Tracking the sound problem.

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Sat Feb 9 22:14:55 UTC 2008

Scince no one has solved the global f8 sound problem for me let me try
to get an answer to a part of the problem.

The system seems to be tring to locate sound card 0.
On my system /proc/asound/cards returns:
 0 [CS4236B        ]: CS4236B - CS4236B
                      CS4236B at 0x534, irq 5, dma 1&3
or example
Which seems to imply that the CS42368 is sound card 0. So what could be
going wrong.

For example, running:

mplayer "mms://"

Returns lines like these:
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: confmisc.c:768:(parse_card) cannot find card '0'
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: conf.c:3510:(_snd_config_evaluate) function
snd_func_card_driver returned error: No such device
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: confmisc.c:392:(snd_func_concat) error evaluating
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: conf.c:3510:(_snd_config_evaluate) function
snd_func_concat returned error: No such device
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: confmisc.c:1251:(snd_func_refer) error evaluating
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: conf.c:3510:(_snd_config_evaluate) function
snd_func_refer returned error: No such device
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: conf.c:3982:(snd_config_expand) Evaluate error: No
such device
[AO_ALSA] alsa-lib: pcm.c:2145:(snd_pcm_open_noupdate) Unknown PCM
[AO_ALSA] Playback open error: No such device
Could not open/initialize audio device -> no sound.
Audio: no sound
Video: no video

What are these errors telling me?

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Aaron Konstam telephone: (210) 656-0355 e-mail: akonstam at

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