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    Help with 5.1 speakers


    Hi,

    I'm using a onboard sound card. The motherboard is: "Intel D865GLC"

    At installation mandrake install "snd-intel8x0" as sound driver, but only 2 of my 5 speakers are working.

    At Mandrake Control Center I found that there are the folowing alternative drivers: ali5455, i810_audio, nvaudio

    What do I need to do to get the 5 speakers working? Have I need to install new drivers? use one of the alternative drivers? or just configure some file or use some tool to do it?

    I look for my motherboard drivers at Intel website (http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/lc/lc_drive.htm) and I found that they only have drivers for RedHat. If I need to intall new drivers, can I intall this named to RedHat?, or it will screw up everything?

    Any help would be apreciated
    Thank in advance
    AkiL

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    If you run

    Code:
    speaker-test -c 5
    from the command line, what's the result?

    Jeremy
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    Code:
    [root@cust13-15 root]# speaker-test -c 5
    
    speaker-test 1.0.6
    
    Playback device is plughw:0,0
    Stream parameters are 48000Hz, S16_LE, 5 channels
    Sine wave rate is 440.0000Hz
    Rate set to 48000Hz (requested 48000Hz)
    Buffer size range from 3 to 5461
    Period size range from 3 to 5461
    Buffer time size 2525
    To choose buffer_size = 2520
    To choose period_size = 315
    was set period_size = 315
    was set buffer_size = 2520
      - Front Left
      - Front Right
      - Rear Left
      - Rear Right
      - Center
    Only Front Left and Front Right sound a long bip

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    Since the dirvers are tarballs, I'd say have a go at installing them. None of the other OpenSource Drivers give you anything? Have you adjusted all the settings in alsamixer? Some of them turn on/off front rear speakers.

    Jeremy
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    Hi again,

    I was reading the installation instructions manuals from Intel website (http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/lc/lc_drive.htm) and I found that the driver from 15.Mar.2004 has the following issue:
    ============
    Known Issues
    ============
    -- Support for 2-channel stereo audio is all that is currently provided by this audio driver.
    but the last drivers (from 10.Mar.2005) didn't:
    ========================
    Known Issues/Errata
    ========================
    There are no known issues at this time.
    And I think that maybe mandrake is using that old driver and installing this new one could solve the problem.

    So, I download the last driver BUT I'm getting some troubles to install it.

    At the installation instructions they say:
    =================================
    Installing the Driver Package
    =================================

    1. Log onto the system as root.

    2. Go to the directory where you downloaded the driver installation package. If you downloaded the driver installation package to "/tmp":
    cd /tmp

    3. Run the sound installation and configuration script ./audio_install

    4. Reboot the system.

    NOTE: You might see some error and warning messages regarding uninstalled packages. This script attempts to remove any old ALSA* driver packages that may be on the system (depending on the distribution). If there are no old packages to remove, these warning and error messages will be issued. You may ignore them.

    ============================================
    Verifying Driver Was Installed Correctly
    ============================================

