[PlanetCCRMA] sound problems

Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano nando@ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Mon Oct 14 16:39:00 2002

> We are trying to complete the installation of the Planet packages on an
> Athlon +1800 pc, Soltek motherboard, but for some reason - probably a
> silly one, since we are new to Linux - we canīt get any sound output.
> We have followed the installation instructions on the Planet homepage
> textually:
> - Alsaconf finds the onboard soundcard, a VIA8233 without any trouble,
> and the /etc/modules.conf does not need any re-configuration, so it
> seems, anyway.
> - No oss free drivers were installed during the Redhat 7.3 installation
> process, so apparently there is no need for unloading any oss free
> driver.
> - alsasound is added to /sbin/chkconfig and the alsa driver starts at
> boot up without any problems
> - The alsamixer is unmuted, volume is raised and the settings are saved
> using alsactl.
> - We have checked the output using aplay to play a .wav file. Everything
> seems to work fine except that there is no audible sound output ..!

It looks like you did all the right things. I just checked and it does not
look like the sound driver module has any user configurable options that
you could tweak. I'd say this is an alsa driver problem. Planet CCRMA uses
a snapshot of cvs and the current driver is a bit "old", maybe a newer cvs
version would work. I would post to the alsa-dev mailing list at
sourceforge with all details to see if somebody else has had this same

One more thing, anything unusual in /var/log/messages? Look at the boot 
sequence to see if there are any error messages that could be associated 
with the alsa drivers. 

-- Fernando