Realtek audio installation issues

Hi I am new to opensuse 11.1 and linux 2 days ago being my first time installing linux.

I have a MSI k9a2 motherbaord MSI – MICRO-STAR INT’L CO., LTD.

I also have a ATI 3870 graphics card which has HDMI which I am running but the DVI to HDMI adaptor does not support audio, but still shows up as a audio device.

I want to be able to run my onboard spdif out. So I downloaded the driver from the realtek website but I am unsure even after reading the readme file and spending 2 days researching and attempting different things on how to be able to install it and get it to work.

Also just so you know my sound works fine in Vista, but I had to disable the audio from the ATI 3870 graphics card as I dont have the correct connection for that to get audio and then set my onboard audio Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC888/ALC888T- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
as the default and then in the options select SPDIF-out header.

just like to mention I downloaded realtek-linux-audio-pack-5.09
from here Realtek

And this is the readme file I got with the download. I thought I might have to follow these instructions but I’m lost and confused. Any assistance would be grateful as I have been trying for 2 days now to get this to work.

The source code copy from Main Page - AlsaProject. ver:3.3-4
Linux Source Code for ALC audio codec
Support Codec list:
====AC97 Codec=====

====HD Audio codec ====

This Source Code is from Main Page - AlsaProject.
For OS installation, please remember add the Development tool kit.
For driver installation, please follow below steps.

Automatic install: (Recommend RedHat distribution)


Note: Ubuntu OS, please use manual install.
Run commands need to add sudo at first words.

Manual install:
Step 1. unzip source code
tar xfvj alsa-driver-1.0.xx.tar.bz2

Step 2. Turn on sound support from kernel config
(soundcore module, default turn on)

Step 3. Complied source code
a. cd alsa-driver-1.0.xx
b. ./configure
c. make
d. make install
e. alsaconf
f. ./snddevices (Only kernel 2.4 does it)

Step 4. Edit your /etc/modules.conf or conf.modules depending on the distribution
(Please refer to the attached modules.conf)

snd-xxxx is the card ID.

– Azalia controller --ALC880 ALC882 ALC260 ALC262 ALC883 ALC885 ALC888
— Intel ICH6 ICH7 ---------

– AC97 controller --ALC655 ALC650 ALC250 ALC255
— Intel ICH6 ICH7 , SiS 7012 and NVidia----------
— Via8233 Via686a -------------------------------
— ATI Chipset -------------------------------

Copy and paste this to the bottom of your /etc/modules.conf or /etc/modprobe.conf file.

ALSA portion

alias char-major-116 snd
alias snd-card-0 snd-xxxx

OSS/Free portion

alias char-major-14 soundcore
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0

card #1

alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss

Step 5. reboot your machine

Step 6. Use the alsamixer the disable mute (All audio line default is mute)
*Must to compile and to install the ALSA library and utility. (Use automatic install is already install)
excute alsamixer

Note: 1. The most detail information, can refer the alsa-kernel/Documenttation/ALSA-Configuration.txt in the azx-021705.tar.bz2.
2. Kernel Version must be 2.2.14 or later.
3. All mixer channels are muted by default. You must use a native
or OSS mixer program to unmute appropriate channels.
4. If can not compile the source code, try to rename the /usr/src/linux-2.x -> /usr/src/linux.
5. The driver added to support the SPDIF functoin.
6. a. You can download the alsa-lib-1.0.9 and alsa-utils-1.0.9a form the Main Page - AlsaProject, then unzip and install them.
b. Suggest use “alsamixer” to control mixer function.
c. Used “alsaconf” can autodetect which drive you need to install (step 4).
7. SUSE Distribution must install the ncurses package.

grizzlywright, we have a policy of only one thread per one user per problem, assuming that the title of the thread is reasonably representative … I note you have a support thread already going here:
realtek audio problems - openSUSE Forums… I’m puzzling as to the need for the second thread for the same problem ?

yeah sorry about that. I realised I posted the other thread under networking and though maybe I should re post in here, should I delete this thread and leave other one or visa versa?


I closed the other thread.

Now that you have an unclear mix of realtek and alsa drivers, the extent of which (installation) I do not know, I doubt that I can help. I know a bit about alsa, and nothing about realtek, so even if you had a clean realtek install, I could not help. Typically I need a fixed understandable baseline in order to provide assistance (indeed I need such a baseline for my hardware/software to function properly).

Thanks heaps for your help, hopefully in time I will learn the linux os better. I sent an email to realtek to see if they can help in anyway. Hopefully I dont get the response of we only support windows.