Dell Mother Boards

Martin McCormick martin.m at
Fri Apr 29 16:34:44 UTC 2016

	First, thank you. I think this is getting closer to
solution. Before I ran this script, I had done a dmesg which I
forgot to include in the original message and what you describe
appears to be the case.

[    2.364460] isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
[    2.473376]  01:01: card 'CS4236B'

	It sees the CS4236.

	I looked at the file you included and made an executible
script out of it. Originally, it crashed at line 24 in the if
statement. The fix appears to be to change the brackets around
the if clause to a double bracket. When it runs, however, it
fails with the following error:

ERROR: could not insert 'snd_cs4236': Invalid argument

	That sounds to me more like a syntax error in the script,
like it almost works but not quite. It will sure be nice if I can
get that CS4236 back as a sound card if for nothing else, amixer
will work and I can use the speaker beeps again.

	I am working on a little project to put together an
accessible DVR and the receiver is a digital television tuner box
that one can query for signal strength. The box returns a number
from 0 to 100. That number can be multiplied by a constant tofeed
in to the beep utility as a frequency value to get a varying
tone. I can feed that to a pair of wireless headphones, go
outside and climb an amateur radio tower and turn the antenna
until I get the highest-pitched tone. That tells me the signal is
as good as it is going to be.

	Without amixer, the tone is audible in the P.C. speaker
but you can't feed it anywhere off the system without hardware

	Anyway, many thanks.

Luke Yelavich <themuso at> writes:
> Glancing quickly at a recent kernel tree, I still see a driver for this
> piece of hardware. I wonder whether the card is not being found because
> its in PnP mode and therefore the kernel doesn't see it for whatever 
> reason.
> Attached is a file we cary in Ubuntu that can help get this card working
> again in PnP mode. No idea if it will help you, but it may be worth a try.
> Luke

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