Sound driver for Compaq Presario?

Erik Trulsson erikt at
Sat Jan 21 16:44:22 PST 2006

On Sun, Jan 22, 2006 at 01:23:09AM +0100, Andreas Davour wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Jan 2006, Mark Kane wrote:
> >You could try loading the "snd_driver" kernel module to try to have it
> >determine what card it is and load the proper driver. It may work and
> >would save the call/chat/email to support. :)
> >
> ># kldload snd_driver
> >
> >
> I have told my wife many times how much useful information there is in 
> the handbook, but I seems to have a hard time finding information 
> therein myself lately...
> Thanks for the pointer. Unfortunately it didn't give much more 
> information. I had tried to load snd_driver before based on some vague 
> recollection of it being a good idea.
> Having loaded that module, and everything it pulls in, nothing new at 
> all shows up on the console, in dmesg or in the /dev/sndstat file!
> The computer behaves as if there is no card there! If I didn't remember 
> hearing the Windows XP jolly sound when starting the computer I would be 
> tempted to think it broken.
> The only remaining information I have is that pciconf tells me there is 
> a device multimedia/sound from "ATI Technologies" as device 20.5 in its 
> output. :(

What is the *complete* output of 'pciconf -lv' ?  Not just the lines you
think are relevant, but all of them.

> Maybe FreeBSD just lacks support for the built in devices on this 
> laptop. I would hate to have to tell my wife that she has to use Windows 
> XP after all...

That is of course a possibility.  Another possibility is that you just need
to try a newer version of FreeBSD.
I think support for audio on some ATI chipsets were added to RELENG_6 just a
few weeks ago (and is thus not in any -RELEASE yet.)

If you have the 'snd_atiixp' driver on your system I would try it.

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Erik Trulsson
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