Installing the 2.6.5 Kernel and Sound Issues

Martin McCormick martin at
Fri Apr 9 10:53:23 UTC 2004

	I discovered that my sound card was invisible to the kernel
because I had failed to enable ISA plug and play.  After I did that,
the alsa process started.  One member of this list reminded me I
needed to make the devices to initialize alsa so it was a case of not
reading the documentation plus a misconfigured kernel.  It looks like
/dev/dsp exists once again, but I need to run that script to get a
mixer back.  Sorry for the extra messages.

Martin McCormick

Martin McCormick writes:
>	I just installed the Linux-2.6.5 kernel on a system and am in
>the process of installing it on another very similar, but not
>identical system.
>	I see that everything is going toward ALSA and away from what
>is called the open sound system.  If I can make ALSA work, that's
>fine, but I have a couple of questions.
>	Does ALSA support the /dev/dsp 8-bit device?  I have been
>using it for quick and dirty sound applications for a couple of years
>and it is extremely quick and easy to use as long as one's systems is
>working properly.  The audio is fine for voice and, at a sample rate
>of 8,000 samples per second, it doesn't eat up too much disk space
>compared with stereo CD PCM at 44.1 16-bit samples per second.
>	There is also a /dev/audio device that will decode Mu-law
>encoded audio such as is found on ISDN and other digital telephone
>	I would hate to see all those devices go away.  Since the ALSA
>isn't working yet on my home P.C, I can't tell whether it supports
>these lower-bandwidth devices or not.  Right now, it just tells me it
>is unable to run so no audio devices exist.
>	On my work P.C., I installed the 2.6.5 kernel and selected the
>open sound system and not ALSA and the /dev/dsp device came right up
>and is producing normal sound.
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