no external sound card sound!

i am new in linux just installed. so i dont know nothing about it. i have a creative sound blast 24 bit external sound card that works via usb. the sound card that came integreated with my laptop (hp pavillion dv6000) is broken but linux reads it insted of usb one. i trie to add a new card with YaST but the creative sb 24 bit drivers are not working and yast gives me a error message. what i need to do to use me external sound card. remember i am totally new.
beforehand thak you for your help.

I am using:
laptop HP Pavilion dv6000
Linux Suse 10.1
sound creative soundblast live! 24-bit external

I am also a newbie and have somewhat of the same problem on my desktop with suse 11.0. I found this today which might help a little bit with troublshooting sound to work. I see that your’s is a soundblaster, but my sound card is a realtek ac97. The steps to troubleshoot should be the same. I am going to see if I can try it tonight. I am sure there is a way to install both sound cards and select the usb one as the default in the sound properties in YAST.

SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE

i get to the part that you found the audio codec in alsa and it showed something in nvidia, i wonder if that is the inbult sound card or the usb one, it also shows only 00x00000 or something like that, (right now i’m not on my laptop) instead of something like
ALC650F like in the example. then i try the next step but my alsa version sims to be very old to do that.

how do i install a newer version of alsa??

  • kexinger,

I have external USB speakers for my notebook, and I couldn’t get them to work until I tried Pulse Audio.


Installing a new version of alsa is a bit drastic. There is guidance for doing that here. Note you need to update alsa, alsa-utils, alsa-tools, alsa-firmware, libasound2 AND also install the appropriate alsa-kmp-driver-yourkernelversion

Before doing that, maybe you could provide more detail on your audio config so some of the users on this thread can focus their recommendations? To provide more information, with your PC connected to the internet copy and paste the following into a gnome-terminal or konsole:

wget && su -c 'bash ./tsalsa' 

when prompted for a password please enter your root password. Please try to accurately answer the question on the number of plugs/jacks on your PC (for example my PC has 3 i/o plugs/jacks). When the script completes it will pass you a URL. Please post that URL here.

Also, please copy and paste the following into a gnome-terminal or konsole and post the output here.rpm -qa | grep alsa
rpm -qa | grep pulse
rpm -q libasound2
uname -a
cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound

Also, try your USB headphones in different configurations. Try it by booting with the headphones plugged in. Also try booting with the headphones NOT plugged in, and then plug in the headphones after the boot.

here are bouth results:

uploading /tmp/tsalsa.txt to
Uploading /tmp/tsalsa.txt: #-------------------------------------------------] 0.2 Seconds
tsalsa completed in 565 seconds
paste this url in #alsa:

kexinger:/home/kexinger # rpm -qa | grep alsa
kexinger:/home/kexinger # rpm -qa | grep pulse
kexinger:/home/kexinger # rpm -q libasound2
package libasound2 is not installed
kexinger:/home/kexinger # uname -a
Linux kexinger #1 Wed May 3 04:53:23 UTC 2006 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
kexinger:/home/kexinger # cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
alias sound-slot-0 snd-hda-intel

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