I am completely new to Linux. I got a very old machine with an NVida board and installed OpenSuse 11.1 based only on the intuitive GNOME graphics interface, which is quite friendly, without any problem. Everything works fine except sound. Part of my problem is that I dont have any manuals about the boards, I only know it’s an NVidia board, and the machine was home-assembled by purchasing CPU, etc…, so it doesn’t have a brand.
So far, I have done the following:
a) Downloaded/installed all the Linux NVidia Legacy Drivers for OpenSuse 11.1 from NVidia’s web site.
b) Today, automatically, configured at YAST/SOUND I have as board 0 (default), nForce2 AC97 Audio Controller (MCP), with the default values. This produces no sound whatsoever. Video is 100% right, so I am guessing the the OS automatic choice of NVidia card is good.
c) Since the system advices to install ALSA or OSS/Free if there are problems with sound, I did try those. I have 3 options at ALSA, but none of them achieves installation. I get the following message:
An error occurred during the installation of
“Dummy soundcard” (or whatever option I try)
The kernel module snd-dummy for sound support could not be loaded. This can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
d) I went to Software Manager and installed all software/drivers related to ALSA and repeated the procedure, without success.
e) I have also tried playing with the configuration of the sound options (i.e PCM devices, PCM substreams for ALSA, or the NVidia parameters like AC97 workaround for strange hardware, without results).
f) I have tried installing other options of the NVidia board, i.e. nForce2 Audio, but I get the same error message, indicating that module snd-intel8x0 for sound support could not be loaded).
All advice will be welcome. I am aware that it might be necessary to send outputs from some command lines, but I haven’t used any so far :P, so please be very specific in the instructions (so far, all I know is how to access the terminal mode!).
Thanks in advance :). Regards,