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Suse 7.1, ALSA, and SB16 issues
I finally have Suse 7.1 on my system. I used the default installation with
the 2.4 and 2.2.18 kernels and ReiserFS. The installation went fine and I'm
dualbooting it with W98 using BootMagic.

I'm having problems getting the sound to work. I have an ISA soundcard, a
Soundblaster16. I've always had problems getting Suse 6.4 to automatically
detect it. When installing Suse, it always tries to use ALSA and I have to
remove ALSA in order to get my card functional. I'd thought ALSA supported
Creative soundcards, especially a SB16, but everytime I try to install Suse,
Suse has issues with my soundcard....even version 7.1. This is what Yast2
looks like after trying to configure my modem:
http://members.fortunecity.com/wigglit/ronpics/snapshot3.png

I removed the ALSA package and anyting associated with it from my box today,
expecting things to be ok. NOT.

Somehow, my box is still trying to use ALSA. The manual states to use OSS
(package opso) in place of ALSA when problems occur with ALSA, but when I did
a search for this package, Suse couldn't find it. It also states that SAX2
can only configured soundcards using the ALSA package. After I removed ALSA,
I checked Yast2 under 'Sound'. This is what I found:
http://members.fortunecity.com/wigglit/ronpics/snapshot4.png

I've tried hacking modules.conf to configure my card to no avail, even after
removing ALSA altogether. Here's what my current modules.conf looks like.
I've cut out the irrelevant parts:

_________________
#*****************************************************************************
# module : sb.o Soundblaster 16, SB Pro + Clones
# Also needed for AWE32/64
#
# Dcoumentation available in
/usr/src/linux/Documentation/sound/Soundblaster
# and in /usr/src/linux/drivers/sound/sb.c .
#
# Possible configuration :
#
alias char-major-14 sb
alias sound on
alias midi on
post-install sb /sbin/modprobe "-k" "adlib_card"
options sb dma=3 dma16=7 io=0x220 irq=5 mpu_io=0x330
options adlib_card io=0x388
#
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
# YaST2: sound cards support
#
alias char-major-116 snd
options snd snd_cards_limit=1 snd_major=116

#
# YaST2: sound system dependent part
#
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-11 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss
_______________

I also get error messages in the console log (only with the out-of-the-box
2.4 kernel):

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Console log for 500mhz
May 2 12:01:59 500mhz kernel: PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 00:09.0
May 2 12:01:59 500mhz kernel: usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
May 2 12:01:59 500mhz kernel: usb.c: USB device 3 (vend/prod 0x46d/0x840) is
not claimed by any active driver.
May 2 12:01:59 500mhz kernel: usb.c: USB device 4 (vend/prod 0x4a9/0x2204)
is not claimed by any active driver.
May 2 12:02:09 500mhz modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module char-major-145
May 2 12:02:09 500mhz modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module char-major-145
May 2 12:02:42 500mhz kernel: isapnp: Scanning for Pnp cards...
May 2 12:02:42 500mhz kernel: isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
May 2 12:02:43 500mhz kernel: <Sound Blaster 16 (4.13)> at 0x220 irq 5 dma
1,5
May 2 12:02:43 500mhz kernel: <Sound Blaster 16> at 0x330 irq 5 dma 0,0
May 2 12:02:43 500mhz insmod:
/lib/modules/2.4.0-4GB/kernel/drivers/sound/sb.o: post-install sb failed
May 2 12:02:43 500mhz insmod:
/lib/modules/2.4.0-4GB/kernel/drivers/sound/sb.o: insmod char-major-14 failed
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This is getting frustrating. At least with Suse 6.4, I could eventually get
the sound working. Suse 7.1 is so damn different that I may go six months
without sound. What's worse is the fact that when KDE2 boots up, it plays
that funky music, and I CAN hear that, just not music CDs. If I turn up the
speakers to max, I can hear the music faintly.

