View Full Version : anybody use mandrake linux 9.1 with soundblaster live?
08-23-2003, 04:23 PM
If there are any users out there that use Mandrake linux 9.0 with a soundblaster live card, can some one please let me know if and how you got it to work, also if you know how to get hardware accelleration for a geforce 2 mx graphics card going, it would be a giant help if you can please direct me in the right direction.
08-23-2003, 04:42 PM
A sound blaster should work without any hassle , i have not tried mandrake since version 9.0. Hardware accelleration for a geforce 2 mx graphics card should work after you have downloaded and installed the drivers from nvidia, i have had these working when i used suse 8 it makes a big difrence to games i used the update feature of suse to get nvidia drivers installed . :-)
08-23-2003, 04:47 PM
9.0 or 9.1? You've listed both.
Either way, the SB Live should be automatically detected, but you will probably find that the sound is muted by default. Fire up Kmix or whatever mixer you have installed and unmute the sound channels.
As for the hardware acceleration, you will need to install the nVidia drivers. I haven't done this yet on 9.1, but on 9.0 it involved installing the two archives nVidia provide and making a quick change to a config file (all documented in the readme). Restart and you should get the nVidia logo before X fires up.
9.1 is really nice, specially the urpmi software management system. You may find the Easy URPMI Configurator (http://plf.zarb.org/~nanardon/urpmiweb.php) site handy.
08-23-2003, 05:02 PM
thanks I was talking about mandrake linux 9.1, here is my problem, I am still kinda new to the linux thing. Using the advice and opening Kmix, I un muted everything, and still no sound, during linux installation it said that I had the soundblaster audigy, (which I dont, I have the soundblaster live 5.1 platinum) so I chose the alternative and, so now I dont know how to change it back. and for some reason I cant seem to log in as a root user to make the modifications, and when I click on configurations/hardware/harddrake, all I get is a spinning hour glass in the task menu then it goes away.
I know, I know, I must sound like a retart... ...but if I knew it all, there would be no bill fakes, I mean gates.
08-23-2003, 05:20 PM
when I click on KDE control center then go to system, them click on login manager then click administrator mode, nothing happens
I cant even get to the login manager to login as a root
08-23-2003, 05:22 PM
Heh, no problem. I'm something of a newbie when it comes to Linux too, relatively speaking.
OK, the first problem you have is the root issue.
Open up a shell and type "su". This should then ask you for the root password (I assume you did give it one during installtion - 9.1 allows you to not set a root password, but that's a bad idea IMHO). If that works OK, the first thing to do is restart the system to make sure there are no detected problems, and then use the menu to select "Configuration" and "Mandrake Control Center" (this should be the last option I think). You will now be asked for the root password again, and once you type it in the Control Center should come up. Once there you should pick the hardware config... (let me fire Mandrake up and I'll be right back...) :-)
08-23-2003, 05:31 PM
I opened konsole, typed su, typed my pw, then closed console and clicked on log out, then restart, upon shutting down, something called susloth (I think) failed, then while rebooting, somthing else failed but then they system just loaded into the k desktop like normal, there was no menu to boot into root
mandrake 9.0 had a nice menu to chose user/destop/theme, but not 9.1
08-23-2003, 05:32 PM
@warpiper : for getting root access, either login as root, to get the $DISPLAY enviroment variable set, or use "su -" for root access from (any) shell. the difference is, that with "su -" (seen against "su") the .bash-profile (if using bash) is read from the root user. if you only use "su" your $PATH variables might not be set correct.
08-23-2003, 05:34 PM
08-23-2003, 05:34 PM
come to #amiga.org on irc.webchat.org, this might be easier.
08-23-2003, 05:42 PM
ok shlva, I am there using KSirc, crappy irc program
08-23-2003, 05:43 PM
(...right, I'm logged into Linux now...)
I'm running KDE as my default desktop, so your mileage may vary slightly.
Let's go back to the point where you have just logged in under your own name. (9.1 hides the root login option by default)
Use the Kicker to go to "Configuration->Mandrake Control Center". This should come up with a requester asking you to enter the root password. Do so and the Mandrake Control Center 9.1 should pop up for you.
Select Hardware and then HardDrake. this will now list the hardware detected. You should be able to see the SB Live! (audio) under the Soundcard section.
Highlight the card and then click on "Run Config Tool". The Sound Config will now come up, showing "audigy" by default. Click on the selection arrow to the right of the text field and select the emu10k1 driver. Click "OK" and this will apply the config.
(Take a look at the troubleshooting part while you're there. It gives you some shell commands you can checke your setup with)
Quit the Control Center. use the Kicker to select "Mutimedia->Sound->KMix" The green "LED" on the leftmost slider needs to be on. (You should be able to see the muting on the speaker icon that appears next to the clock. If it's crossed out your sound is muted. Turning the LED on and off should reflect on this icon). Also make sure xmms, or whatever else you may be using to test the sound doesn't have the volume turned right down. (The reason sound options are usually turned off is to prevent damage to audio equipment should levels be set too high - better safe than sorry)
If you still have problems logging in as root, even under the shell, you may want to consider re-installing to get a clean install. (although it should be possible to fix your problem anyway, though I may lack the know-how)
08-23-2003, 06:23 PM
how or where is the kicker?
