latest version of alsa?

I have

OS: Linux x86_64
Current user: brian@linux-z3dx
System: openSUSE 11.1 (x86_64)
KDE: 3.5.10 “release 21.11”

I looked at a thread and it pointed to
Alsa-update - openSUSE

how do I know if I have the latest version of alsa?

How do I know if my machine is 386? I cannot find it in the hardware information in YAST?

I have a problem with sound in Kmail, Kaffeine will see a CD but no sound? Firefox, BBCiplayer and Amaroke seem to work fine. All was fine till an update last night but I did not look what the update was!

Not sure how to get a log of the repositories but I can see them and have altered packman to priority 90 as per another thread.


Yes, I wrote that wiki.

You can tell what alsa rpms you have installed by typing:
rpm -qa 'alsa
however that might not indicate what alsa version you have installed, as the alsa driver now comes with the Linux kernel, and unless one has specifically installed an rpm to replace that kernel module, then one needs to use another technique.

A good way to find out the alsa version, AND get other useful audio configuration information, is to run the script:

You quoted "OS: Linux x86_64 " thats a 64-bit OS version and it definitely will NOT run on an i386 PC. So you can be assured you do NOT have an i386.

Well, do you have any sound anywhere?

You can tell what you updated last night by typing:
rpm -qa --last

There is a guide for troubleshooting openSUSE basic sound problems here:
SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE

Please note the speaker tests on that page, that one should use to determine if their overall sound is functional.

Thanks for the reply.

Looking at the trouble shooter, usuing YAST I removed the sound card, then installed it again and the sound seems almost right.

The card is 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller.

It’s funny but my lap top which also has this sound card, and uses 64 bit, has always had ‘sound’ problems. Thats why I was asking about the latest alsa version. But was directed to

kernel i386 or x86_64 GNU/Linux (openSUSE-11.1)

The following commands are only for kernel '

     zypper ar [Index of /repositories/multimedia:/audio:/KMP/openSUSE_11.1_Update]( multimedia

     zypper install alsa-driver-kmp-default

     zypper rr multimedia

thats why i was asking about the 386 machines.

So the sound is back, Amarok - fine, Firefox and BBCiplayer - fine. Kaffeine and a CD fine but still distorted or non or lock up with KDE desktop sounds and Kontact.

This is the same problem on the lap top and I was wondering if it was a alsa problem.

The problem being I am a newbie and like to use computers. I have another machine running Suse 10.2 and that has been stable for years but now not supported.

Thanks for your help.

OK, sound is back. Glad to read its working. Congratulations on sorting this.

I don’t use Kontact, so I can’t help there.

My Alsa Sound driver is out of date 1.0.17

Would it be a good idea to install the driver 1.0.21 modified today?

As detailed in the audio troubleshooting site

OS: Linux x86_64
Current user: brian@linux-z3dx
System: openSUSE 11.1 (x86_64)
KDE: 3.5.10 “release 21.11”


I do not think it would be a good idea, unless you have a very specific problem that you know will be fixed by 1.0.21 of alsa. I seriously doubt an update to alsa will help your problem with Kontact.

And there are disadvantages to updating to 1.0.21. Such an update may mean every time there is a kernel update there is the possibility that your audio will be broken and will stop working … at least stop working until a new openSUSE alsa rpm is packaged for the new kernel. Sometimes that is available immediately, and other times it takes a couple of weeks after a kernel update.

Ok Thanks very much - will do that.