Sound problems with VIA chipsets

Q I'm a newbie with regards to Linux, but with the offer on your cover of SUSE 9.2 I thought I'd give it a try, and set my machine up to dual-boot both Windows 98 SE and SUSE 9.2. I must say I'm very impressed. The install was a lot easier than Windows' and I'm thinking of doing away with Windows altogether. The only thing stopping me is the inability to get my onboard sound working. My PC specifications are: AMD Duron processor running at 1,600MHz, 512MB DDR RAM, ASRock K7VT2 motherboard with onboard sound, LAN, USB 2.0, etc, Maxtor 40GB HDD, Bearpaw 1200Cu scanner, Epson 810 Colour Stylus photo printer, Compaq Presario 1425 monitor.

A The ASRock K7VT2 motherboard uses a VIA chipset, which has onboard AC97 compatible audio. If you are running a 2.6 version of Linux you can add the following to your /etc/modules.conf file:

#--- START ALSA ---#
#--- ALSA ---#
alias char-major-1  16* snd
alias snd-card-0       snd-via82xx
# (sound-card-0 is probably not
needed, but just in case)
alias sound-card-0 snd-card-0
#--- OSS ---#
alias char-major-14* soundcore
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
#--- ALSA - CARD ---#
options snd           cards_limit=1
#--- ALSA - OSS ---#
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-
#--- ALSA - /dev (OSS) ---#
alias /dev/sequencer* snd-seq-oss
alias /dev/dsp*      snd-pcm-oss
alias /dev/mixer* snd-mixer-oss
alias /dev/midi*     snd-seq-oss
#--- END ALSA ---#

Once the audio device is accessed, it will automatically load the modules for you.

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