Help to get Sound functioning on FreeBSD 5.3

Gert Cuykens gert.cuykens at
Tue Feb 8 17:27:42 PST 2005

On Wed, 09 Feb 2005 01:44:15 +0100, albi <albi at> wrote:
> Ean Kingston wrote:
> > I've been having problems getting sound to work on FreeBSD 5.3. It worked find
> > on 4.10 (before the upgrade) using the new sound system.
> ----------- quote handbook ------------
> If you are not sure which driver to use, you may try to load the
> snd_driver module:
> # kldload snd_driver
> This is a metadriver loading the most common device drivers at once.
> This speeds up the search for the correct driver. It is also possible to
> load all sound drivers via the /boot/loader.conf facility.
>      Note: Under FreeBSD 4.X, to load all sound drivers, you have to
> load the snd module instead of snd_driver.
> A second method is to statically compile in support for your sound card
> in your kernel. The section below provides the information you need to
> add support for your hardware in this manner. For more information about
> recompiling your kernel, please see Chapter 8.
> Configuring a Custom Kernel with Sound Support
> The first thing to do is adding the generic audio driver sound(4) to the
> kernel, for that you will need to add the following line to the kernel
> configuration file:
> device sound
> ------------------ end quote ------------
> you followed all of that ? (just to be sure)
> and did you check the mixer-settings ?
> > Any suggestions on a simple command line tool to test the sound system out?
> in KDE you might encounter issues with artsd,
> try ctrl-alt-F2, and then e.g. ogg123 (vorbis-tools) or mpg321 are
> simple commandline tools to test your sound (in KDE there are some
> small ogg-files for certain programs already, try locate or find)
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did you try ? Works great for me

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