[CentOS] Strange soundcard problem w/4.2

Chris Mauritz chrism at imntv.com
Sun Oct 23 15:49:43 UTC 2005

Hi there,

I'm trying to repurpose an unused machine (athlon XP 3000+) for my young 
daughter to use.  It's on a motherboard with a VIA KT880 chipset and VIA 
integrated soundcard (VIA 8237).  The card seems to be detected during 
boot time and shows up in the system log, but when I try to actually use 
the sound card within Gnome, there's no sound.  The device is detected, 
but there's no sound.

So I figured this may be an "oddball" chipset, so I disabled the onboard 
sound device and installed a vanilla Soundblaster Live! card.  Again, 
the card seems to be detected by the kernel at boot time, but there's no 
sound and the soundcard detection utility reports "no sound card 
detected."  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated since my 
daughter is now camped at my expensive laptop so she can play tux racer 
(a great game for kids, BTW).  :-)


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