Andrew Lord andrewlord at
Fri May 23 12:04:04 CST 2003

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your feedback. It's now a matter of speculation as to whether 
'sound' and 'alsa' were present under /proc/devices when alsa wasn't working.  
It is now of course (see my reply to Alan re complete system reinstallation) 
and I have checked /proc/devices and found that they are there.
Thanks for this tip though. . . I'll remember to have a look at /proc/devices 
when (I'm guessing it *is* a 'when') alsa breaks again. 


Andrew Lord

On Thu, 22 May 2003 01:36 pm, you wrote:
> On Wed, May 21, 2003 at 01:29:05PM +0930, Andrew Lord wrote:
> > I'm guessing that the driver that alsamixer points to needs to be
> > updated, but have no idea of what file would need to be changed.  Is this
> > a correct guess, and has anybody had/overcome this difficulty please ?
> >
> > Also when I type arecord -l (to list the available sound cards, I get):
> > 	"arecord: device_list:190: no soundcards found..."
> It sounds like (sorry for pun) you have the sound devices but not the ALSA
> sound devices. Type cat /proc/devices and you should see something like
> this Character devices:
>   1 mem
>   2 pty
>   3 ttyp
>   4 ttyS
>   5 cua
>   6 lp
>   7 vcs
>  10 misc
>  14 sound     <------ should have this
> 108 ppp
> 116 alsa      <------ but do you have this?
> 162 raw
> If not ALSA should have a script called snddevices to create them for you.
> Call for further help if needed.

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