I get errors in the console window when I boot up with the 2.2.18 kernel, but
the sound is still playing when KDE2 boots up and not playing when I put in a
music CD:

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Console log for 500mhz
May 2 21:30:45 500mhz kernel: usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
May 2 21:30:45 500mhz kernel: hub.c: already running port 1 disabled by hub
(EMI?), re-enabling...
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb-uhci.c: ENXIO 80000380, flags 0, urb
dfedaf20, burb dfedade0
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb.c: error getting string descriptor 0
(error=-6)
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb-uhci.c: ENXIO 80000380, flags 0, urb
dfedaf20, burb dfedade0
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb.c: error getting string descriptor 0
(error=-6)
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb-uhci.c: ENXIO 80000380, flags 0, urb
dfedaf20, burb dfedade0
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb.c: error getting string descriptor 0
(error=-6)
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb-uhci.c: ENXIO 80000380, flags 0, urb
dfedaf20, burb dfedade0
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb.c: error getting string descriptor 0
(error=-6)
May 2 21:30:46 500mhz kernel: usb.c: USB device 3 (prod/vend 0x46d/0x840) is
not claimed by any active driver.
May 2 21:30:47 500mhz kernel: usb.c: USB device 4 (prod/vend 0x4a9/0x2204)
is not claimed by any active driver.
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module char-major-145
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module char-major-145
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer
dereference at virtual address 00000000
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: current->tss.cr3 = 1c63c000, %%cr3 = 1c63c000
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: *pde = 00000000
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: Oops: 0000
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: CPU: 0
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: EIP: 0010:[<00000000>]
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: EFLAGS: 00013287
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: eax: 00000000 ebx: dd5b1440 ecx: 00000000
edx: dd5b1440
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: esi: e00f8d40 edi: dd5b147c ebp: e00ed000
esp: dc641ee8
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: Process modprobe (pid: 406, process nr: 33,
stackpage=dc641000)
May 2 21:30:54 500mhz kernel: Stack: 0000000f dfeda840 e00f4cfc 00000000
e00f9444 e00f9444 e00ed000 00000000
May 2 21:30:55 500mhz kernel: dc599005 e00ed04d e00ed5ba e00f8d40
dc599005 e00ed04d e00ed5ac 00000000
May 2 21:30:55 500mhz kernel: dc599005 e00ed04d c0125dd7 e00ed048
080bea90 0000c848 c011855b dc640000
May 2 21:30:55 500mhz kernel: Call Trace: [<e00f4cfc>] [<e00f9444>]
[<e00f9444>] [<e00ed000>] [<e00ed04d>] [<e00ed5ba>] [<e00f8d40>]
May 2 21:30:55 500mhz kernel: [<e00ed04d>] [<e00ed5ac>] [<e00ed04d>]
[free_pages+39/44] [<e00ed048>] [sys_init_module+1139/1252] [<e00ed048>]
[mousedev:__insmod_mousedev_O/lib/modules/2.2.18/usb/mousedev.o_M3A6E+0/96]
May 2 21:30:55 500mhz kernel: [<e00ed048>] [error_code+53/64]
[system_call+52/64]
May 2 21:30:55 500mhz kernel: Code: Bad EIP value.
May 2 21:32:58 500mhz kernel: hdc: packet command error: status=0x51 {
DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
May 2 21:32:58 500mhz kernel: hdc: packet command error: error=0x50
May 2 21:32:58 500mhz kernel: ATAPI device hdc:
May 2 21:32:58 500mhz kernel: Error: Illegal request -- (Sense key=0x05)
May 2 21:32:58 500mhz kernel: Logical block address out of range --
(asc=0x21, ascq=0x00)
May 2 21:32:58 500mhz kernel: The failed "Read Track Rzone Info" packet
command was:
May 2 21:32:58 500mhz kernel: "52 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00 "
_______________

Seems to be USB related and not sound related errors.

I'm at a total loss here. This is a fresh install. ISAPNP won't detect the
soundcard or ISA modem that I have, but the modem works fine.

I'm gonna leave it alone for a few days and see if I can clear my head and
retry to fix this. Ugh....

Update: Another nagging problem I just found out about ALSA is that after I
removed it, when I went back later to install other software, I found that
ALSA automatically reinstalls. I did this 3 times. WTF!?


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