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Re: [SLE] AC97
  • From: Paul Benjamin <paulben@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 11:18:00 -0500
  • Message-id: <8tlgbuorrje5nulbo241eq15j8f84tls1a@xxxxxxx>
SuSE uses the ALSA sound card drivers by default. The ALSA project
was a web page and a very good list of supported cards at:

Follow the links on that page for further information on the family of
Analog Devices chips supported by the AC97 driver.

Most of them are old so the SuSE supplied should have supported them.
Did you use Yast2 to detect your sound card or are trying to do it on
your own? I had a sound card that wasn't supported by SuSE 7.2 until
I download newer drivers and recompiled. But with your older chipset
that should not be your problem.

If you are not going to use Yast2 you are going to have to do a lot of
reading and experimenting with the information you can get at the ALSA
web page. It is not fun as I found out on a Debian install.

Good luck,


On Sat, 13 Apr 2002 13:36:31 +0200, Anders Johansson
<andjoh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>Trying to rephrase my question a little.
>I have a motherboard with a built in soundcard that the docs simply lable as
>"AC97". I see a module ac97.o, and it doesn't complain when I load it, but
>there's no sound.
>So here's my question: could someone shed some light on what exactly AC97 is?
>I've read a few papers on the net. Am I right in thinking AC97 is an
>application interface, as opposed to a chipset standard (in other words the
>ac97 module is an API that still requires a chipset specific driver) or have
>I misunderstood something?

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