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Sun Solaris 10 Realtek audio driver - available?

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We have a customer who is using a Foxconn 661FX7MI-RS motherboard with a
Realtek ALC653 AC’97 audio controller.

Foxconn do not provide any Solaris drivers at all and I have not been able to find any.

This is the motherboard:
http://www.foxconnchannel.com/EN-US/Product/motherboard_detail.aspx?id=en-gb0000117

Could you help, or will they have to get a PCI sound card (to go with the PCI network card!) ?

Thanks for your time,

Nigel Butler

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by:Nukfror
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Unfortunately, the ALC653 isn't listed on the Sun Bigadmin HCL list:

http://onesearch.sun.com/search/onesearch/index.jsp?charset=UTF-8&qt=+&rf=0&hcltab=%2Bhcl_mfg%3A%22realtek%22&rt=1&nh=10&cs=0&st=1&col=support-hcl&otf=

I see a few but with models just above or just below the ALC653.

Also, most important question.  Which Solaris 10 are you trying to use ?  Solaris 10 06/06 (aka U2) just came out.  Some of the results I saw from the ALC stuff are reported for Soalris 10 06/06.  If you're not using Solaris 10 06/06, I strongly suggest you give it a try.
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by:dabler
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My customer has just report this. I will ask him to try U2, thanks.

I have tried this one;

Audio drivers Version 1.8 and Beta Version 1.9 for Solaris:
http://www.tools.de/solaris/audio/ 

I can't get it to work, when I run it in the Media player I get the following:
"Unsupported or Invalid Media File"
"Failed to prefetch: Cannot open the Audio Device"

When run from the Command Line I get
"Audioplay: cannot stat /dev/audio: No such file or Directory"
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If you add a driver to the system, you need to do a reconfiguraton boot.  Assuming the device driver works *and* /etc/path_to_inst is setup correct, a reconfiguration reboot will create the appropriate device file.  Fastest way is "reboot -- -r".  Just manually shutdown all the imporant applications you may have installed.  You can also do a "devfsadm" command but for the audio device I would trust the recconfiguration reboot before the devfsadm command.
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