Dell laptop + sound

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Wed Feb 21 00:09:25 UTC 2007

On Tue, 20 Feb 2007 16:59:43 -0500 (EST)
Michael S <msherman77 at> wrote:

> I am having problems getting sound to work on an old
> Dell Latitude. I configured the sound card following
> the handbook, and the driver (snd_ich) loads just
> fine. However I can neither hear anything when doing
> cat file > /dev/dsp nor can I raise the volume level
> using the XFCE volume control applet. Any hints?

Hi Michael,
what card have you got? 

for example, I can see mine with pciconf -lv :
pcm0 at pci0:27:0: class=0x040300 card=0x05b71014 chip=0x26688086 rev=0x03 hdr=0x00
    vendor   = 'Intel Corporation'
    device   = '82801FB/FR/FW/FRW Intel High DefiNition Audio Controller'
    class    = multimedia

(look for 'class = multimedia' or pcm@ device...

Also, after loading the snd modules, what does 

cat /dev/sndstat 

show? if the drivers has detected your card properly, you should get some
info... For example , I get:

[betom at ayiin] [Wed Feb 21 11:02:46 2007]
$ cat /dev/sndstat 
FreeBSD Audio Driver (newpcm: 64bit)
Installed devices:
pcm0: <Intel 82801F High Definition Audio Controller> at memory 0xb0000000 irq
11 kld snd_hda [20070105_0038] (1p/1r/2v channels duplex default)

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