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Sound card installation

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I have a vibra 16 audio chipset (SB16 on motherboard).

I have included the sound module in my "rc.modules" file. During the Linux
boot up, I hear a distinct sound on my speakers, which makes me think my
hardware is recognized.

But when I try to use any sound application (eg Real Audio 3) I get various
error messages telling me there is no audio hardware installed.

What do I have to do??
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Try this:
cat /etc/passwd.old > /dev/audio
if you heared something everything is ok.
If not, compile your kernel with sound support.
Instead of file passwd.old use any other text file or .au file if you preffer music.

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in case you need to know how to compile the kernel, here it is. Of course, this assumes that you have the kernel source, headers, gcc, etc.

Go to /usr/lsrc/linux directory
type the following commands in this order:

   make config   (anser all question, Y for sound)
   make dep
   make clean
   make zImage (takes forever)
   make modules
   make module_install
   cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/zImage /boot/vmlinuz
   lilo
   
Then, reboot the computer

NOTE: Do not forget the lilo command -- you WILL regret it.
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