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Are all SB Live sound card owners screwed?

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From what I've gathered from searching the web for hours, the SB Live no-sound issue is common.

 

But all I want to do know is....does a solution exist?

 

I feel like I've tried every suggested fix in all the different threads relating to this issue, and nothing works.

 

I'm running MDK 10 CE.

 

Mandrake Control Center says this about my sound card:

 

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Vendor: ‎Creative Labs

Alternative drivers: ‎audigy:emu10k1

Bus: ‎PCI

Bus identification: ‎1102:6:1102:1003

Location on the bus: ‎2:9:0

Description: ‎[sB Live! Value] EMU10k1X

Module: ‎snd-emu10k1

Media class: ‎MULTIMEDIA_AUDIO

===================================

 

When I run lsmod, this is returned:

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[root@localhost etc]# lsmod

Module Size Used by

md5 3872 1

ipv6 232352 13

sg 38044 0

sr_mod 17060 0

lp 12200 0

snd-seq-midi 8160 0

snd-emu10k1-synth 6816 0

snd-emux-synth 36320 1 snd-emu10k1-synth

snd-seq-virmidi 6912 1 snd-emux-synth

snd-seq-midi-emul 7776 1 snd-emux-synth

snd-seq-oss 31232 0

snd-seq-midi-event 7552 3 snd-seq-midi,snd-seq-virmidi,snd-seq-oss

snd-seq 51024 8 snd-seq-midi,snd-emux-synth,snd-seq-virmidi,snd-seq-midi-emul,snd-seq-oss,snd-seq-midi-event

snd-pcm-oss 51812 0

snd-mixer-oss 17952 2 snd-pcm-oss

snd-emu10k1 85508 2 snd-emu10k1-synth

snd-rawmidi 23616 3 snd-seq-midi,snd-seq-virmidi,snd-emu10k1

snd-pcm 93156 2 snd-pcm-oss,snd-emu10k1

snd-timer 24484 2 snd-seq,snd-pcm

snd-seq-device 8008 7 snd-seq-midi,snd-emu10k1-synth,snd-emux-synth,snd-seq-oss,snd-seq,snd-emu10k1,snd-rawmidi

snd-ac97-codec 58148 1 snd-emu10k1

snd-page-alloc 11972 2 snd-emu10k1,snd-pcm

snd-util-mem 4448 2 snd-emux-synth,snd-emu10k1

snd-hwdep 8928 2 snd-emux-synth,snd-emu10k1

snd 52484 16 snd-seq-midi,snd-emux-synth,snd-seq-virmidi,snd-seq-oss,snd-seq-midi-event,snd-seq,snd-pcm-oss,snd-mixer-oss,snd-emu10k1,snd-rawmidi,snd-pcm,snd-timer,snd-seq-device,snd-ac97-codec,snd-util-mem,snd-hwdep

soundcore 9248 2 snd

af_packet 20520 2

ide-floppy 18752 0

ide-tape 34864 0

ide-cd 40548 0

cdrom 37184 2 sr_mod,ide-cd

floppy 59444 0

usbmouse 5216 0

joydev 10240 0

tsdev 7168 0

evdev 9504 0

usbkbd 6912 0

8139too 23712 0

mii 4992 1 8139too

nls_iso8859-1 3904 1

ntfs 85932 1

supermount 37876 1

intel-agp 17372 1

agpgart 31016 1 intel-agp

ppa 12296 0

parport_pc 32832 1

imm 12360 0

scsi_mod 114744 4 sg,sr_mod,ppa,imm

hid 53312 0

parport 38952 4 lp,ppa,parport_pc,imm

uhci-hcd 29104 0

usbcore 99132 6 usbmouse,usbkbd,hid,uhci-hcd

rtc 11576 0

ext3 110376 3

jbd 54328 1 ext3

===================================

 

Any help that anyone could provide would be GREATLY appreciated!

 

(By the way, the mic is muted, and I've check to make sure all the appropriate volumes are not muted via the volume control and alsamixer.)

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Are you sure that your ac97 on board sound is completely off? I have a soundblaster live, several years old, and it works fine. (It wouldn't work in MEPIS)

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I went into alsamixer and found a couple fields labeled 'ac97' something and I made sure those were turned all the way down/off.

 

Still no sound.

 

So I rebooted, double checked the ac97 settings were unchanged, and still no sound.

 

Any other suggestions?

