Soundcard activation

Alexander Leidinger Alexander at
Fri May 6 03:47:44 PDT 2005

On Thu, 5 May 2005 09:56:03 -0700 (PDT)
Arne "Wörner" <arne_woerner at> wrote:

> --- Olivier Casasole <olivier_casasole at> wrote:
> > I would like to know how to activate a soundcard under FreeBSD
> > 5.3. (in order to use RAT)
> >  
> 1. Find out which sound card you have (see /boot/kernel/snd*).

This isn't needed, just load *all* snd_ modules.

> 2. kldload sound
> 3. kldload snd_XXX
> (maybe you should omit step 2.)...

When the soundcard is detected there should be some output in
/dev/sndctl, look at it for the "kld snd_*" string. The snd_XXX part is
the one you need to know below.

> Or change the kernel (that is how I did it). E. g.:
>   # sound card
>   device sound
>   device "snd_via8233"

This needs a kernel rebuild. If you don't want to rebuild the kernel,
you just can add the line
	snd_XXX_load="YES"	# e.g. snd_es137x_load="YES"
to /boot/loader.conf and at the next reboot the kernel module will be
loaded at boot.


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