    Use the 'lsmod' command to verify the Intel(R) AC'97* ALSA* Open Source Audio Driver installed correctly. If the returned result "snd_intel8x0", then the audio driver installation completed successfully.
    lsmod | grep -i 'snd_intel8x0'
    So, following this instructions, when I do ./audio_install I get the following errors:
    Code:
    [root@cust13-15 New Folder]# ./audio_install
    The distro is mandrake and the kernal type is smp
    error: package alsa is not installed
    error: package alsa-tools is not installed
    error: package alsa-utils is not installed
    error: package alsa-lib is not installed
    error: package alsa-lib-devel is not installed
    FATAL: Module snd-serialmidi not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-msnd-pinnacle not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-azx not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-audigyls not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-emu10k1x not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-pdplus not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-hdspm not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-intel8x0 is not in kernel.
    FATAL: Error running remove command for snd-intel8x0
    FATAL: Module snd-serialmidi not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-msnd-pinnacle not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-azx not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-audigyls not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-emu10k1x not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-pdplus not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-hdspm not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-intel8x0 is not in kernel.
    FATAL: Error running remove command for snd-intel8x0
    FATAL: Module snd-serialmidi not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-msnd-pinnacle not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-azx not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-audigyls not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-emu10k1x not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-pdplus not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-hdspm not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-intel8x0 is not in kernel.
    FATAL: Error running remove command for snd-intel8x0
    FATAL: Module snd-serialmidi not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-msnd-pinnacle not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-azx not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-audigyls not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-emu10k1x not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-pdplus not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-hdspm not found.
    FATAL: Module snd-intel8x0 is not in kernel.
    FATAL: Error running remove command for snd-intel8x0
    error: package kernel-smp-module-alsa is not installed
    error: package kernel-module-alsa is not installed
    error: package alsa-driver is not installed
    error: package alsa-driver-smp is not installed
    error: package alsa-driver-1.0.6-1 is not installed
    error: package alsa-driver-1.0.6a-1 is not installed
    error: package alsa-driver-smp-1.0.6-1 is not installed
    error: package alsa-driver-smp-1.0.6a-1 is not installed
    FATAL: Module snd-azx not found.
    chmod: cannot access `/dev/audio*': No such file or directory
    chmod: cannot access `/dev/mixer*': No such file or directory
    chmod: cannot access `/dev/dsp*': No such file or directory
    chmod: cannot access `/dev/aload*': No such file or directory
    finish here
    [root@cust13-15 New Folder]#
    I have already installed a driver named "snd-intel8x0" (from mandrake installation)
    Code:
    [root@cust13-15 New Folder]# lsmod | grep -i 'snd-intel8x0'
    snd-intel8x0           31660  0
    snd-ac97-codec         70736  1 snd-intel8x0
    snd-pcm                86948  2 snd-pcm-oss,snd-intel8x0
    snd-page-alloc          8392  2 snd-intel8x0,snd-pcm
    gameport                4416  1 snd-intel8x0
    snd-mpu401-uart         7168  1 snd-intel8x0
    snd                    49028  9 snd-pcm-oss,snd-mixer-oss,snd-intel8x0,snd-ac97-codec,snd-pcm,snd-timer,snd-mpu401-uart,snd-rawmidi,snd-seq-device
    [root@cust13-15 New Folder]#
    Could this old driver being cause this trouble?
    Could be existing some conflict beetween the actual and the new driver I'm trying to install?
    If yes, how can I disable/unistall it to install the new one? Is this a good idea?

    I really need some help with this.
    Thanks
    AkiL

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    Hi again,

    I'm still trying to give 5.1 support to my mandrake installation.

    I think that the Intel drivers that I download are only fo redhat and suse, because there are not sources to compile, only RPM's called from "audio_install" script.

    The RPM's are:
    Note that every files has a sub-string "...rh...". I assume that it will only work for redhat. Am I wrong?
    Code:
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 amussa amussa 1794365 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-driver-1.0.6a-1.src.rpm*
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa  438272 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-driver-1.0.6a-rh3-2.4.21-27.EL.i386.rpm
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa  446556 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-driver-1.0.6a-rh3-2.4.21-27.ELsmp.i386.rpm
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa  297895 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-lib-1.0.6-rh3-2.4.21-27.EL.i386.rpm
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa  297906 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-lib-1.0.6-rh3-2.4.21-27.ELsmp.i386.rpm
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 amussa amussa  678380 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-lib-1.0.6.src.rpm*
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa   61974 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-lib-devel-1.0.6-rh3-2.4.21-27.EL.i386.rpm
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa   61975 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-lib-devel-1.0.6-rh3-2.4.21-27.ELsmp.i386.rpm
    
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 amussa amussa  151016 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-util-1.0.6.src.rpm*
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa  136362 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-utils-1.0.6-rh3-2.4.21-27.EL.i386.rpm
    -rw-r--r--  1 amussa amussa  136366 Mar  2 18:07 alsa-utils-1.0.6-rh3-2.4.21-27.ELsmp.i386.rpm
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 amussa amussa   26391 Apr 26 04:12 audio_install*
    -rw-rw-r--  1 amussa amussa   26391 Apr 26 04:09 audio_install~
    So, I give up from install this drivers, but I keep looking at google for another one, and I really found another one BUT (as always) this ones ask me for the kernel source.

    Kernel source could not be found on your system. Please install the kernel source and try again.

    Locations searched for kernel source:
    /usr/src/linux-2.4
    /usr/src/linux
    /usr/src/2.6.8.1-12mdksmp
    My queston is:
    Where can I find the linux-2.6.8.1-12mdksmp kernel source?
    Can I use the file "linux-2.6.8.1.tar.bz2" from http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ ?
    or it must be exactly the "linux-2.6.8.1-12mdksmp"?
    I ask that because I did a google search and I didn't find the "linux-2.6.8.1-12mdksmp" file to download.

    Thanks for your pacience
    AkiL

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    Sorry you're having such a hard time.

    The kernel source can be installed using MCC from your installation discs.

    Jeremy
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