Soundblaster 16 ISA


Forum: Multimedia
Topic: Soundblaster 16 ISA
started by: benpicco

Posted by benpicco on Dec. 23 2007,23:04
Hi, I got an old ISA Soundblaster 16, Ive heared that it should be no problem getting it running under linux, but this is not true for me. I tried isapnptools and did pnpdump, but I always only get
Code Sample
# $Id: pnpdump_main.c,v 1.27 2001/04/30 21:54:53 fox Exp $
# Release isapnptools-1.26
#
# This is free software, see the sources for details.
# This software has NO WARRANTY, use at your OWN RISK
#
# For details of the output file format, see isapnp.conf(5)
#
# For latest information and FAQ on isapnp and pnpdump see:
# http://www.roestock.demon.co.uk/isapnptools/
#
# Compiler flags:  -DREALTIME -DHAVE_PROC -DENABLE_PCI -DHAVE_SCHED_SETSCHEDULER -DHAVE_NANOSLEEP -DWANT_TO_VALIDATE
#
# Trying port address 0273
# Trying port address 027b
# Trying port address 0283
# Trying port address 028b
# Trying port address 0293
# Trying port address 029b
# Trying port address 02a3
# Trying port address 02ab
# Trying port address 02b3
# Trying port address 02bb
# Trying port address 02c3
# Trying port address 02cb
# Trying port address 02d3
# Trying port address 02db
# Trying port address 02e3
# Trying port address 02eb
# Trying port address 02f3
# Trying port address 02fb
# Trying port address 0303
# Trying port address 030b
# Trying port address 0313
# Trying port address 031b
# Trying port address 0323
# Trying port address 032b
# Trying port address 0333
# Trying port address 033b
# Trying port address 0343
# Trying port address 034b
# Trying port address 0353
# Trying port address 035b
# Trying port address 0363
# Trying port address 036b
# Trying port address 0373
# Trying port address 037b
# Trying port address 0383
# Trying port address 038b
# Trying port address 0393
# Trying port address 039b
# Trying port address 03a3
# Trying port address 03ab
# Trying port address 03b3
# Trying port address 03bb
# Trying port address 03e3
# Trying port address 03eb
# Trying port address 03f3
# No boards found

I Tried disabling PnP in the BIOS, enabling it, set to "Other PnP OS" or "no PnP OS", no change at all.
The Information for the ISA Interface by lspci are:
0000:00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II] (rev 01)
       Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

Ive read that I might have to recompile the kernel, so how would i get the DSL kernel source? Or should I use the vanilla one?

Posted by curaga on Dec. 24 2007,08:59
Did you try "sudo modprobe sb"?
Posted by stupid_idiot on Dec. 25 2007,05:07
Quote (benpicco @ Dec. 24 2007,02:04)
Ive read that I might have to recompile the kernel, so how would i get the DSL kernel source? Or should I use the vanilla one?

Hi Ben:
There's no need to recompile -- the 'sb16' module is already included. I don't think recompiling is going to help. I am quite sure that 'sb16' is the correct module (have used an ISA SB16 briefly, with Linux).

Things you might want to try:
(1) Wipe off dust (if any) and reseat the card.
(2) Try another ISA slot.
(3) Check for bad contact -- The card should be aligned with the backplate, so that all the gold-colored connectors go all the way into the ISA slot. Sometimes, the card may be attached at a slight angle with the backplate, so that one side of connectors doesn't go all the way in. This might cause the card to not be detected.

After doing the above, boot up and re-run 'pnpdump'.

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