08-23-2003, 07:35 PM
heh I did a clean install and now I get sound and able to access root, thanks now I have to get graphics accelleration going. it was a bad install.
08-23-2003, 07:44 PM
Check out that URPMI link I posted earlier. Clear your software sources list, then use a console in "su -" mode to type in each one of the urpmi.addmedia lines to the console (or better still, use copy & paste). This will add an excellent list of repositories for you, including the nVidia archives packaged for Mandrake.
BTW, the Kicker is the bar at the bottom, with the KDE equivalent of the Windows "Start" button at the left side of it.
08-23-2003, 09:21 PM
oh man, I am a complete windows and Amiga ONLY moron, This whole thing is like a completely a differant language to me, looking at that site you sent me about the URPMI stuff is getting me lost for real
I never compiled anything except lint in my pockets,
If its not Amiga or windows commands in the shell, its not english to me
I have absolutly no clue what so ever as to what I am doing, I am even rethinking the whole linux thing over, again.
08-23-2003, 09:24 PM
I have no idea how to clear my software sources list either
or to even close the Xserver thing
08-24-2003, 01:46 AM
Don't get discouraged dude, you didn't learn AmigaOS or Windows in a day either. ;-)
Drop me a line to bill_hoggett.AT.lineone.net and I'll tell you about that site and how to clear your software repository. It's surprisingly simple when you know what to look for.
08-24-2003, 09:12 AM
I recently installed nvidia's drivers for my GF4 (which is now dead, unfortunately) under Mandrake 9.1, and found it to be quite easy for a newbie such as myself, thanks to good documentation.
First off, I never found out how to quit the X-server without shutting down totally or rebooting, so instead I used Mandrake Control Center -> Hardware -> XFdrake -> Options to set it to *not* boot straight into X.
After that, a reboot, and I got to the console and SU'ed.
Navigated to the folder I downloaded the archive to and typed:
sh WhatEverTheArchiveNameIs.run (remember it's case-sensitive)
The installer did it's thing, I can't remember if there was any interaction there or if it just did everything itself, the latter, I think.
Reboot to the prompt, type 'startx' (without quotes) and boot into X.
Then I edited my XF86Config-4 as described in the drivers readme in section 3, i changed one word and added one line, IIRC, quite easy, it's all in the readme. XF86config-4 is in /etc/X11
Then I ran XFdrake again and set it back to boot straight into the GUI and rebooted .... all done
Well almost, I had to fiddle a bit more with XF86config-4 to get Twinview and TV-out set up, but it's all in the readme.
Nvidia's Linux section is here (http://www.nvidia.com/linux)
Direct link to the latest IA32 archive is here (http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/1.0-4496/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run)
And the readme is here, you might want to print that out, at least the installing part (sorry the link didn't work, you have to copy+paste :)
Good luck, there's really nothing to it :-)
08-24-2003, 09:53 AM
Oh btw., when you edit the XF86config-4, you'll want to do it as root, or else your changes won't be saved.
Open a console and type:
(and your password)
and then navigate to /etc/X11 and open the file with your editor of choice (i use kwrite)
08-24-2003, 02:43 PM
irst off, I never found out how to quit the X-server without shutting down totally or rebooting
could try keycombo ctrl+alt+backspace
or ctrl+alt+F2 or ctrl+alt+F7
then when the terminal comes up, type ps -aux <enter>
the just type kill <pid#> (where pid# is the number assigned to KDE or XFree in the ps -aux listing.
set it to *not* boot straight into X.
yep from su terminal just vi /etc/inittab
then replace the initdefault with a 3 instead of the 4 or 5 that is there.
I dont use mandrake b.t.w.
08-24-2003, 03:07 PM
Ctrl+alt+backspace closes the whole system down (or was it a reboot, can't remember), donno why Mandrake has to do that differently, everyone I talked to told me that keycombo should work, but alas ...
Oh yeah, I forgot about inittab, I think I edited that when I was fiddling with some other stuff, though. I tend to forget the names and locations of various config files, so I often opt for a GUI setting instead (hey, I told you I was a noob :)
08-24-2003, 04:03 PM
Ctl+Alt+Backspace should work, but it doesn't under Mandrake 9.1 for some reason. On my system it merely logs me out.
However, doing the manual identification and killing of X after Ctl+Alt+F2 (and login as root) will do the job.
The .run file from NVIDIA will work when run as:
and the only bit that you must change in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 is the driver from "nv" to "nvidia".
(Other features are also enabled there, see the readme file)
Just ran through the process last night and it installed without problems.
08-28-2003, 02:31 PM
WOW WHAT A DIFFERANCE!!!!!
I have gotten both the sound blaster and the Geforce 2 graphics cards working with full 3d accelleration I am really really liking it, though i still think its still a pain to set up, setting up hardware for a system OS should not be so hard and cryptic (vi is a cryptic text editor, nothing like the amiga and windows editors), so....
...THANKS TO ALL THAT HAVE HELPED ME WHITH THIS LITTLE PROBLEM
THIS IS WHY, EVEN THOUGH i DONT HAVE MY AMIGA'S ANYMORE i STILL KEEP COMMING BACK, THE AMIGA COMMUNITY IS STILL ONE OF THE COOLEST ONLINE COMMUNITIES THERE ARE.
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