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What I mean is that the ac97 on-board audio chip needs to be off in your bios. Two different audio chips playing around with drivers can be quite a headache. If Mandrake sees two audio devices, it will try to run both of them.

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Well, I didn't think I had on-board sound, but I will double check the BIOS anyway.

 

I'm new enough that I'm not sure I know what you mean by "try the OSS driver." Although I did see a lot of talk about OSS drivers in my search for a solution on the net.

 

(By the way, after reading something on the net, I did a

modprobe pcspkr

at the command line, and that was successful at allowing me to hear the lovely beeps out of the PC speaker. )

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Delete /etc/asound.state

 

Silly question...Did you save the settings after you adjusted alsamixer? Adjust then exit alsamixer and use the command alsactl store as root.

 

Check aumix and kmix settings.

 

Go to the KDE Control Center and make sure sound is enabled.

 

reboot or restart alsa

Edited by Germ

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I did just what you said, and it looks as though the settings are being stored.

 

I'm running GNOME, but when I typed 'kmix' from the command line, I got a ton of messages - most of them warnings, but the last few messages were the following:

 

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Session management error: Authentication Rejected, reason : None of the authentication protocols specified are supported and host-based authentication failed

kmix: ERROR: Alsa mixer cannot be found.

Please check that the soundcard is installed and the

soundcard driver is loaded.

kmix:

kmix: ERROR: Alsa mixer cannot be found.

Please check that the soundcard is installed and the

soundcard driver is loaded.

====================================

 

Does that help troubleshoot the problem at all?

 

And one other thing, in the Control Center, under the heading of "Uknown/Others" in the Hardware section is listed [sB Live! Value] Input Device Controller. And then in the information window, I see the following:

 

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Vendor: ‎Creative Labs

Bus: ‎PCI

Bus identification: ‎1102:7004:1102:1003

Location on the bus: ‎2:9:1

Description: ‎[sB Live! Value] Input device controller

Module: ‎unknown

Media class: ‎INPUT_OTHER

===========

 

Once again, any help is appreciated. Thanks for all of the suggestions so far.

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The input device controller is your joystick port on the sblive card. I have never used mine, so it is always "unknown". What kind of motherboard do you have? Perhaps a model number?

 

The alsa driver is "snd-emu10k" where as the oss driver is "emu10k". I use the latter driver.

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Motherboard information:

 

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Motherboard:

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4A, 2400 MHz (4.5 x 533)

Motherboard Name Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 8200

Motherboard Chipset Intel Tehama i850E

System Memory 512 MB (RDRAM)

BIOS Type Phoenix (09/13/02)

Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)

Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1

===============

 

Additional motherboard info:

 

===============

Motherboard

 

Motherboard Properties:

Motherboard ID <DMI>

Motherboard Name Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 8200

 

Front Side Bus Properties:

Bus Type Intel NetBurst

Bus Width 64-bit

Real Clock 133 MHz (QDR)

Effective Clock 533 MHz

Bandwidth 4267 MB/s

 

Memory Bus Properties:

Bus Type Dual RDRAM

Bus Width 16-bit

Real Clock 400 MHz (DDR)

Effective Clock 800 MHz

Bandwidth 3200 MB/s

 

Motherboard Manufacturer:

Company Name Dell Computer Corporation

Product Information http://www.dell.com

BIOS Download http://support.dell.com

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that card happens to be one of the more 'supported' soundcards in linux. It works. Post your /etc/modules.conf file.

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Here are the contents of my /etc/modules.conf file:

 

probeall scsi_hostadapter imm ppa

probeall usb-interface usb-uhci

alias eth0 8139too

above snd-emu10k1 snd-pcm-oss

alias sound-slot-0 snd-emu10k1

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I would edit it to say;

#above snd-emu10k1 snd-pcm-oss

#alias sound-slot-0 snd-emu10k1

above emu10k1 snd-pcm-oss

alias sound-slot-0 emu10k1

 

put

emu10k1

in /etc/modprobe.preload

 

open a terminal>su to root>chkconfig alsa off>reboot

does it work? If not someone that actually uses that card will need to tell you what to have in modules.conf. I have a sb 16 pci. Or, you could google for how to use the oss driver.

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I thought that there was an issue with the SB Live card that come with the Dells. Something about the fact that the cards are actually not 100% SB Live cards (they use a different chipset). Or was this only with the audigy cards?

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