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Configuring Your Sound Card with sndconfig

Red Hat has developed a tool to configure most sound cards in Linux called sndconfig. It is based on the ncurses graphics library, so X Windows, KDE, or Gnome is not required. It should be run from a console not in X Windows. If you have Red Hat installed, chances are you already have sndconfig installed. If not, you can downloaded it from Red Hat’s ftp server or one of their mirror ftp servers. (see below for links)

Installing sndconfig

  1. Download from Red Hat ftp site or Red Hat Mirror ftp site
  2. rpm -ivh sndconfig-0.43-1.i386.rpm as root.
  3. Run /usr/sbin/sndconfig as root.

Using sndconfig

Using sndconfig is pretty self-explanitory – just follow the instructions on each screen:

  1. As root, run /usr/sbin/sndconfig.
  2. Click OK
  3. If all goes well, it should probe for your sound card and tell you which model it found. If not, you will be able to choose from a list of supported cards.
  4. If the file /etc/isapnp.conf exists, it will warn you the original file will be renamed /etc/isapnp.conf.bak and a new file will be written.
  5. If the file /etc/conf.modules exists, it will warn you the original file will be renamed /etc/conf.modules.bak and a new file will be written.
  6. A sample sound will be played to test your sound configuration.
  7. Choose Yes if you hear the sample sound.
  8. A sample MIDI sound will then be played.
  9. Choose Yes if you hear the sample midi.
  10. sndconfig will then close and your sound card will be configured.

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