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SB32 and RedHat 5.1?

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   I cant get my SB32 to work with RedHat 5.1 with Kernel 2.0.36. Please help!!!
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by:screwdriver
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could you describe it more specific? Have you configured your kernel to support sound?

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by:hallstein
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Get OSS - open sound system at
http://www.4front-tech.com/. Remember to get one that fits your kernel (if you have 2.0.36 - get the 2.0.36 version of it)
when downloaded run oss-install - and it detects and configures your soundcard. use soundon and soundoff to turn the sound on and off. - Good luck!
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   I already have the OSS but as far as I can tell it is a shareware and so it just works for a limitted time and the SB32 should work with the drivers provided with the kernel as I have read in the HOWTOs and on the internet itself a lot.
   I am using isapnp to set up the card as described in the HOWTO and the Kernel is compile with all those normal options and the settings are the same as in the DOS/Windows environment.
   Any further help??
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Read the documentation regarding soundcards listed in kerneldir(linux)/Documentation/README.soundcards (whatever)
you get your card modprobed i guess. i've never used anything else than oss - because i dont use time with it if dont have to :) (my isdn card is another story tho)

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Did you re-compile the kernel?

From /usr/src/linux ...

make mrproper;make config;make dep;make clean;make modules;make modules_install;make zImage (or zlilo).

You will then need to specify the card in make config.

-Kent
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   I have compiled the kernel many times in order to set up my SB32 and I have tried Isapnp also and nothing seems to work, exept the OSS-driver, that works pretty good. I guess I am missing something in beetween, I just dont know where.
    I am using the same settings as in DOS mode, but I have't had any luck with my sound card at all.
    I will keep trying next year, because it's summer down here in Brazil and it's beach time till the first week of January 1999.
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If you know all the settings of your SB32 (IRQ, DMA etc), then you don't need to recompile your kernel or use isapnp of that sort for Redhat 5.1. Run the program /usr/sbin/sndconfig as root. The settings presented in this setup program are usually good on first try; if not set them to the correct settings. Then sndconfig will attempt to use modprobe to insert the module. If successful, some sort of sound will be heard; if not, take note of what the complain is about. I will need the error message to figure out what is going on then.      
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    It says that modprobe has reported an error.
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You will need to update your kernel.  You can get the new
one from the errata page at
http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/rhl/rh51-errata-general.html#kernel
be sure to follow all the directions that are on that page.

Your other problem may be PnP.  

The 2.0.xx kernels do not directly support the Plug and Play (PNP)
protocol. You will need to either disable PNP on the card (via jumpers or card setup tools). You can also change your boot method to use Loadlin.exe from Windows (as windows would then have set up the PNP hardware).

Finally you can try using the isapnptools programs.

Do this:
pnpdump > /etc/isapnp.conf

first.  This will create a configuration file that you will need toedit to choose the settings used. Then do isapnp /etc/isapnp.conf to set up the devices.

See http://www.roestock.demon.co.uk/isapnptools/ for more information.

I hope that this helps.


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