Sound and KDE
trey at fastmail.fm
Fri Dec 3 15:36:56 PST 2004
On Fri, 2004-12-03 at 17:17 -0500, Gerard Seibert wrote:
> I have just recently completed a fresh install of FreeBSD 5.3. Upon
> completion, I built a new 'kernel', which included a sound driver.
> Everything seems to work correctly. Using 'cdcontrol', I can play an audio
> disk without any problems.
> Unfortunately, I cannot get sound to work in KDE. I have the latest
> versions of 'xorg' and 'kde' loaded. When 'kde' loads, it displays this
> error message:
> Sound Server information message:
> Error while initializing the sound driver:
> Device /dev/dsp can't be opened (no such file or directory)
> The sound server will continue, using the null output device
> I have no idea where to proceed from this point. When I had FreeBSD 5.2.1
> installed, 'kde' worked fine. I formatted the HD prior to installing the
> new version to minimize any latent errors from being introduced into the
> new version. Therefore, nothing from the old version could be the cause of
> this problem.
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
> Gerard Seibert
> gerard-seibert at rcn.com
Have you tried:
# kldload snd_driver
I have a SoundBlaster Live! card, so I was more specific and used
# kldload snd_emu10k1
and added snd_emu10k1_load="YES" to /boot/loader.conf, restarted the
machine, and now it works like a champ. See
for more info.
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