Finding the Right Sound Driver ...

Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. kdk at
Tue Oct 26 18:17:19 PDT 2004

Siavash EDRISI wrote:

>I have been reading the text "Setting Up the Sound Card" at
>in order to find and install the right driver for the sound card in my i386. The
>hardware is an ESS 1869 PCI. Before I had WinXP installed on this hardware and
>it reported that the location of the card is: PCI slot 3 (PCI bus 0, device 14,
>function 0)
>I did whatever is described in the section 7.2.1 of the manual:
>1- I checked the entries in "/boot/defaults/loader.conf". The right line was
>  snd_sbc_load="NO"
>I imagine this means that the driver is already somewhere on the harddisk!
>2- Then I inserted the following line into /boot/loader.conf
>  snd_sbc_load="YES"
>3- I booted the system.
>Right after calling "startx" and entering KDE I got (as usual) the error message
>that the sound server could not find the file /dev/dsp.
>As I read in the manual configuring a custom kernel with sound support is just a
>second method and can be used alternatively. So I am not sure if I really have
>to do something in the kernel or not, since the first efforts did not help!
>Could someone please tell me what I still have to do? I would of course be very
>thankful for more precise advices.
>Thanks in advance

Hi, Sia!

I'm taking the liberty of cc'ing this to a more appropriate forum.

For further diagnosis, what is the output of "uname -a" ??  The
instructions have changed recently, because the code changed
fairly recently, and the age of your installation might help determine
the solution to your problem.

I'm fairly sure I've used this card before....

Kevin Kinsey

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