December 29th, 2004, 08:02
Well I did the upgrade to 5.3, and now I can't get my built-in sound card to work. It's some VIA chipset built-in sound. In 4.10 'device pcm' did it, but in 5.3 device sound isn't cutting it. I tried kldloading snd_sbc, and snd_emu10k1, but no luck.

December 29th, 2004, 10:10
I always use kldload snd_driver. One of those has to work =)

December 29th, 2004, 10:42
What does dmesg say you have?

I always dread trying to get sound working on yet another hunk of Intel hardware. I end up Googling for a few hours, finding that patches exist for a Linux kernel, doc-diving the manufacturers site, grep'ing the kernel sources and discovering that I need to add a string to the PCI recognition codes, because although it's exactly the same as a Frobozzco Ultra-Whizzy Mk II, this one's a Mk IIa so they changed the PCI code from 0xdeadbeef to 0x00c0ffee.

December 29th, 2004, 11:49
Mmmm 0x00c0ffee

The stupid sound card on my Intel P4 motherboard pushed me into running NetBSD CURRENT to get it to work. I enjoyed my time on CURRENT with that box but I hate being forced into it or hacking up some patches for a release.

December 29th, 2004, 15:32
I think device pcm is deprecated in favor of device snd. Man sound should have the required info...

December 29th, 2004, 16:45
Well, I did a "kldload snd_driver" and it seemed to work. It noticed the sound card as pcm0, and then locks.

December 29th, 2004, 20:45
i did this to detemine which i had..

cd /boot/kernel/modules

for ls in snd_*
echo $ls
kldload $ls
xmms some.playlist
sleep 5
kldunload $ls

that should help in finding the right module you need..

December 29th, 2004, 21:14
Looks like I lack the module dir. Guess that could be an issue.

December 29th, 2004, 21:23
What about just /boot/kernel/snd* ?

December 29th, 2004, 22:09
aha! I bet this snd_cmi will work. Thanx bmw!

December 31st, 2004, 00:43
Have you tried using the latest OSS sound drivers? I just got a brand new chaintech av-710 and it wouldnt work at all with fbsd 5.3, no drivers would attach....
check out

It worked for me, they support my soundcard which is brand new....and its free only have to buy a license if you are using it for professional stuff or something like that...