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  1. #1

    Setting up sound card on Damn Small Linux, old laptop


    I am terminally stuck with sound card setup on this old laptop with on-board sound card:

    Model: Toshiba Tecra 730CDT
    OS: Damn Small Linux 4.4.10

    Here's what I see if I get into the BIOS setup:

    Sound card config:
    WSS I/O Address = 534H
    SBPro I/O Address = 220H
    Synthesizer I/O Address = Others(318H)
    WSS & SBPro IRQ Level = IRQ5
    WSS & SBPro DMA
    Playback = Channel 0
    Record = Channel 1
    Control I/O Address = 120H

    I have installed ALSA utils, and I boot the DSL with alsa boot option. I don't know what driver to install and where, and I don't have any idea if DSL is aware of any sound hardware presence at all.

    In DSL, typing command lspci does not bring up any sound hardware. I don't know if there's any other command that should show any unrecognized hardware. Or maybe that coundcard is not considered PCI device, I have no idea. All that I know is that it worked in Win98, that was previously installed on this PC.

    Given that I know all the ports and IRQs, and the fact that this sound card emulates SoundBlaster, could someone, please, prop me in the right direction? Right now I hate to admit I am fumbling with random ALSA installs and configurations, without any sense and success.

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    Try this:
    aplay -l
    I'm not too sure if DSL has it installed by default but it should come with Alsa.
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    I am not sure if this script (inxi) will work in DSL. It does for me in Puppy. You could give it a shot and it will tell you more than lspci does in DSL.


    You might read the site I refer you (in my tutorial) to and see if the depends for inxi are installed in Damn Small Linux also. If you run inxi in terminal it will tell you why it would not start and what was missing to run it. If you look at my 3rd screenshot you can see the audio chipset and what driver it uses and what alsa version also.

    I would not try tyo install smxi script in DSL. Just inxi. The command

    cd /usr/local/bin && wget -Nc && chmod +x inxi
    entered in terminal as root user is all you should need to do to install inxi in DSL.
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