Soundblaster Live! on FreeBSD 4.8?

Kent Stewart kstewart at
Sun Sep 7 17:29:00 PDT 2003

On Sunday 07 September 2003 01:19 pm, fireal at wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am trying to find out how to get sound configured on my machine
> with FreeBSD 4.8 (or even 5.1) for that matter.  I have a Creative
> Soundblaster Live! card.  I added sound to the kernel, rebooted, and
> made the device(for 4.8).  I can see the card in dmesg, and even get
> a volume control (using KDE), but cannot play any sounds.  “fstat |
> grep dsp” shows artsd running.  But running or not, I have no
> sound.
> I have searched the various related lists, checked the handbook,
>, etc, and can find no definite answer to my question. 
> I understand that SB Live isn’t supported, yet some people say that
> have them set up and working, and that there is no reason they should
> not work in BSD.  I’m just wondering if there is anything that I
> can do, or are any resources to check into.

For sound, did you add "device pcm" to your kernel config file? If you 
did, then did you 

cd /dev
sh MAKEDEV snd0

I have a "Live 5.1" and an Audigy gamer. The live works just fine and 
has for an awfully long time.


Kent Stewart
Richland, WA

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