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  1. #1

    running a sound device command

    When I was initially installing 10.1, the sound card did not load. I was prompted to enter "alsaconf" or "sndconfig" at the command line. Is there a specific format for this? So far, my attempts have been unsuccessful. Thanks.

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    Linux Guru loft306's Avatar
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    first of all 10.1 what? is that a distro? which one?
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    Sorry I figured since I was posting under Mandrake it woulld have been recognized as Mandrake 10.1. It involves an ESS1869 ISA sound card on a Compaq Presario 5240. I have tried to go through the sound configuration in KDE to remedy the issue. From a previous post on the forums this is the error message:

    Sound server informational message:
    Error while initializing the sound driver:
    device /dev/dsp can't be opened (No such file or directory)
    The sound server will continue, using the null output device.

    Like a lot of people I am new and want to use this OS and have no idea how even approach this stuff. It is like running blind in a china shop. I have not found anything in searches in reference to this particular message. What else is required? Thanks.

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    I have tried in the past and recently to disable the sound card through the BIOS, but there is no option for it. I don't think the drivers for the card ever loaded so once Linux is running I do not think that I can disable and reinstalll. When I look under Harddrake, there is no sound system listed.

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    I have done some searches and saw that some people with the same issue had to check ISO type drive during the install and were then told that they would have to run sndconfig at the command line at start up in order to get the sound. I too got that message but can't get sndconfig to work. I did an upgrade with the 10.1 ISO disk, but it did not configure the sound. IF I was to check install instead of upgrade I am sure I would get the "is this an ISO drive, etc...." But, if I install again do you think it would erase all that i have downloaded and configured? Any options??

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