ISA SB AWE64 Gold (partially solved)

Toth Balazs tb at
Sun Sep 26 12:56:38 UTC 2004

> On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 08:28:38PM +0200, Toth Balazs wrote:
> > I have a slight problem with the support of my AWE64 soundcard. The
> > kernel shipped with Ubuntu surely is capable of handling my isa
> > card, but don't know how to set it up. There is no isapnptools package
> > in the distro. Does the recent renaming of isapnp to pnp mean that its
> > functionality has changed in 2.6? Should I reconfigure and recompile my
> > kernel with legacy isa support to solve this problem or is there any
> > other solution? Some help would be appreciated.
> I think that in theory the isapnp functionality in the kernel should
> automatically load the driver, but apparently that didn't happen for you.
> Try loading the snd-sbawe driver with "sudo modprobe snd-sbawe".
> -- 
>  - mdz

According to my previous experiences with isapnp the abovementioned
behaviour would be normal, but unfortunately in this case didn't happen.
After further examination it turned out that the appropriate
sounddevices didn't exist either, had to be created via snddevices by
hand with the corresponding chmod a+rw call. After calling the suggested
modprobe snd-sbawe one should set the volume with alsamixer (followed by
an 'alsactl store') since the default value is zero in this case.

For the modules.conf settings that should be done by hand as well:

Things aren't perfect yet anyway, since my bttv card is considered as
primary sound device by the system and I didn't manage to set up Gnome
to use sound device 1 instead of sound device 0 for its output.

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