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How do I get sound under Linux?
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You will need to know a few things about your sound card, ie
the I/O address, Interrupt, DMA, etc.

The first thing you will have to do is compile support for it.
If you have never compiled a kernel before, I suggest reading
the documentation in /usr/src/linux - it's not all that hard,
but a little intimidating for beginners.

After you compile support, the next time you boot (on your
new kernel) it should show your sound card in the boot sequence.
You will at the very least need /dev/audio - it is included by
default generally, but if for any reason it doesn't appear, use
the MAKEDEV command to create it.

To test your sound config, just do "cat anyfile >> /dev/audio"
You should hear a bunch of static.  This will indicate success.

Also, you will find some handy info in /usr/doc/HOWTO - there
is a Sound-HOWTO.gz and a Sound-Playing-HOWTO as well.  Both of
these go into great detail on getting sound working.

Good luck
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