hit the letter "L"
lower case l, for alsa-libsxxx, we're autocompleting here) then TAB and Enter,
and what those files decompress!
The up-arrow to cd alsa-driversxxx then edit and autocomplete it as alsa-libs,
then just ./configure;make;make install.
Repeat this for alsa-oss and alsa-utils, and you've built your modules.
modprobe snd-mixer-oss and maybe snd-virmidi too!
You have sound now, but you can't hear anything because all volumes are
muted by default (there's something particularly inscruitable about ALSA!)
So type alsamixer[Enter] and marvel at the display!
Navigate with the arrow keys, and where a slider says [OFF] you can toggle
it with the "m" key -
maybe fire up a CD so you can monitor your progress.
4. There's more, but we're getting less generic here -
The link for your card(s) on the ALSA site's matrix will get you a helpfull,
albeit largely inscruitable how-to on setting up you modules.conf file -
You may want some very patient sited help here! But getting this file (and
your .asoundrc file) right will allow you to maintain your newly happy state
5. Then enjoy! There's a free program called mpg321, that you run from the command
line, and it has a random option "-Z". For example, I've got a folder (called Wes)
with seven or eight CD's worth of Wes Mongomery in it. As I'm working, I'll open
a terminal, cd Wes then mpg321 -Z *.mp3
It does a lot for my session's entertainment value...
Anyway, Good Luck!